Doug Johnstone

Interviewed 24 December 2016

Doug Johnstone

Doug Johnstone is a writer, musician and journalist based in Edinburgh. He has a degree in physics, a PhD in nuclear physics and a diploma in journalism, and worked for four years designing radars.

He is currently writer in residence with William Purves Funeral Directors. He is also a Royal Literary Fund Consultant Fellow, and was RLF Fellow at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh 2014-2016. Doug was also writer in residence at the University of Strathclyde 2010-2012 and before that worked as a lecturer in creative writing there.  He’s had short stories appear in various publications and anthologies, and since 1999 he has worked as a freelance arts journalist, primarily covering music and literature.

Doug is one of the co-founders of the Scotland Writers Football Club, for whom he also puts in a shift in midfield. He is also a singer, musician and songwriter in several bands, including Northern Alliance, who have released four albums. Doug has also released two solo EPs, Keep it Afloat and I Did It Deliberately.

He grew up in Arbroath and lives in Portobello, Edinburgh with his wife and two children.


Books by Doug Johnstone

The Dead Beat

Journalism student Martha Fluke’s first day as a newspaper intern begins with a bang when a man shoots himself in the head while he’s on the phone to her.

Reviewed on 09 August 2014 by Sharon Wheeler