Des Dillon was born and brought up in Coatbridge. He has written poetry and fiction, including Me and Ma Gal, (which won the 2003 World Book Day ‘We Are What We Read’ poll for the novel that best describes Scotland today) and has had several of his books adapted for film and television. He has worked as a teacher of English, a creative writing tutor and as a scriptwriter for High Road and River City. He is the Artistic Director of Goldfish Theatre which has staged productions of Singin’ I’m No a Billy He’s a Tim – the most performed play in Scotland in the last decade – at the SECC and many other venues. He lives in Galloway.