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Glass studied at Strathclyde University and Glasgow University, before returning to work for the programme at Strathclyde in which he himself studied. He is currently Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Edge Hill University and an Associate Editor at Freight Books.
Glass's first novel, No Fireworks, was nominated for four awards, the Saltire First Book Award, the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Authors' Club First Novel Award, and the Glen Dimplex First Book Award. His biography of Alasdair Gray won a 2009 Somerset Maugham Award and was shortlisted for the Scottish Arts Council Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award. His next project was the hybrid graphic novel Dougie's War, which was nominated for Best Publication and Best Illustration at the Scottish Creative Awards, also nominated for Best Graphic Novel at the Scottish Indie Comic Book Awards. Glass's forthcoming novel Bring Me the Head of Ryan Giggs, will be published in April 2012.
Glass has also published a number of short stories. A Weekend of Freedom (2009) and 'Why Nothing Works No.2' (2010) were published in Gutter magazine. I Know My Team and I Shall Not Be Moved was published in Roads Ahead (Tindal Street Press, 2009) and Do All Things With Love appeared in the Edinburgh Review (2011). He was also a contributor to Pax Edina: The One O' Clock Gun Anthology (Edinburgh, 2010)
- No Fireworks (Faber & Faber, 2005)
- Hope for Newborns (Faber & Faber, 2008)
- Dougie's War (with Dave Turbitt, graphic novel)
- Bring Me the Head of Ryan Giggs (Tindal Street Press, 2012)
- LoveSexTravelMusik (short story collection, Freight Books, 2013)
- Alasdair Gray: A Secretary's Biography (2008), winner of the Somerset Maugham award