About Iain Finlay

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Iain Finlay Macleod is a writer. He comes from the Isle of Lewis on the west coast of Scotland. As well as fiction, he writes for theatre, film and radio.

Iain Finlay also works as a script doctor and advisor on projects. He regularly runs workshops on different aspects of the writing process, as well as a number of public appearances every year.

Brought up on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland, Iain Finlay is a native Gaelic speaker and this is evident in his work. Playing with language, with meaning, exploring identity are all important themes in his writing.

He has written some twenty plays which have been performed professionally. Amongst these are “The Pearlfisher”, “I was a Beautiful Day”, “Homers”, “Alexander Salamander” and “St. Kilda - The Opera”.

His plays have been performed in many countries - In the UK, France, Germany, Belgium, Austria and the US. Recent highlights were the performance of 'St Kilda - The Opera" at the Edinburgh International Festival 2009 and a Chicago run of "I was a Beautiful Day". He is regularly asked to read at prestigious events such as the Edinburgh Book Festival and the MLA Convention in the US.

He is also in demand as an adapter of other people's work for radio, theatre and film. His versioning work has mainly been in French to English, such as the play "Broke", a version of David Lesca's play "Un homme en faillite".

Iain Finlay regularly leads workshops and mentors other writers.  He won the 2009 Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship, was Associate Playwright at the Scottish Playwrights’ Studio for two years, and was awarded the post of writer-in-residence at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig (The Gaelic College on the Isle of Skye) for two years.

He has received awards from Bafta, The Writers' Guild of Great Britain and The Celtic Film and Television Festival among others.