James Kelman gained critical and commercial recognition in the U.K. with Greyhound for Breakfast (1987), winner of the Cheltenham Prize, and the novel, A Disaffection (1989), which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize (for fiction). He is the author of a television screenplay, The Return (1991), and has written many plays for radio and theatre. Hardie and Baird, and other plays was published in 1991. How late it was, how late (1994) won the Booker Prize for Fiction. In 1998 he was awarded the Scotland on Sunday/Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award and the Stakis Prize for Scottish Writer of the Year for his collection of short stories The Good Times (1998). His previous book, And the Judges Said... (2002), is a collection of essays. James Kelman lives in Glasgow with his wife. You Have to be Careful in the Land of the Free, is his latest novel.
Festivals: 2004 (Canada-Europa)