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CodeNA8859
Dates1941-
Person NameHerdman; John Macmillan (1941-); writer
SurnameHerdman
ForenamesJohn Macmillan
Epithetwriter
ActivityDr John Macmillan Herdman, MA (Hons), PhD (Cantab), DipTh, novelist, short story writer, playwright, and critic, was born in Edinburgh on 20 July 1941. He was educated at Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh, and Magdalene College, Cambridge. After returning to Scotland he became much involved in Scottish nationalism, of both political and literary kinds, and he went on to describe this period in his memoir 'Poet, Pubs, Polls, and Pillar Boxes' (1999). Herdman was the creative writing fellow, Edinburgh University, 1977-1979 and was awarded Scottish Arts Council bursaries, 1976, 1982, 1998 and Book Awards, 1978 and 1993. He has twice held a Hawthornden Writer's Fellowship, in 1989 and 1995, and held the William Soutar Fellowship in Perth in the year 1990-1991. In 1970 he edited the periodical 'Catalyst for the Scottish Viewpoint'. Herdman's fiction includes: 'Descent' (1968); 'A Truth Lover' (1973); 'Pagan's Pilgrimage' (1978); 'Ghostwriting' (1996); 'The Sinister Cabaret' (2001). His play 'Crusing' was published in 1997 and amongst his critical work are 'Voice without restraint' (1982) and 'The double in nineteenth-century fiction' (1990). Two volumes of the 'Third Statistical Account of Scotland', namely those for the counties of Berwich and Roxburgh, both 1992, have been edited by Herdman. He married Dolina Maclennan in 1983. In 1987 he obtained a PhD from the University of Cambridge.
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