David McVey lectures at New College Lanarkshire. He has published over 120 short stories and a great deal of non-fiction that focuses on history and the outdoors. He enjoys hillwalking, visiting historic sites, reading, watching telly, and supporting his home-town football team, Kirkintilloch Rob Roy FC.
David started writing in the 1980s, and has won or been placed in a number of national and international prizes, especially for his short stories.
Q: What is the first book you remember reading or having read to you as a child?
A: First proper ‘reading book’ was Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi.
Q: Do you have a favourite quote? (From a book, film, song, speech…)
A: Loads, but this one will do; ‘No burglar wastes his time burgling authors’ – ‘The Romance of an Ugly Policeman’ in PG Wodehouse, The Man With Two Left Feet
Q: Is there a book that you keep going back to, and if so, how many times have you read it?
A: Hamish’s Mountain Walk (Hamish Brown), Ring of Bright Water (Gavin Maxwell), The Clicking of Cuthbert (PG Wodehouse), Gaudy Night (Dorothy L Sayers), Kidnapped (RLS). Take your pick. Around eight or nine times, some of them.
Q: What is the least interesting part of writing for you?
A: Writing. I much prefer it when I have some sort of draft, and can edit, improve, polish.
Q: What superpower would you like to have and why?
A: The knowledge of what’s the right thing to say in social situations. Is that a superpower?
Q: Who is your personal inspiration?
A: My wife, Rhoda. For too many reasons to explain.
Before they found themselves reading excerpts from Macbeth in a deep swell with a force nine gale battering the boat, the thespians had been safely in rep in the nearby seaside town of Grimtoft. Robert had persuaded them to come aboard and broadcast some culture to our expanding audience and their theatre wages must have …