It’s either a Caledonian McSweeneys or a Scottish Laurence Sterne. I’m the author of The Book of Lost Books and Scott-Land: The Man Who Invented A Nation, as well as a literary editor, cultural critic and book reviewer. I’ve published essays on Edwin Morgan, Alasdair Gray, the lack of Scottish decadence, Kenneth White and contemporary Scottish writing, for the European Year of Culture and the International Journal of Scottish Literature. I’m a regular broadcaster on radio and festival chair, have written introductions to Buchan’s Midwinter and Scott’s Highland Widow, and edited a collection of new Scottish writing, Headshook. As part of a pilot scheme, I’ve become Reader in Residence for the Edinburgh Napier MA in Creative Writing.