Author details

Chris Dolan


Award-winning poet, author and playwright Chris Dolan was born in Glasgow, Scotland.

About writer's work

His first play, The Veil, premiered at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh in 1991. His other plays include Sabina! (1998), which won an Edinburgh Festival Fringe First in 1996, and which he adapted for BBC Radio 4 in 2000. The Reader, an adaptation of the novel by Bernard Schlink, was first staged in 2000 by Borderline Theatre and will be produced in the US in 2006. He also translates and adapts drama from Spanish, including Short Spin and Wheesht, and translates his own work into Spanish. He writes regularly for radio, including two original plays and several adaptations. He writes and presents radio features and documentaries for Radio Scotland and for BBC Radio 3 and 4. He writes screenplays which have included Poor Angels and a TV drama documentary, An Anarchist's Story, was broadcast by the BBC in 2006. His writing for television includes episodes of Taggart and River City. His first novel, Ascension Day, was published in 1998, and won the McKitterick Prize. His book Poor Angels and Other Stories (1995) was shortlisted for the Saltire Society Scottish First Book of the Year Award.

Other work

His journalism includes features, reviews and travel pieces for various newspapers and magazines, including The Independent and Scotland on Sunday, and he has been Literary Reviewer and Features Writer for The Herald since 2002. In 1999, he won the Canongate Prize for Journalism. His short stories have appeared in various magazines and anthologies and have been broadcast on BBC Radio and Radio Scotland. He is a former winner of the Macallan/Scotland on Sunday Short Story Competition.


Local authority where they are based


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, Other1, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian, Other

Age groups


LL funded


BRAW network


Author type

Playwright, Poet, Writer



Books written


Author(s): Chris Dolan
Elspeth, a young Scottish actress, is selected by the elusive impresario Lord Coak for an acting career on the Caribbean Island of Barbados.

Potter's Field

Author(s): Chris Dolan
In Glasgow's Kelvingrove Park, the bodies of two youths lie with bullet holes in their heads.

Poor Angels: And Other Stories

Author(s): Chris Dolan
Award winning collection of 16 short stories by Chris Dolan, about revelatory moments in peoples lives. Raw nostalgia, tesnion, moving insights. Softcover, intact and clean and undamaged.

Ascension Day

Author(s): Chris Dolan
On a dull March afternoon, three people are seen to rise off the streets of Glasgow into the clouds: a young woman, a bedraggled youth, and an older woman who has the modesty to hold her skirts around


Author(s): Chris Dolan