Roger Glass

Roger Glass


  • United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Alasdair Gray Studies
Contemporary Fiction
Jewish Literature
Hybrid Literature
The Short Story

Personal profile

Personal Statement

RODGE GLASS is the author of eight books across fiction and nonfiction. His biography of Alasdair Gray won a Somerset Maugham Award and in 2023 his essay 'On the Covenant' won the Anne Brown Essay Prize. Rodge is currently Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Strathclyde, where he is the Convener of both the MLitt in Creative Writing and the MLitt in Interdisciplinary English Studies. 


Rodge's debut novel No Fireworks (Faber, 2005) was nominated for four major prizes including the Authors’ Club First Novel Award and the Dylan Thomas Prize. This was followed by another novel, Hope for Newborns (Faber, 2008), and soon after by Alasdair Gray: A Secretary’s Biography (Bloomsbury, 2008), which gained further nominations, widespread critical acclaim and has recently gone into a new edition. Next, he was co-author of the graphic novel Dougie’s War: A Soldier’s Story along with Dave Turbitt, also nominated for several awards. His novel Bring Me the Head of Ryan Giggs, was published in 2013 by Serpent’s Tail and translated into Italian (66thand2nd, Rome, 2014). Meanwhile, the collection Stories for the Easyjet Generation (Freight, 2013) was translated into Serbian (Rasic Literary Workshop, Belgrade, 2016). Various fiction has also been published in Albanian, Danish, Hebrew, Romanian, Slovenian and Spanish. Recent publications include two chapters in Michel Faber: Critical Essays (Gylphi, 2020), in which Glass responds to Faber’s oeuvre first with a creative response short story, ‘In Separate Time’, then with a study on Faber’s poetics of compassion. Rodge's last book. Michel Faber: The Writer & his Work (Liverpool University Press, 2023), was published in 2023. His next book, Joshua in the Sky:  A Blood Memoir, will be published by Taproot Press in 2024. 

Rodge has written extensively for multiple publications such as The Paris Review and The Guardian, appeared on TV and radio including on Open Book, The One Show and BBC2’s Edinburgh Nights, and appeared at numerous international literary festivals including Rome, New York and Toronto. He is an experienced Editor and works closely with the Alasdair Gray Archive on their ongoing series of Creative Commissions. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Literature, Working with Alasdair Gray, University of Glasgow

1 Sept 20051 Sept 2008

Award Date: 1 Sept 2008

External positions

Festival Advisory Committee, Aye Write! Book Festival

1 May 2020 → …


  • Alasdair Gray
  • Contemporary Fiction
  • Novel
  • Short Story
  • Creative Nonfiction


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