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Simon Macallum

ACTOR and writer, author of Shadowboxing, UN, Fragile and Balgay Hill.

Reviews: Balgay Hill (16 June 2009);

Reviews and articles

Nicola McCartney

ARTISTIC director of the now defunct LookOut. Author of Heritage, Standing Wave, Lighthouse.

Reviews: Standing Wave;

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Iain Finlay Macleod

WRITING in English and Gaelic, Macleod has worked for the Traverse and the National Teatre of Scotland. Plays include The Pearlfisher, I was a Beautiful Day, Homers and Somersaults.

Interviews: Scotland on Sunday (October 2005). Reviews: I Was a Beautiful Day; Somersaults;


4 January 2009 Scotland on Sunday

Ian McDiarmid interview: To the dark side

IAN McDiarmid is the most reluctant of Hollywood stars. A more flighty actor would have taken offence when, at the red-carpet premiere of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace in 1999, none of the photographers knew who he was. But the Carnoustie-born psychology graduate laughed at the oversight. He couldn't blame them given that he was not wearing the prosthetic make-up that had transformed him into the dark lord Emperor Palpatine in 1983's Return Of The Jedi, and, in any case, McDiarmid revelled in his anonymity.

Reviews: Be Near Me (January 2009), Be Near Me (January 2009)

Reviews and articles

Sharman Macdonald

AUTHOR of When I was a Girl I used to Scream and Shout, The Winter Guest and The Girl with Red Hair.

Interviews: Scotland on Sunday (February 2005). Reviews: The Girl with Red Hair;

Reviews and articles

Tom McGrath (1940-2009)

AUTHOR of Laurel and Hardy, The Hardman, Animal, My Old Man, The Android Circuit, 1-2-3, Buchanan and the Royal Lyceum's two-part adaptation of Tankred Dorst's Merlin He was the founder of the Third Eye Centre, Glasgow (now CCA) and the Tron Theatre, Glasgow and laid the ground for the foundation of the Playwrights' Studio, Scotland. He died 29 April 2009.

Interviews: Scotland on Sunday (April 2005); The Guardian (1 May 2009); The Guardian (blog) (1 May 2009). Reviews: My Old Man; Laurel and Hardy; The Hard Man.


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Linda McLean

AUTHOR of Strangers, Babies, Riddance, Olga and Shimmer.

Interviews: Scotland on Sunday (February 2007). Reviews: Riddance; Shimmer; Strangers, Babies; Reminded of Beauty (work in progress); Any Given Day (June 2010);

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Hector MacMillan

MOST prominent in the 1970s and 80s, MacMillan is the author of plays including The Sash, The Rising and The Funeral as well as Moliere translations into Scots.

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Ian Macpherson

WRITER, performer and stand-up comedian living in Glasgow.

Reviews and articles

Forbes Masson

ACTOR and author of musicals including Stiff as well as a series of Tron pantomimes.

Revews: Aladdie; Weans in the Wood;

Reviews and articles

Douglas Maxwell

AUTHOR of Decky Does a Bronco, Our Bad Magnet, If Destroyed True, Melody, Promises Promises and The Miracle Man.

Interviews: Scotland on Sunday (March 2008); Scotland on Sunday (24 January 2010). Scotland on Sunday (13 February 2011); Reviews: Melody; Mancub; The Fever Dream: Southside (work in progress);Promises Promises; The Miracle Man; The Bookie; Spring Awakening;Smalltownl

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Denise Mina

CRIME novelist branching out into theatre with Ida Tamson.

Interviews: Scotland on Sunday (April 2006);

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Frederic Mohr

PEN name of David McKail, author of six solo plays. Follow the "writing" link.

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Amanda Monfrooe

WRITER, performer and puppet-maker, with experience with the National Theatre of Scotland.


Interviews and articles

Rona Munro

PROLIFIC writer with ties to the RSC, Paines Plough, the Traverse and her own MsFits. Author of Bold Girls, Long Time Dead, The Last Witch and translator of The House of Bernarda Alba for the National Theatre of Scotland.

Interviews: Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (July 2009); Scotland on Sunday (20 March 2011) Reviews: The Last Witch; The House of Bernarda Alba; Gordon Brown: A Life in Theatre;

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Tom Murray

Borders playwright, poet and fiction writer.

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