My Biog.

Iain Finlay Macleod

I write for theatre, radio, television and film. As well as original scripts, I work as an adaptor, translator and dramaturg. I have worked internationally as well as in the UK.


Associate Artist at the National Theatre of Scotland (2013-2015).

IASH Edinburgh University/Traverse Theatre Fellow (2013), based at the Institute of Advanced Studies for the Humanities at Edinburgh University.

Robert Louis Stevenson Fellow (2009).

Associate Playwright Scottish Playwrights’ Studio (2007-2009) Writer-in-Residence Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI for two years.


ARCHIPELAGO (2020) - with French Director Thierry Poquet. A theatre piece working with young actors from France, Spain, Greece & Turkey.

INDIGO (2021) - A short play for Radio 4 as part of the BBC Radio 4 'Surviving' series of state of the nation plays from across the UK.

DANNI THE CHAMPION (2020) - A short film created as part of the NTS/BBC 'Scenes for Survival' season. Was selected for competition at seven International Short Film Festivals including Tokyo, Sydney & Venice. Won Prix de Varti at Ann Arbor Film Festival.

Other recent work - a polish draft on a French language film, story development for a commissioned tv drama series, translation for a commissioned tv drama series (non-disclosure agreements in place.)


Plays include : Somersaults, Dear Scotland (National Theatre of Scotland). The Devil Masters, the Pearlfisher, I was a Beautiful Day, Homers, Alexander Salamander (Traverse Theatre). The Bends (RCS) Atman (Finborough Theatre, London.)

St. Kilda (The Opera) - This multi-discipline theatre project opened the Edinburgh International Festival in 2009. It was performed simultaneously in 2008 across five European countries in four language versions - in Scotland, France, Germany, Belgium and Austria. Won “Innovation Category” at the Kendall Mountain Film Festival 2007.

Adaptations/Translations for the stage : Whisky Galore (NTS), The Silver Bough (National Youth Music Theatre - Composer Gerard McBurney (Chicago Symphony Creative Director.) In My Father's Words - Dundee Rep Theatre /59E59 Theatre New York. Broke (Traverse Theatre) (from the French play Un Homme en Faillite by David Lesca.


Original radio plays : The High Wood (BBC Radio 3) A project which involved all the national European broadcasters, each of which recorded a play to mark the Centenary of the Great War.

Mr Anwar's Farewell to Stornoway (A Radio 4 'pick of the year' in 2010). The Summer Walking

(BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play.) Island Blue (3 episodes of a returning Radio 4 Womens' Hour drama. Rock of Eye, The Watergaw (Radio 4).

Radio Adaptations : Raven Black and White Nights by Ann Cleeves for BBC Radio 4. The Blackhouse by Peter May (3 part series for BBC Scotland.) The Kitchen Child by Angela Carter (BBC Radio 4 Womens' Hour.)

Film & TV: Bannan (Youg Films). Machair (STV), The Innaccessible Pinnacle (Feature Film - Young Films.

Filmmaking: I have worked as a director on a large number of broadcast documentaries since 1995, filming in over 12 countries. I have won awards from BAFTA (Best Entertainment Programme), The Celtic Media Festival (Best Documentary, Best Entertainment Program). I also work as a cameraman - some showreel examples are available on the website


I have worked as a mentor & teacher for organisations such as The National Theatre of Scotland, Playwrights' Studio Scotland, Scottish Books Trust and Moniack Mhor.


I have a postgraduate MA from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Learning & Teaching and an MA (Hons) First Class in Celtic Studies from the University of Glasgow.

I develop learning experiences, fundraise and develop business opportunities as part of my work as FE Development Manager at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI. I have raised over £750k in funding in 2021, developing projects with partners such as MG ALBA and the BBC.

I am Managing Director of the Digital Agency 'Cànan Graphics Studio (

I am a qualified Coach and trained with RD 1st (