John Bolland writes novels, poetry and short fiction living and working in the North East of Scotland. His work addresses themes of resilience and identity. A graduate of Glasgow University’s M.Litt. programme, he was runner-up in the V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize and a prizewinner in the Fish International Short Story competition. His work appears in The Interpreters House, Northwords Now, Lallans, The London Magazine, Aiblins, Pushing Out the Boat and a number of anthologies.
Since 2014 he has been writing and painting on a full-time basis. He is a member of The Aberdeen Writers Studio and the Dee Don Ceilidh Collective.
In recent years he has been involved in residencies and projects in a range of environments from a PR agency to a Theology faculty.
His writing skills are complemented by hands-on experience in teaching, project management, and workshop design & facilitation.
Details of publication through magazines and channels other than this website can be found by following the following link: publications.
He is also active in the visual arts, painting in both acrylic and watercolour and exploring print techniques such as linocut, woodcut and collagraph and will exhibit work as part of the NEOS 2018 programme. Examples of John’s artwork can be viewed in the John Bolland – Visual Art page of this website.
He delivers creative workshops in a variety of environments – from addiction recovery groups to web-marketing teams – combining visual arts, poetry and prose in both Scots and English to explore themes such as addiction recovery, pain management or the simple joy of language.
Despite a life-long commitment to the arts as a vocation, John has had a varied career in academia, education and, between 1989 and 2014, in the upstream oil and gas industry. His work over the past 35 years has involved academic research, training, software systems design and development, project and operational management in the energy sector, business development and management systems design and documentation. These roles he have engaged him in projects in Europe, North America, Asia, Africa, Russia, Australia and the Caribbean. He has wide experience of management of strategic relationships between major multi-nationals, in cross-cultural facilitation, capability development and corporate governance and assurance.
And he plays sax, low whistle and small pipes…