I’m from the ugliest town in the UK. Cumbernauld, of course – winner of Most Dismal Town in Britain, Worst Place To Live, Ugliest Building, ‘Plook On The Plinth’, and many other awards. I love it. I was never going to be anything other than fabulous and punk rock. Bored from hanging about outside the coolest venue in town (the local branch of Tesco), I decided to turn my storytelling skills into an actual career. It was either that or the pie factory – and I’m vegetarian, so working in a pie factory wasn’t ever happening. I wrote, performed, and toured my own punky one man shows around Scotland for a few years. Then I wrote my first novel, the quirky and murky Conjuring The Infinite…
About writer's work
Kirkland Ciccone soon took the Teen Reads Scene by storm, with his larger-than-life personality and punk rock-fuelled pop-art style giving him the edge he needed to grab attention. A favourite with librarians and teen readers for his anarchic live events, Kirkland was soon in demand. But what he does best is write twisty, weird YA fiction for the freaks/geeks/punks/teens who want to read something a little bit quirkier than the usual fare. His fiction is crammed with memorable characters, spiky dialogue, and Kirkland’s own observations. YA Fiction gives Kirkland a chance to speak out about the world. His debut novel, Conjuring The Infinite, gained rave reviews. Described by the Daily Record as “Really well written,” and, “thoroughly recommended.” Our Book Reviews said, “A real breath of fresh air. Tense and exciting yet down to earth and realistic with perhaps just an inkling of satire at the same time - and maybe a little more horrifying for that.” Conjuring The Infinite also won the Catalyst Book Award 2014, beating Carnegie Medal Winner Kevin Brooks and Sarah Mussi. No mean feat!
His second novel, Endless Empress: A Mass Murderer’s Guide To Dictatorship In The Fictional Nation Of Enkadar, was originally going to be titled High School Massacre: The Musical before a nervous publisher refused. Endless Empress is an over-the-top, punk-rock book with a disorientating structure and a murderous unicorn from a teenage girl’s imagination. It too garnered rave reviews: Wonderland Avenue gave it four out of five stars. Our Book Reviews said of it, “Brilliantly conceived and executed.” And The Bookwitch wrote, “Perhaps the Empress played with their minds, or is Kirkland playing with ours?”
His third book is North Of Porter, a story about a boy with a designer handbag who takes on a serial killer in a small town paralysed by an industrial strike. It isn't Kirkland Ciccone's life story. It was described by Kirkland as being a ‘melding of The X-Files and Scooby-Doo.’ North of Porter is like Kirkland’s other books: bizarre, intense and smart.
Kirkland’s forthcoming novel is Glowglass. It’s a tale about cults, poison and porridge. The working title for the book was The Gerard Way Fan Club. The book tells a story of a girl going to high school, trying to fit in, discovering music…and staying alive. The journey to the end of the novel is perilous and twisted.
Kirkland Ciccone is currently touring his outrageous one-man show across Scotland’s libraries/school libraries.
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Current events and projects
Kirkland Ciccone performed his anarchic one-man show at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2015 and 2017. He is currently touring his show around libraries, theatres, and schools around Scotland. He has also appeared at the Tidelines Book Festival, ReimagiNation, and various other festivals/venues as part of Book Week Scotland.
Kirkland Ciccone set up Yay! YA, Scotland’s first book festival completely dedicated to YA fiction. He has written for cool music ‘zines such as This Is Fake DIY, Rock Louder, Neu Magazine, and Subba Cultcha. His previous live shows include In Bed with Kirkland Ciccone, The Dead Don’t Sue, A Secret History, Kirkland Ciccone Plays Pop and others. He has also appeared on TV, radio, and various newspapers.