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 Events - Willie receives UWS Honorary Doctorate

 William Mcilvanney received an  Honorary Doctorate from University of  the West of Scotland (UWS) at its  graduation ceremony on Friday 28  November at Ayr Town Hall. Willie was  particularly pleased to be receiving  such recognition in his home county of  Ayrshire.

 Willie said: “I am obviously honoured to  receive this award but I am not taking it  too personally. I can think of several  modern Scottish writers at least as  worthy of this as I am and I accept it  on behalf of all of us.” 

 Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal &  Vice-Chancellor of University of the  West of Scotland, said: “We are  delighted to award William McIlvanney,  who is one of Scotland’s most  celebrated novelists, with an Honorary  Doctorate. I am sure due to his  previous involvement in education he  will appreciate receiving this award  along with our distinguished graduates  at our ceremony in Ayr.”

 Willie is pictured, left, at the ceremony  with Ian Welsh who is Chair of  University Court.  

 To read the UWS  report click here.

 Docherty Voted 10th Favourite Scottish Novel of the Past 50 Years      

William McIlvanney's novel Docherty was voted 10th in a poll run by Scottish Book Trust to find out the public's favourite Scottish novel of the past 50 years. Read on.

 Willie picks up Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award for Writing       

William McIlvanney's extraordinary comeback year continued when he received the award for Writing at the 16th Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards in November. This follows on from Willie receiving the Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun Award for his "particular contribution to Scottish literature, inspiring and influencing new generations of Scottish writers, and enthralling and entertaining readers in Scotland and internationally."

Willie expressed his delight and disbelief at receiving the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award for Writing. Read on.  

William McIlvanney at Imprint Festival 2013.

 Willie at Imprint Festival

 Willie took part in this year's Imprint Festival  at theBurns Monument Centre, Kilmarnock on  Saturday 16th  November. He discussed a  range of topics with author Gordon Ferris in  front of an appreciative audience.

William McIlvanney receives the Fletcher of Saltoun Award for 2013.

The prestigious Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun Award was recently presented to William McIlvanney, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Scotland’s life and culture.

"The Saltire Society council was unanimous in their support for the award noting McIlvanney’s particular contribution to Scottish literature, inspiring and influencing new generations of Scottish writers, and enthralling and entertaining readers in Scotland and internationally. As a previous winner of the Saltire Book of the Year Award for his novel The Kiln, their recognition of his achievements is longstanding."

The picture above shows William McIlvanney receiving the award at the Mitchell Library on 26th September 2013 and was provided by another former Kilmarnock Academy pupil, Douglas Coulter.

    Harrogate, 20th July - Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival   

William is pictured above with Ian Rankin and Allan Watson at a recent event in Harrogate. Thanks to Allan Watson for sending us the photos.










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.

Canongate TV
Check out William McIlvanney in conversation with Doug Johnstone at Canongate TV.

 As Bloody Scotland 2014 approaches we look back on last year's event
 Report on Willie at  Bloody  Scotland 2013
 Len Wanner’s introduction to the man  himself was fulsome and considered.  Comments such as … created an  archetype with an all access pass …  seen as the source for tartan noir  …the genre debt to him is remarkable.

 When Len paused for a response,  Willie joked he should now leave, that  anything else would be an anti-climax.
 Len’s first question, almost inevitably  – because it’s what I wanted to know,  was why did he turn to crime?

 After writing his critically acclaimed  novel, Docherty, Willie felt what he  described as contemporary  starvation. He want to connect with  his peers and on further deliberation  he said he heard a voice. This voice in  his head was abrasive … it was  clearly Scottish and he deliberately  made him a policeman because he  wanted him to deal with the bad stuff  in society.

 He went on to say that he was more  than pleasantly surprised with the  impact.

 He argued that he shouldn’t take sole  credit for beginning a genre. What he  experienced was a hunger for  contemporary life and Laidlaw gave  him a vehicle for re-connecting.
 To read more of Michael Malone's  report click here.
McIlvanney Revival - Laidlaw launched May 2nd

The McIlvanney revival has started with the launch, on May 2nd, of Laidlaw. Canongate is planning to bring a number of other titles by Whitbread award-winning Scottish crime novelist William McIlvanney back into print, two of them later this year.

Editorial director Francis Bickmore bought world rights through agent Jenny Brown, and plans to re-publish LaidlawThe Papers of Tony Veitch and Strange Loyalties in 2013, followed by McIlvanney's Whitbread-winning Docherty and The Big Man in 2014. McIlvanney was previously published by Sceptre.


Bickmore said: "It is not exaggerating to say that William McIlvanney's Laidlaw trilogy led to the birth of Scottish crime fiction as we know it. Socially-conscious, morally complex, philosophical and laced with sardonic wit, Detective Laidlaw's cases are also ruthlessly page-turning.

"We are thrilled at Canongate to have the chance to publish McIlvanney with the energy he deserves and to take these irresistible books to a whole new generation of readers. Starting with his appearance at Bloody Scotland 2012, McIlvanney is back with a vengeance." 

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 After three years in the wilderness, hardboiled reporter Gerry Conway is back at his desk  at the Glasgow Tribune. But three years is a long time on newspapers and things have  changed - readers are dwindling, budgets are tightening, and the Trib's once rigorous  standards are slipping. Once the paper's star reporter, Conway now plays second fiddle  to his former protege, crime reporter Martin Moir. But when Moir goes AWOL as a big  story breaks, Conway is dispatched to cover a gangland shooting. And when Moir's body  turns up in a flooded quarry, Conway is drawn deeper into the city's criminal underworld  as he looks for the truth about his colleague's death.

 Braving the hostility of gangsters, ambitious politicians and his own newspaper bosses,  Conway discovers he still has what it takes to break a big story. But this is a story not  everyone wants to hear as the city prepares to host the Commonwealth Games and the  country gears up for a make-or- break referendum on independence. In this, the second  book in the Conway Trilogy, McIlvanney explores the murky interface of crime and  politics in the new Scotland.