Weel duin tae Colin Burnett wha hae bin nominatit in Scots Writer o the Year sponsored by National Library of Scotland in the Scots Language Awards. Vote now!
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Tell us aboot yersel or yer ootfit.
Ah’m a writer fae Bonnyrigg which is a toon jist ootside ae Edinburgh. Ah write aboot workin class Scotland and ma debut book titled ‘A Working Class State of Mind’ was published in June by Leamington Books.
The book is a dark comedy that is baith political and social in nature. As much as ah want people tae find the book funny. Ah also want it tae come across as thoat provokin and that seems tae be the case wae the feedback ah’ve received fae readers. Another aim ae the book is tae engage the discipline ae sociology wae the wider workin class in a format that’s maire enjoyable than a traditional textbook. Ah studied sociology at Queen Margaret University in Musselburgh and ma fiction comes under the genre ae sociological fiction.
The book hus received rave reviews since it’s been released which me and ma publisher are delighted aboot. The central character in the book is cawed Aldo and he’s been described as ‘Begbie fur the Twitter generation’
Whit wis it got ye involvit wi the Scots leid?
Readin the works ae Jame Kelman and Irvine Welsh. But ma brother Michael Burnett who is a Scottish playwright who also writes in Scots wis the biggest influence oan me and it wis reading and watchin his plays that really encouraged me tae write in Scots.
Ony particlar career heighlichts
Ma debut book ‘A Working Class State of Mind’ being published and recently the book wis awarded a Scots publication grant fae the Scottish Book Trust.
Last year ah wis nominated fur Media person ae the year at the Scots language awards for ma writin
Wha’s yer plans fir the days aheid?
Well ah’m goin tae be writin a follae up book and ma dream is tae bring Aldo and co tae screen yin day. Though this is a pipedream but yae never ken.
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