Author Alan Bissett visits Bute on World Book Day

Author Alan Bissett reads from The Incredible Adam Spark at Rothesay Academy on Thursday.
Author Alan Bissett reads from The Incredible Adam Spark at Rothesay Academy on Thursday.

Scots author Alan Bissett visited Bute on Thursday as part of the island’s celebration of World Book Day.

The author of Boyracers, Pack Men, Death of a Ladies’ Man and The Incredible Adam Spark, who was brought up in the Hallglen area of Falkirk, spoke to S3 pupils at Rothesay Academy about what had inspired him to write his books.

He also read an extract from the beginning of his story about Adam Spark, a teenage boy who wakes up in hospital after saving a toddler from injury during an American football match, convinced that he has the powers that make him Falkirk’s first superhero.

Alan, born in 1975, had his first novel published in 2001, and has also written two solo plays, a one-woman show and a short documentary, as well as numerous projects in collaboration with other artists.

He makes regular appearances in schools across Scotland, and has performed at prestigious international festivals in New York, Toronto, the Hague, Melbourne, Bejing, Zagreb and Kikinda (Serbia) - and judging by his Rothesay appearance, he just might have won himself a few new fans during his short time on Bute.

All the pre-5, primary and secondary pupils at Rothesay Joint Campus had the chance to visit the school library on Thursday, while local bookshop Print Point also held a book sale; Bute’s World Book Day events continue on Friday with a visit to the campus by authors Elizabeth Laird and David MacDowall.