Ian Rankin

Ian is quite simply the one that most contemporary Scottish writers would see as the benchmark. A thoroughly nice chap, a consistent colossus, and with his Rebus books he penned one of the most complete, intrinsically East of Scotland series of crime novels published. Not at all biased that I appeared in a tv adaptation of his Rebus Novel ‘The Black Book’.

Simon Armitage – The Dead Sea Poems

This was a book of poetry I picked up at high school which inflamed my thirst for mixing the mundane with the fantastic. His 2014 collection “Paper Aeroplane” shows that he is still doing it more than a decade later.

Robert Burns

I don’t think any Scottish poet or writer could compile any list without tipping their tartan hat to Rabbie. Our National Bard and “Reliques of Robert Burns” by RH Cromek compiles some of his lesser known work that I have always enjoyed.

Iris Murdoch

When I first picked up “The Sea The Sea” as an already embittered, cynical teen interested in the world of showbiz and being very much in love with the idea of love, it struck just the right chord. It has been a favourite of mine ever since.

Rainer Maria Rilke

The intensity and burning passion that Rilke shows in the majority of his work always lit a fire deep inside of me. Every word used to illuminate and illustrate the fractured nature of the human condition. The “Duino Elegies” is in my opinion a collection of his best and most important work.

Born and bred in the Kingdom of Fife, Scotland. Bryan graduated as an actor in 2005 and has worked extensively since.

TV credits include Waking The Dead, Rebus, Sea of Souls, See No Evil and film Stone of Destiny.

Bryan has also performed at the Traverse Theatre, The Pavilion, The Tron, The Kings Glasgow, and The National Theatre London in original productions. He is enjoying finding his voice in his writing and continues to collaborate and create in these crazy times we are living in.”

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