Born in Glasgow of Irish parents, Donald has worked in theatre and literature in since the '70s. Joining The Netherbow Arts Centre from the School of Scottish Studies in 1982, Donald became Director of the Scottish Storytelling Centre from 2003-2014. He was also a founding Director of the National Theatre of Scotland, and is Artistic Director of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival.
He has written a series of non-fiction books on Scottish culture including Storytelling Scotland (2001), A History of Scottish Theatre (co-author, 1995), God, the Poet and the Devil: Robert Burns and Religion (2009), Freedom and Faith (2014) - a book about Scottish independence - and Pilgrim Guide to Scotland (2015).
Donald Smith is an accomplished storyteller in a variety of media from fiction to digital, live stage and spoken word. He has also produced, adapted or directed over 80 plays and published a series of novels on turning points in Scottish history, including The English Spy, Between Ourselves, Ballad of the Five Marys and Flora McIvor.
(Works in Scots)