Author details

David McVey


I’m from Kirkintilloch, was born in 1961 (same year as George Clooney and the Berlin Wall) and was formerly a lecturer at the University of Paisley. Currently, I lecture part-time in Communication at New College Lanarkshire - but I’ve also been a tax officer, a Communications Co-ordinator, a grouse beater and spent one miserable evening bar-coding at B&Q. I specialise in the short story, but I also write non-fiction, particularly about history, walking and the outdoors, a bit of drama, book reviews and some academic work. I enjoy leading workshops and teaching writing at all levels, from students learning basic essay techniques to exploring the agonies of fiction creation with groups of experienced writers. I’m married, enjoy hillwalking, cycling, reading, watching football (Scotland, Kirkintilloch Rob Roy and, by marriage, Inverness CT), theatre, historical research and bumbling about at historical sites. I’m a member of the National Association of Writers in Education, the Society of Authors and the Outdoor Writers’ and Photographers’ Guild.

About writer's work

I've published over 120 short stories, including some in prestigious anthologies such as the British Council New Writing volume, the Flamingo Book of New Scottish Writing and New Writing Scotland. I’ve also published hundreds of articles on topics ranging from acne to junior football, from academic English to local history. I believe that I bring the same craft and skills to both my literary and more commercial work; all writing is creative writing.

Current events and projects

I can meet with writers and other community groups to focus on general or specific aspects of writing, particularly on the short story or the non-fiction article. I am also happy to work with groups who want to focus on more basic aspects of writing, as I am passionate about encouraging people at all levels to express themselves, in their own way, in writing. In teaching, speaking and running workshops I pride myself in ensuring that all my audiences 1) learn something of value to them 2) do so while being entertained. I’m happy to link writing to topics such as local history, nature, the outdoors, football and outdoor activities.

Other work

Selected Recent Fiction Publications
Pastor Redlight, Frogmore Papers 81, Spring 2013
Poetry Nite, Acumen 76, May 2013
Pastor Gregor’s Study, Southlight 13, Spring 2013
Bannockburn 3D, The Eildon Tree, Autumn/Winter 2013
Calvin Melville PM, Southlight 15, Spring 2014
This Could be a Right Nutter, Dactyl, August 2014
Alfred, Moat and Justin, The Grind III, Sept 2014
With Montgomery at El Alamein, New Writing Dundee 8, Oct 2014
What the Sixties were Like in the West of Scotland, Eildon Tree 25, Winter/Spring 2015
The End of the Weekend, Structo 13, February 2015
A Year’s Hoard, Meniscus 3:1, [Australia], March 2015
Knox and the Reformers, Crooked Holster, April 2015
Burying the Ashes, Southlight 18, Autumn 2015
Knox and the Hate Mail, Crooked Holster - Ritual, December 2015
The Fires are Out, The Eildon Tree 28, Summer/Autumn 2016
Mahogany, Crooked Holster 3, December 2016 

Selected Recent Non-fiction
John Bell - 250 Years of Travels from St Petersburg, Scottish Local History, Autumn 2013
Sir Walter - the History Man, London Magazine, December/January 2013/14
Radical Rambling, Scots Magazine, Apr 2014
End of an Era at Adamslie Park, The Scotsman, 12 April 2014
Fictioning the Outdoors, Outdoor Focus, Spring 2014
Jessie Macfarlane – Pioneer, History Scotland, May/June 2014
‘The Means of Hanging a Great Number’, The Reader, Summer 2014
The Double Demise of England’s New Yorker,, July 2014
Thirty-Nine Steps, I Counted Them, Queen’s Quarterly [Canada], Winter 2014
Clipped Response, Writing Magazine, March 2015
The Man Who Thwarted Churchill, History Scotland, May/June 2015
21st Century Scott, iScot, February 2016
A Tale of Two Cars, History Magazine [USA], February/March 2016
Icons of Everywhere, The Countryman, July 2016
John McFarlan - an Honest Man, Thomas Muir of Hunterhill; essays for the 21st Century, Dec 2016
Two Royal Escapes, History Magazine [USA], February/March 2017
George Wylie - Straw and Paper , iScot, July 2017


Local authority where they are based

East Dunbartonshire

Local authorities where they can work

Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Glasgow, Inverclyde, Midlothian, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian

Age groups

Teens, Adults

LL funded


BRAW network


Author type



English, Scots