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Barry Graham

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Contact: dauner@tutanota.com
Local authority: Glasgow City
Languages: English, Scots
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Barry Graham is the pen name of a novelist, poet, essayist and Zen Buddhist monk, the author of more than a dozen books, some of which have been translated into French. His novel The Book of Man was chosen as a best book of the year by the American Library Association, and in 2021 he was awarded the Prix Marianne for the French translation of his 1991 novel The Champion's New Clothes. His work has appeared in a variety of magazines internationally.

He leads writing workshops in schools and prisons, and gives performances in which he recites sections of his novels from memory. He also teaches the practice of Kado (The Way of Poetry), with writing as a method of Zen meditation.

He lived in the USA for 22 years, where he witnessed two executions, at the invitation of the men who were to be killed, an experience described in his book Why I Watch People Die. He returned home to Scotland in response to the election of Donald Trump, and now lives in Maryhill, Glasgow, where he was born and grew up


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Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen City; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; Shetland; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Mentoring; Panel event; Performance; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Care-experienced people; People experiencing mental health problems; Prisoners & young offenders; Vulnerable young people (under 18)

Topics of work

Activism & protest; Adolescence; Biography & memoir; Care experience; Childhood; Class & society; Contemporary fiction; Crime fiction; Death, grief & bereavement; Drug addiction, alcoholism & substance abuse; Family; Friendship; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Horror; LGBTQIA+ characters; Loneliness & isolation; Love & romance; Mystery & thriller; Politics; Poverty; Religion & beliefs; Self-publishing & independent publishing; Urban communities; Violence & abuse

Age groups published for


Age groups can work with

12-14; 15-18; 18+

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500; 500+