Author details

Roger Hutchinson

Biography

I was born in the north of England and worked as an editor in London before joining the West Highland Free Press in Skye in 1977. I became a freelance author and journalist in 1986, and still live in the west Highlands.

About writer's work

My books are non-fiction - biography and social history. 'The Soap Man' was shortlisted for the Saltire Book of the Year in 2004; and 'Calum's Road' for the Royal Society of Literature's Ondaatje Prize in 2007.

Current events and projects

I am available for readings, talks, workshops, residencies on biography, history and journalism.

Other work

Aleister Crowley : the beast demystified, Mainstream 1998

`66: the real story of England`s 1966 World Cup triumph, Mainstream, 1996

The Toon: a complete history of Newcastle United Football Club

Into the light : a complete history of Sunderland Football Club

Empire games: the British invention of twentieth-century sport, Mainstream, 1996

All the sweets of being: a life of James Boswell, Mainstream, 1994

Crimes of war: the Antanas Gecas affair, Mainstream, 1995

High Sixties: Summers of Riot and Love, Mainstream, 1992

Email

rogermileshutchinson@btinternet.com

Local authority where they are based

Other

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

Adults

LL funded

Yes

BRAW network

No

Author type

Writer

Language

English

Books written

The Silent Weaver

The Silent Weaver

Author(s): Roger Hutchinson
In September 1939, groups of horsemen in battledress cantered down a broad, grassy plain on the western edge of Europe. The young men of the Western Isles were going to war again.
Polly: The True Story Behind Whisky Galore

Polly: The True Story Behind Whisky Galore

Author(s): Roger Hutchinson
Early on a wartime winter's morning in 1941, an 8,000-ton cargo ship loaded with whisky ran aground in the beautiful and treacherous seas of the Outer Hebrides.
Camanachd!: The Story of Shinty

Camanachd!: The Story of Shinty

Author(s): Roger Hutchinson
Shinty was taken by Scots all over the world. Twenty-four camain were standard issue to battalions of the Lovat Scouts during the Boer War.
A Waxing Moon: The Modern Gaelic Revival

A Waxing Moon: The Modern Gaelic Revival

Author(s): Roger Hutchinson
Thirty years ago, the Gaelic language and culture which had been eminent in Scotland for 1,300 years seemed to be in the final stages of a 200-year terminal decline.
The Soap Man: Lewis, Harris and Lord Leverhulme

The Soap Man: Lewis, Harris and Lord Leverhulme

Author(s): Roger Hutchinson
In 1918, as the First World War was drawing to a close, the eminent liberal industrial Lord Leverhulme bought - lock, stock and barrel - the Hebridean island of Lewis.
Calum's Road

Calum's Road

Author(s): Roger Hutchinson
Calum MacLeod had lived on the northern point of Raasay since his birth in 1911.
Walking to America

Walking to America

Author(s): Roger Hutchinson
'Walking To America' follows and recreates the immense journey, in search of a new life and of a miracle doctor who could cure the blindness of one of their number.