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David F. Ross

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Contact: dross@keppiedesign.co.uk
Local authority: East Ayrshire
Languages: English, Scots
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David F. Ross is a writer and architect. He was born in Glasgow in 1964. His critically acclaimed debut novel, The Last Days of Disco, was long-listed for the Best First Novel Award by the Author’s Club of London. National Theatre Scotland acquired dramatic rights for the book in 2015. He completed a trilogy of Ayrshire-based books with The Rise & Fall of the Miraculous Vespas and The Man Who Loved Islands. All three novels have been translated into German, published by Random House. Welcome to The Heady Heights - His fourth book for Orenda Books – was published in March 2019.

He has appeared at the Edinburgh International Book Festival three times, Lit.Cologne twice, and on the BBC Scotland radio programme Off The Ball four times.

He contributes regularly for Nutmeg and Razur Cuts magazines, and in December 2018 was chosen by The Joe Strummer Foundation to contribute a poem commemorating the 16th anniversary of the death of Joe Strummer for the publication Ashes to Activists.

In 2019, David was awarded a Fellowship (alongside the Scottish painter and artist John Byrne) by West College Scotland for services to Education.

His most prized possession is a signed Joe Strummer LP.

(Works in Scots)

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

Panel event; Performance; Reading; Talk; Workshop

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Intergenerational learning

Topics of work

Activism & protest; Ageing; Class & society; Comedy, humour & funny books; Contemporary fiction; Death, grief & bereavement; Family; Friendship; Loneliness & isolation; Music; Politics; Self-publishing & independent publishing; Urban communities

Age groups published for


Age groups can work with

15-18; 18+

Audience size

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