Author details

Jason Donald


I was born in Dundee, Scotland. My father is Scottish and my mother South African. When I was very young we moved to South Africa and I grew up and went to school in Pretoria. In 1990, I immigrated to the UK. For a while I worked in a bowling alley, then in a fast food outlet and also as a summer camp leader. I completed an M.A. in English Literature and Philosophy at the University of St. Andrews. After I graduated, I moved to Glasgow, taught ESOL classes in the mornings, wrote in the afternoons and studied at Glasgow University’s Creative Writing M.A., graduating with distinction.

About writer's work

I am using my Scottish Arts Council Grant to take time away from odd jobs and focus on the very odd work of writing. My next book focuses on the lives of asylum seekers in Glasgow, among other things. I believe that good literature should evoke a visceral reaction before (but not at the expense of) and intellectual one. I try to make people feel something powerful while allowing them to make up their own minds about the characters' choices.

Websites featuring the author

RCW Literary Agency

Current events and projects

I’m happy to do readings, residencies, or lead discussions. I prefer working with adults or older teens either on the subject of my own writing, or creative writing in general. I have recently worked with asylum seekers helping them write about their experiences.

Other work

'The Astronaut'. A short story for BBC Scotland for their Scottish Shorts program on Radio 4.


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

Age groups

Teens, Adults

LL funded


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Books written

Choke Chain

Author(s): Jason Donald
Choke Chain is set in poor white South African neighborhood during the 1980’s It is the story of two boys trying to grow up while their family unravels.