Andrew J Keir
Andrew J Keir was born in Glasgow and brought up in Paisley. After University, he spent two years as an accountant in Inverness, before becoming a business economics lecturer, initially at University College Warrington and later with the Higher Colleges of Technology in the United Arab Emirates. His first novel, Bloody Flies, was started while studying for an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Lancaster.
Most of Keir’s early writing is set in the UAE and he was the first writer to be shortlisted twice for the Kitab/M Magazine short story prize, the largest prize in the Middle East for short stories in the English language (The Sirens’ Song – 2009 and Moving Messages – 2010).
Andrew J Keir is currently working on a historical novel about the life of Cinaed mac Alpin (Arguably the first King of Scotland) and studying for a PhD in Creative Writing with Edinburgh Napier University. A picture book for children, Colin Colour Fingers, is also in the pipeline.
He divides his time between his homes in Abu Dhabi and Largs, where he lives with his family.