| A haphazard record of experience, feeling and thought . . .
| William McIlvanney: Living with Words 10pm BBC2 Friday 27th Feb 2015
|Connect Film's William McIlvanney: Living with Words will be screened on BBC2 at 10pm on Friday 27th February. The film includes contributions from Hugh McIlvanney, Ian Rankin and David Hayman.
| William McIlvanney at the BBC Arts Website (click on pics below)
|Scotland on Sunday Interview (click here) 22nd February 2015
|Herald Scotland Interview (click here) 15th February 2015
This website features writing by award-winning author and journalist William McIlvanney. One or two new Dispatches will be posted regularly and will be archived on this site. A lot of the writing featured here is new and unpublished, although extracts from Willie's existing body of work - journalism, essays and short stories - will also be included. All writing -
To read Doug Johnstone on William McIlvanney click here.
Willie and his website are featured on page 3 of S on S. Click here.
To read Susan Mansfield's article on William McIlvanney click here.
To read Allan Massie on William McIlvanney click here.
To read Hugh Macdonald on William McIlvanney click here.
At the Haye Festival on Sunday June 2nd 2013, Irvine Welsh interviewed William McIlvanney. Check it out here. After one particularly dark question about the socio-economic conditions in eighties Scotland, Irvine lifted the mood with: "Anybody got a question about puppies, bunnies & kittens?" Love it! And what an infectious laugh!
|| The Laidlaw Trilogy
When they were first published, they won Silver Dagger awards and were nominated for Edgars. With Canongate Publishing due to re-launch the Laidlaw novels, starting in May 2013, We feature extracts from the novels, selected and introduced by Willie, as well as a few interesting extras.
|| Sean Connery
"Any attempt to understand such a life can’t seek to be definitive. What it can possibly do is like archaeology , sink some speculative shafts into those times and, from what it finds, elicit some impression of the nature of the person, arrive perhaps at the salient features of the life...".
"I'm on a late-night train leaving Central Station. I have the compartment to myself until the train begins to pull out. I can hear the scuffling sounds in the corridor outside that announce the man with drink taken who has just made it. Experience tells me he will soon be my travelling companion. He soon is....".
|| TV-ing it...
"At one stage, being even shorter of money than usual, I agreed to do a TV column for the Glasgow Herald. I enjoyed it but, finding I did virtually no other writing during that time, I soon gave it up. A few samples may give a flavour of that phase, round about 1979 - 1980, I think."
|What other people say about William McIlvanney
While putting this site together for Willie, I decided to add some quotes of what people have said about him and his work over the years. Being a modest elder statesman, Willie was less than enthusiastic about the idea. However, despite Willie's objections, I have gone ahead and included the quotes anyway.
‘This is a man temperamentally incapable of writing bad prose’ – Jan Bell
‘Illuminating and thought-provoking’ – Irvine Welsh
‘Delightfully funny’ - Sunday Telegraph
‘On almost every page it offers matter for reflection’ – Scotsman
‘A natural of the transfixing phrase’ – Sunday Times
‘Fiercely evocative and witty with it’ – Literary Review
‘Inspiring and harshly funny’ – David Hughes
‘Brilliant’ – Ken Dunion
‘McIlvanney writes with appealing grace and thoughtfulness’ – Daily Telegraph
‘Telling observation and clear, perceptive writing’ – Spectator
‘Maturely reflective and insightful’ – Rosemary Goring
‘Hilarious, moving and incredibly articulate’ – Irish Times
‘Beguilingly brilliant’ Sunday Times
| William McIlvanney: Living with Words
Known as the ‘Godfather of Tartan Noir’, William McIlvanney has enjoyed a career resurgence in recent years. Landmark novels like Laidlaw have returned to print and earned him a new generation of admirers whilst Docherty was recently voted one of the top ten Scottish novels of all time. Living with Words, produced by Gill Parry, offers an intimate portrait of McIlvanney in his own words and those of family and colleagues, including his brother, celebrated sports writer Hugh McIlvanney . A welcome profile of a writer whose passionate sense of Scotland and socialist ideals have made him inspirational.
Director: Maurice O’Brien
Cast: William McIlvanney, Hugh McIlvanney, David Hayman, Ian Rankin
Running Time: 30m
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