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 Northwords Now, Lallans, The London Magazine, Aiblins, Pushing Out the Boat and a number of anthologies. He recently completed a fortnight-long writer residency at Fifth Ring marketing agency.
Since 2014 he has been writing on a full-time basis. He is a member of The Aberdeen Writers Studio.
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.
In recent years he has also expanded his interest in the visual arts, painting in both acrylic and watercolour and exploring print techniques such as linocut. Examples of John’s artwork can be viewed in the John Bolland – Visual Art page of this website.
Despite a life-long commitment to writing 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.