Des Dillon grew up in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire. He read English at Strathclyde University and started his working life as a teacher. He now writes for television, stage and radio, as well as his own collections of poems, short stories and novels.
His first book, Sniz, a collection of poetry, was published in 1994, and has since had eight novels and a poetry collection published. Dillon has also taught creative writing at the Arvon Foundation and was Writer in Residence in Castlemilk, between 1998 and 2000. Des Dillon is also a writer on BBC Scotland’s weekly soap opera River City.
His novel Me And Ma Gal was shortlisted for the Saltire Society Scottish First Book of the Year Award in 1995. The book was voted the winner of a World Book Day survey to find the book that revealed the most about contemporary Scotland. It was broadcast as a drama on BBC Radio 4 in 2004.
Des Dillon has won the Scottish Arts Council Writer’s Bursary twice, in 1997 and 2000. His latest novel, An Experiment in Compassion, was published by Luath Press in 2011.
Dillon lives in the village of Garlieston in Galloway and describes the feeling of heading to the beach with his dogs everyday as being “like fabric softener for the brain, a place where he can truly unwind”.