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James Kelman 'Made Only £15,000 From Writing In 2011'

Posted at 11:41AM Sunday 02 Dec 2012

James Kelman, the only Scottish writer to have won the Man Booker Prize or to have been twice nominated for the International Man Booker Prize, has revealed that all he made from his writing last year was £15,000.

In an angry speech scattered with expletives, he accepted a £5,000 cheque for winning the Saltire Society's Scottish Book of the Year for his eighth novel, Mo Said She Was Quirky. Kelman said it would be "really useful".

"As a writer, last year I think I earned about £15,000. And that after being a writer for about 40 years," he said.

Although he pointed out that Scotland's literary culture was "as strong now as it had ever been", he went on to deplore Scots' collective ignorance of it.

Scotsman




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