Award winning novelist, playwright and performer reveals his support Scottish independence


National Collective has today welcomed the backing of its second Creative Ambassador, Alan Bissett, the award winning Scottish novelist, playwright and performer.

He joins a growing list of internationally renowned and respected creatives that are expressing their support of independence for Scotland.

In 2011 Alan was named Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Writer of the Year and his play Turbo Folk was shortlisted for Best New Play at the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland in 2010.

His novels include Boyracers (2001), The Incredible Adam Spark (2005), and Death of a Ladies’ Man (2009), which was shortlisted for a Scottish Arts Council Fiction of the Year prize.

His most recent book, Pack Men (2011) was called a “landmark in Scottish fiction” by Irvine Welsh.

Alan also wrote and performed his own ‘one-woman show’, The Moira Monologues, which toured Scotland to great acclaim and is now in development with the BBC.

The short film which he wrote and narrated, The Shutdown, has won awards at several major international film festivals and was shortlisted for a Scottish BAFTA.

Alan has joined National Collective and revealed his support for Scottish independence, saying “past generations could only dream of it; future generations will be jealous to have missed it.”

He said: “I’ve joined National Collective as it’s a great place for artists to come together and talk about the benefits (and possibly even some of the drawbacks!) of independence. 

“Scotland is an incredibly creative country, which punches well above its weight in music, literature, theatre, the visual arts and fashion, and I want to be part of the exciting, new country to which these forces will contribute.

National Collective is the focal point for that, helping transform Scotland with the power of imagination.”

National Collective is an open and non-party political platform for creatives to engage with the Scottish independence campaign.  Read more here: