John Herdman is a novelist, short story writer, playwright and critic and has published 15 books.
He has had two plays produced on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, in 1985 and 1997. He has held a Creative Writing Fellowship at Edinburgh University, Hawthornden Writer's Fellowships (twice), and the William Soutar Fellowship in Perth, and has been Writer in Residence at Champlain College, Trent University, Canada. He has received Scottish Arts Council Awards for his novels Pagan's Pilgrimage and Imelda, and four Scottish Arts Council Bursaries. His work has been taught at universities in France, Australia and Russia.