Author details

Anne Donovan

Biography

Anne Donovan is the author of the short story collection, Hieroglyphics and the novels, Buddha Da, Being Emily and Gone Are The Leaves, all published by Canongate.  Her short story 'All That Glisters' won the Macallan/Scotland on Sunday short story competition and her stories have also appeared in various anthologies, including Glasgow Women's Library's 21 Revolutions.
 
Buddha Da was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Scottish Book of the Year Award, and was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. It received a Scottish Arts Council Award and won the Le Prince Maurice Award in Mauritius in 2004.

Much of her work is set in Glasgow and uses Glasgow voices. Her most recent novel, Gone Are The Leaves (2014), is set in mediaeval times and written mainly in a different form of Scots. Gone Are The Leaves is shortlisted for the Saltire Literary Book of the Year Award 2014.

About writer's work

Buddha Da was short-listed for the Orange Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Scottish Book of the Year Award and was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. It received a Scottish Arts Council Award and won Le Prince Maurice Award in Mauritius in 2004.

Short Story Awards: winner of the Macallan/Scotland on Sunday Short Story Award in 1997, Canongate Prize winner in 2000.

Websites featuring the author

Anne Donovan's websiteAnne Donovan at the Canongate site

Current events and projects

Available for Readings.

Other work

OF SPECIAL INTEREST TO TEACHERS

Six of the short stories from Hieroglyphics are set texts for the SQA National 5 examination. 

Anne has recorded audio versions of three of the stories ('All That Glisters', 'Dear Santa' and 'Away In A Manger') which may be useful to teachers and students. These are freely available [click through to go directly to Soundcloud]. 

Anne has also written teaching materials for these stories and they are available to teachers through the Education Scotland website. Access these directly by clicking this link. (You will need a Glow account to access them.)

VIDEO/FILM

A lovely short animated film of All That Glisters, made by Claire Lamond is available to view.

Excerpts from a BBC Education broadcast on All That Glisters.

Contact details

Email: info@annedonovan.co.uk 

Local authority where they are based

Glasgow

Local authorities where they can work

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian, Other

Age groups

Teens, Adults

LL funded

Yes

BRAW network

No

Author type

Writer

Language

English, Scots

Books written

Gone are the Leaves

Author(s): Anne Donovan
Feilamort can remember very little of his childhood before he became a choir boy in the home of the Laird and his French wife. Feilamort has one of the finest voices in the land.

Being Emily

Author(s): Anne Donovan
Things are never dull in the O’Connell family.

Buddha Da

Author(s): Anne Donovan
Anne Marie's Da, a Glaswegian painter and decorator, has always been game for a laugh.

Hieroglyphics and Other Stories

Author(s): Anne Donovan
A beautiful collection - charming, witty and touching - these stories give voice to a variety of different characters: from the little girl who wants to look 'subtle' for her father's f