RODGE GLASS is the author of the novels No Fireworks (Faber, 2005), Hope for Newborns (Faber, 2008) and Bring Me the Head of Ryan Giggs (Serpent’s Tail, 2012) as well as a graphic novel, Dougie’s War (Freight, 2010, written with Dave Turbitt), LoveSexTravelMusik: Stories for the EasyJet Generation (Freight, 2013) and Alasdair Gray: A Secretary’s Biography (Bloomsbury, 2008). His next book is Michel Faber: The Writer & His Work, published by Liverpool University Press in August 2023.
Over the years Rodge’s work has been nominated for numerous awards, both national and international, including the Authors’ Club Award, the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Frank O’Connor Award and the Saltire Award, and he won a Somerset Maugham Award for Non-Fiction in 2009. Rodge has also written for The Guardian, The Paris Review, The Herald, The Scotsman and others. His various fictions have been translated into Albanian, Danish, German, Hebrew, Spanish and Slovenian, and he has appeared at international literary festivals around the world, including New York, Toronto and Rome. His novel Voglio la Testa di Ryan Giggs was published in Italian (66thand2nd, Roma) in 2014, and the short story collection Price za Izidzet generaciju was published in Serbian (Rasic Literary Workshop, Belgrade) in 2016. Recent critical work includes two chapters in Michel Faber: Critical Essays (Glyphi, 2020, image below) and a chapter in Scottish Writing After Devolution: Edges of the New (Edinburgh University Press, 2022). Recent nonfiction writing includes ‘On Speculation’ in New Writing Scotland 40: No One Remembers the Birdman (ASL, 2022) and ‘On Waves’, in Epoch Journal, Issue 4 (2021).
Rodge is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, also the Convener of the MLitt in Creative Writing. In 2021, he was Convener of the 1st International Alasdair Gray Online Symposium, and in 2022 he was Convener of the 2nd International Alasdair Gray Conference: Across Space & Form, hosted at the University of Strathclyde and in partner venues right across the city of Glasgow.
He is also an experienced editor of over twenty novels and short story collections, inclluding the Saltire Award-winning Goblin by Ever Dundas, Treats by Lara Williams, and most recently The Book of the Gaels by the renowned Scottish writer and musician James Yorkston (Oldcastle Books, 2022).