Robin Gillanders

William McIlvanney, b. 1936. Writer (1989)

About this artwork

William McIlvanney was one of a group of writers who emerged in the 1970s to give urban Scotland, particularly Glasgow, a working-class voice in contemporary literature. His early novels, which include ‘Remedy Is None’ (1967), ‘Docherty’ (1975) and ‘The Big Man’ (1985), have a gritty edge and distinctively tough male heroes who are trapped by their class and surroundings. With ‘Laidlaw’ (1977), the first of a series of novels featuring Glasgow policeman Jack Laidlaw, he brought his masculine style into the realm of crime fiction and laid the foundations for the ‘Tartan Noir’ genre. Gillander’s, who is a great admirer of McIlvanney’s work, has created a beautifully composed image which shows the author in Clarks bar, one of his favourite pubs.

Robin Gillanders

Robin Gillanders

Robin Gillanders was born in Edinburgh in 1952 and studied at the University of Edinburgh from 1970-4. After teaching history at the Royal High School in Edinburgh from 1975-82, Gillanders began a career as a freelance advertising and fashion photographer. He has taught photography at Napier University since 1983. More generally known as a portrait photographer, in the 1990s Gillanders worked in collaboration with the poet and sculptor, Ian Hamilton Finlay, creating a photographic work in Finlay's garden, Little Sparta, in Lanarkshire.