Ewan Morrison

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Ewan Morrison
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Ewan Morrison (2014)
Born Caithness, Scotland
Nationality Scottish

Ewan Morrison is an award-winning Scottish author and screenwriter.

Personal life[edit]

Morrison was born in Caithness and graduated from Glasgow School of Art. He worked as a television and film director from 1990 to 2004 and as a writer-director in television and film for ten years, directing over 200 hours of television. He has been nominated for three BAFTAs and is the winner of a Royal Television Society Best Drama Award.[1] He became a full-time writer in 2005 and has since published six books. His writing is based on a practice of experiential writing, whereby he throws himself into new experiences in order to enable himself to write about them.[2]

He lives in Glasgow.

He was originally a supporter of Scottish independence, however, he later publicly stated that he had changed his mind and voted for the union with the UK.[3]


Morrison was the winner of the Scottish Book of the Year (SMIT) Fiction Prize in 2013[4] for his novel Close Your Eyes, and of the writing award of the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards in 2012.[citation needed] He was the winner of the Not the Booker Prize in 2012,[5] a finalist in the Saltire Society book of the Year 2012 and a finalist in the Creative Scotland Writer of the Year Award 2012.[6] His first feature film, Swung, an adaptation of his first novel, is in production with Sigma films, directed by Colin Kennedy and starring Elena Anaya (Sex and Lucia, The Skin I Live In).[7]

Swung, published in 2005, was short listed for the Le Prince Maurice Award. The Last Book You Read and other stories led him to be short listed for the Arena magazine Man of the Year award in 2006.[8] Morrison was a UNESCO Edinburgh City of Literature writer in Residence at Varuna, Australia, in 2006, and received a writer's bursary from the Scottish Arts Council in 2009. His second and third novels, Distance (2008) and Menage (2009), form a trilogy with the first novel,[9] exploring alternatives to monogamy.

Morrison's controversial and formally innovative book Tales from the Mall, "a collection of fiction, non-fiction, analysis, anecdote, reportage and collage"[10] has received praise from the authors James Frey and Douglas Coupland. The Booker judge Stuart Kelly described Morrison as "the most fluent and intelligent writer of his generation here in Scotland".[11]



  • Swung (2007)
  • Distance (2008)
  • Menage (2009)
  • Tales from the Mall (2012)
  • Close Your Eyes (2012)

Short stories

  • The Last Book You Read and Other Stories (2005)


  • The Flash (2007)
  • Four Letter Word (under Anonymous) 2007
  • 2HB (2009)
  • Flash: The International short story magazine volume 2 number 1 (2009)
  • The Book that Changed my Life (2010)


As writer

  • The Contract (1995)
  • The Proposal (1998)
  • I Saw You (2000)
  • American Blackout (2013) co-written with Emily Ballou.[12]
  • Swung (2014) [13]

As director

  • The Lovers (2000)


  1. ^ "Ewan Morrison". Glasgow Film Theatre. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Janet Christie (28 July 2012). "Interview: Ewan Morrison, author of Close Your Eyes". The Scotsman. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  3. ^ https://wakeupscotland.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/ewan-morrison-yes-why-i-joined-yes-and-why-i-changed-to-no/
  4. ^ "2013 Finalists". Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book Awards. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  5. ^ Sam Jordison (15 October 2012). "Not the Booker prize: The winner". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Creative Scotland awards: The nominees". The Scotsman. 11 November 2012. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  7. ^ Andreas Wiseman (6 November 2013). "Works swings for Kennedy's Swung". ScreernDaily.com. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Ewan Morrison". British Council. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "Ewan Morrison - Lord of the swings". TheList. 9 April 2007. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  10. ^ Stuart Kelly (17 August 2012). "Tales from the Mall by Ewan Morrison – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "Ewan Morrison". World Book Night UK & Ireland. 2013. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  12. ^ Brian Lowry (24 October 2013). "TV Review: 'American Blackout,' 'War of the Worlds:' Tapping Into Fear in Different Eras". Variety. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  13. ^ "Swung". Sigma Films. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 

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