On this page you can read a selection of my writing across different disciplines.

Plays

The first scene of some of my plays are available to download here as Microsoft Word files. 

Bossnappers_Extract.doc Bossnappers_Extract.doc
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Good Times (Extract) by Tom Brogan.doc Good Times (Extract) by Tom Brogan.doc
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Great Lengths Extract.doc Great Lengths Extract.doc
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Cinderella Boys Script Extract.doc Cinderella Boys Script Extract.doc
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Odds and Sods Extract.doc Odds and Sods Extract.doc
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Sketches

Four sketches from You Owe Me Glue, co-written with Fraser Campbell, are available to download as Microsoft Word files. 

Bootleg_Plays.doc Bootleg_Plays.doc
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Branwell_and_his_Sisters.doc Branwell_and_his_Sisters.doc
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Nirvana.doc Nirvana.doc
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Thus Spunked Zarathustra.doc Thus Spunked Zarathustra.doc
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Articles

Here are links to a couple of articles I've written recently.

The Green Arrow written for In Bed With Maradona this tells the story of Celtic's bid to sign Alfredo di Stefano in 1964.

England 4 Scotland 5, Schoolboys International 1980 written for The Football Experience this is the account of the famous Schoolboy international that brought Paul McStay to national attention.

In 2006 I wrote a number articles for the football website State of the Game. I have put two of them here to download as PDF files. They are a profile of the former Hibernian and Dundee defender Erich Schaedler, and an account of Celtic's run to the 1970 European Cup final. In 2002 I was asked to write a brief article on ex-England international defender Terry Butcher for the Football Handbook supplement of The Times. You can also download this as a PDF file. 

Erich Schaedler.pdf Erich Schaedler.pdf
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Celtic 1970.pdf Celtic 1970.pdf
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Terry_Butcher_edited-1.pdf Terry_Butcher_edited-1.pdf
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In 2008 I wrote an article for Chortle's Correspondents section about my experiences at the Edinburgh Festival. It went on to win the monthly award for the column's best article.





Football Blog

At the start of the 2008/09 football season I set myself a challenge of attending at least 50 football matches during the season. I set up a blog, called Down the Wing, to write about each game. I eventually made it to 52 matches. 

I started off at Easter Road for Hibernian's Inter-Toto match with Elfsborg in July.

In April I went to see Fort William attempt to stop a near two year run without a win. This trip led to a lively debate with their American sponsor in the comments section.

I made game 50 as Clydebank took on Auchinleck Talbot in the Scottish Junior Cup final.

Accounts of all 52 games as well as several other football related posts are at the blog's archive. 



Music Reviews

Between 2006 and 2010 I occasionally wrote for a number of music magazines including The Skinny, Artrocker and Muso's Guide, mainly providing live reviews.  Below are a selection.

Primal Scream.doc Primal Scream.doc
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Franz Ferdinand.doc Franz Ferdinand.doc
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Frightened Rabbit.doc Frightened Rabbit.doc
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Malcolm Middleton.doc Malcolm Middleton.doc
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