Allan Cameron was born in 1952 and was brought up in Nigeria and East Pakistan (later Bangladesh). He left school at sixteen and started his education. He worked at sea and at the age of twenty moved to Italy, where he lived for many years. The trades he has been Jack of and not mastered include postman, labourer, factory worker, forwarding clerak, hydrographic surveyor and university lecturer. He now lives in Glasgow.
Luath Press published his two novels, The Golden Menagerie (2004), a modern reworking of Apuleius' The Golden Ass, that challenges the ideas and morality of that Latin author, partly his ideas have returned: a cult of success, a lack of compassion, and an obsession with the projection of the self on society, and The Berlusconi Bonus (2005), a political satire of the ideas of the neocons in general and Fukuyama in particular. The second novel has been published in Italian.
He has published a book on language, In Praise of the Garrulous (2008), a collection of essays, Things Written Randomly in Doubt, and two collections of poetry, Presbyopia (2009) and A Barrel of Dried Leaves (2016), and two collections of short stories, Can the Gods Cry? (2011) and On the Heroism of Mortals (2012).
He is also the translator of twenty-four books from Italian into English, including such writers as Norberto Bobbio, Romano Prodi, Eric Hobsbawm and Alessandro Barbero, and he has published articles in Italian newspapers and political magazines.
About writer's work
Allan Cameron has given talks on language, the history of writing and printing, and the importance of translation on many occasions, and more recently a "sceptic's defence of religion". He is interested in language and how it affects our behaviour, and how our behaviour affects language. His publishing activities include the publication of translated literary novels (from Italy, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania), and there are plans to go further afield. He is very happy to talk about how this sector works and how translation contributes to other national literatures.
Websites featuring the authorVegabond Voices
Current events and projects
He is currently working on a third novel, Cinico. Travels with a Good Professor at the Time of the Scottish Referendum, which claims to be the account of a cynical Italian journalist working in Scotland in 2014.
Editor and director of Vagabond Voices, a publishing house based in Glasgow.