Author details

Allan Cameron

Biography

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.

He has published two novels, The Golden Menagerie (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 (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 poetry, Presbyopia (2009), and a collection of short stories, Can the Gods Cry? (2011).

He is also the translator of more than twenty 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

My work is often concerned with political, philosophical and religious themes. I am also very interested in language and how it affects our behaviour, and how our behaviour affects language. My work is cosmopolitan rather than metropolitan, and deals more with ideas than psychology.

Current events and projects

Poetry readings, talks on language (on language, writing and printing, and how these have moulded the way we talk, write and indeed think), and writing workshops.

Email: 
allan.cameron@virgin.net

Local authority where they are based

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles)

Local authorities where they can work

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian

LL funded

Yes

BRAW network

No

Author type

Poet, Writer

Language

English

Books written

On the Heroism of Mortals

Author(s): Allan Cameron
This is a collection of eleven short stories whose common theme is the heroism of our flawed lives.

Things Written Randomly in Doubt

Author(s): Allan Cameron
A work in three parts, Things Written starts with aphorisms in "How Not to Be a Ruminant", shifts to essays in "Weights and Counterweights", and concludes with poetry in "By t

Can the Gods Cry?

Author(s): Allan Cameron
With one exception, these short stories were written for this collection, and they tentatively look at different themes such as compassion, passivity and their opposites, which are not, of course, ori

Presbyopia

Author(s): Allan Cameron
This poetry is unfashionably but unashamedly political and philosophical.

In Praise of the Garrulous

Author(s): Allan Cameron
This is a book about language and above all about the value and essentiality of language in our lives.

The Berlusconi Bonus

Author(s): Allan Cameron
With a Berlusconi bonus, you pay no tax, you can bribe whoever you wish, your right to fraudulent business practice goes without saying, you can murder almost with impunity, you can even rape women an

The Golden Menagerie

Author(s): Allan Cameron
From Lucian Heatherington-Jones, an adolscent from Croydon, his meeting with a mirth-seeking sect plunges him into a series of nightmarish metamorphoses from which he can only be saved by the wise and