We have a way with words

From The Thirty-Nine Steps to Doctor Who, our writers have stimulated our emotions and inspired new thought.

Edwin Morgan

Glasgow is a breeding ground for talented writers. Our list of literary graduates includes:

  • William Boyd,
  • Catherine Carswell,
  • Anne Donovan,
  • William McIlvanney,
  • Janice Galloway,
  • Tobias Smollett and
  • Louise Welsh.

Writer and producer of the popular series Doctor Who, Steven Moffat found his passion for TV with Glasgow University Student Television. 

John Buchan, author of many adventure and historical novels including The Thirty-Nine Steps, studied at Glasgow during the 1890s. As well as an acclaimed novelist he was also a politician, holding the post of Governor-General of Canada when he died.

Professor Edwin Morgan was one of the greatest poets of his generation and inspired the world and his students at Glasgow with his work. In 2004 he became the first official National Poet for Scotland.

Glasgow is also a place for readers and thinkers to feed their love of literature. We have a long history of building a better understanding of the impact of literary works. 

Our Centre for Robert Burns Studies is keeping the work of Scotland’s national poet alive through its research and teaching. 

And we captured the history of our words in the world’s first Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary. The thesaurus, published in 2009 to critical  acclaim, contains a staggering 800,000 words from Old English to the present day.