Author details

Samuel Best


I grew up in Linlithgow before attending the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, where I graduated with a First in Creative Writing and the bones of my first novel, Shop Front. Since then I have pursued a career in writing short stories and working on longer projects including novels and novellas.

About writer's work

In my shorter fiction I seem to always come back to three main topics: the sea, running away, and partnership. In my longer work I have moved from knife-crime and cancer, through confused sexuality, on to loneliness and alienation, and I’m currently tackling the rise of radical politics. My novels all tend to have a vein of humour running through them, however, to try and lighten these fairly heavy topics, and to give myself the hard task of trying to pitch a funny book about fascism.

Websites featuring the author

Website | Octavius Magazine

Current events and projects

I am happy to do any type of event, but I have most experience doing readings, talks and workshops. I have a wide range of short stories and novel extracts to read from and these can be incorporated into talks about writing and how to get published (I recently did a sesson at Portobello High School about this), and I have taught classes on how to start a short story at Linlithgow Academy and Greenfaulds High School. I am always happy to adapt lessons or talks according to the event and audience. 

I am available for events in all authorities accessible by public transport from Glasgow.


Other work

I am editor of literary magazine Octavius, which publishes creative writing from students in Scotland. For more information, visit   


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

Age groups

Teens, Adults

LL funded


BRAW network


Author type



English, Scots

Books written

Shop Front

Author(s): Samuel Best
Out of university and out of luck, Ben Hamilton moves back in with his parents to stack shelves at the local supermarket.