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James Kelman biography and information
- During the 1970s he published a first collection of short stories, and became involved in Phillip Hobsbaum's creative writing group in Glasgow along with Alasdair Gray.
- Kelman's stories introduced a distinctive style, expressing first person internal monologues in a pared-down prose using Glaswegian speech patterns. Kelman uses his Scottish heritage as inspiration for many of his novels.
- Kelman has many novels to his name, including How Late It Was, How Late (2010), A Disaffection (1989) and his most recent novel, Mo Said She Was Quirky (2012.)
Book and Writing Awards
Shortlisted for the Booker Prize for A Disaffection, won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction in 1989. Kelman won the 1994 Booker Prize for How Late It Was, How Late and in 1994 he was awarded the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award. His 2008 novel Kieron Smith, Boy won the Saltire Society's Book of the Year and the Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year.