Coinneach (Kenny) Boyle was born in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis. His childhood life was divided between term-time in Glasgow, where his parents both worked as teachers, and long holidays back on Lewis. He was trained as an actor at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He also holds a degree from Strathclyde University.
He is the star, alongside Natalie Clark, of Ryan Hendrick's multi-award winning short film Perfect Strangers (2015) and of the same director's feature-film version Lost at Christmas (2020). His debut radio play Knock of The Ban-Sithe broadcast on Radio 4 in 2022. His plays include Eerie Isles, Playthrough and An Isolated Incident, and in 2021 he received a New Playwrights Award from the Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland. His work often focuses on mental health, island life, folklore, and mythology.
His debut novel The Tick and the Tock of the Crocodile Clock, about an aspiring writer from the Southside of Glasgow, was published by Lightning Books in May 2022, and The Scotsman called him “One of the nation’s best writers”.
He has appeared or is due to appear giving author talks at the Edinburgh Book Festival, Winter Words, Aye Write, Story Sunday in Aye, various branches of Waterstones throughout Scotland, and Blackwells in Edinburgh. He is an experienced performer, and very comfortable with audiences.
(Photo credit: Mihaela Bodlovic)