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Jonathan Whitelaw


I was born and raised in Glasgow and, after dabbling with psychology at university, decided I wanted to be a writer. While the jump from undergraduate to New York Times bestseller isn’t a direct one (somebody should have said) I combine writing full time with my career as a journalist.

Subjects I’ve written about have varied from the arts, culture and sport to fashion, music and politics, with pretty much everything in between. I even once covered a conference on radioactive waste.

Morbid Relations is my first novel and I have also contributed to a number of independent almanacs and collaborative works of fiction, both for print and stage.

I love all things literary and combine my passion for fiction with a keen interest in sport. I’ve even represented my country on the football pitch, something I’ll always cling onto as my greatest athletic achievement.

In my spare time I like to expand my knowledge of history and, very occasionally, I’ll publish some humorous cartoons online.

About writer's work

My first novel – Morbid Relations – is a dark comedy that focuses on family life.

Exploring the themes of what family means to individuals, in particular those who don’t feel connected to their family, it also explores the themes of growing up, maturing and becoming part of an adult society.

Humour is an important part to this novel and my work in general. I personally feel that comedy, when delivered properly, has a unique and fantastic ability to bridge all gaps and create friendships and strengthen relationships.

While comedy is prevalent throughout a lot of my work, I am also interested in serious drama. I am currently working on a number of projects that explore wider issues facing society, including the stigmatisation of mental health.

In addition to this, I also have a number of family-oriented adventure books aimed at young adults in the works.

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Current events and projects

I am available and interested in readings, residencies and creative writing workshops.

As a self-published author who has now crossed over to traditional publishing, I’m keen to explore that jump with other aspiring writers. Also, given my relatively young age, encouraging people to get into writing, no matter what their experience and age, is something I’d like to share.

I am available for talks on these subjects, as well as traditional creative writing topics, along with holding workshops on how to improve writing technique and approach.

Other work

As a freelance journalist, I have regular work appearing in a wide range of publications from across the Scottish and UK media.

Among the titles I have written for are The Scottish Sun, The Scottish Daily Mail, The Scots Magazine, STV, The Author, The Times Business Supplement, The Daily Record, The Herald, The Evening Times and The Scotsman.

I am also a regular contributor on television and radio, having appeared as a commentator for local news issues on STV Edinburgh and STV Glasgow, along with being part of the Tuesday Review group for the Janice Forsyth culture show on BBC Radio Scotland.       


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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, Other1, Outer Hebrides, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire

Age groups

Teens, Adults

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Morbid Relations

Morbid Relations

Author(s): Jonathan Whitelaw
Rob Argyll, a stand-up comedian, is scraping an unsatisfactory living in London. Following his mother's death, he returns for the first time in years to his family in their Glasgow home.