ALAN SPENCE is an award-winning poet and playwright, novelist and short story writer. He is Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Aberdeen where he founded the WORD Festival. His many awards include the Mcvitie Prize for Scottish Writer of the Year, The People’s Prize and the Macallan Short Story Prize. His play ON THE LINE (Dundee Rep) won a TMA Drama Award and his playscript SAILMAKER is a set text in Scottish Schools. His most recent books are the novel NIGHT BOAT and the poetry collection MORNING GLORY.
Spence, Alan (2015) No Nothing (A play by Alan Spence), Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press, pp.55 + xiv. ISBN 978-1-85752-032-3
Two iconic Glasgow figures - poet Edwin Morgan and trade union leader Jimmy Reid - died within days of each other in 2010. In this new play by Alan Spence, they are astonished to wake up in a strange afterlifeanteroom where they engage in a flyting about life, the Universe and everything - from Glasgow to Infinity and beyond (with meditations on post-referendum Scotland).