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Process Process Process: What An Artist Goes Through on Their Way to Wherever

Speaker: Alan Bissett
Free to Members (£5.00 Guests)

God moves in mysterious ways, but so does the Muse. Nearly twenty years after the

publication of his first novel, Boyracers, Alan Bissett still finds himself baffled by the

creative process, as it takes him from an initial idea, through an often messy

development, to execution.  There just never seems to be one hard and fast method

for nailing down a story.  Discussing his own labours as a creative person, and those

of artists throughout history, Alan will make some attempt to try and define what

happens internally as an idea grows to fruition (or withers on the vine), and will

connect this to the function of the artist within society.  Is there something about the

work in which an artist engages which stands as a metaphor for humankind's

endeavors to find meaning and truth in a chaotic world?

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Alan Bissett is a novelist, playwright and performer from Falkirk, who now lives in

Renfrewshire. His novels have been shortlisted for Scottish Arts Council Fiction of

the Year prizes twice, he was shorlisted for the Macallan/Scotland on Sunday Short

Story Competition four times, his plays have been shortlisted for Best New Play at

the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland twice, as well as winning a Fringe First,

and his short film, The Shutdown, has won numerous awards at international film

festivals. In 2016 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of

Stirling for his contribution to Scottish Culture and in 2019 is presenting a

documentary on Robert Burns to be screened on BBC Scotland.