Dr Rodge Glass


Dr Rodge Glass’s debut novel No Fireworks (Faber, 2005) was nominated for four major worldwide prizes. This was followed by another novel, Hope for Newborns (Faber, 2008), and soon after by Alasdair Gray: A Secretary’s Biography (Bloomsbury, 2008), which received a Somerset Maugham Award in 2009. Next, he was co-author of the graphic novel Dougie’s War: A Soldier’s Storyalong with Dave Turbitt, also nominated for several awards. His last novel, Bring Me the Head of Ryan Giggs, was published in 2012 by Serpent’s Tail and was published in Italian as Voglio la Testa di Ryan Giggs (66thand2nd, 2014). Meanwhile the collection LoveSexTravelMusik: Stories for the Easyjet Generation was published in 2013, and also as Price za Izidzet Generaciju in Serbian (Rasic Literary Workshop, 2016). His fiction has also been published in Albanian, Danish, Hebrew, Slovenian and Spanish.

Rodge has been at Edge Hill since 2012. He was Programme Leader on the BA from 2014-2016 and is now a Reader in Literary Fiction. He is also Associate Editorial Director at Freight Books, Co-Director of Edge Hill University Press, and the editor of the first EHU Press publication, Head Land: 10 Years of the Edge Hill Short Story Prize.

Rodge is currently writing a novel set in Latin America called Once a Great Leader. Meanwhile, his next book will be a return to his research on the work of the Glaswegian polymath Alasdair Gray, titled The Essential Art of Alasdair Gray. This is a joint project, co-edited with Sorcha Dallas, and is due to be published by Freight Books in November 2017.

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  • BA Hons in English Literature at Strathclyde University in 2001 
  • MLitt in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow in 2003
  • PhD in English and Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow in 2008


On the undergraduate degree programme, Rodge teaches the modules Introduction to Fiction (WRI1019), Introduction to Non-Fiction (WRI1022), Reading the World & the Business of Writing (WRI1021), The Graphic Novel (WRI2019) and Advanced Fiction (WRI3011). He also teaches the module Cultural Industries (MCW4009) on the MA Programme.




  • The Essential Art of Alasdair Gray (edited with Sorcha Dallas), Freight Books, 2017 (forthcoming)
  • LoveSexTravelMusik: Stories for the Easyjet Generation – a collection of short stories published by Freight Books, May 2013. Nominated for the International Frank O’Connor Award 2013.
  • Bring Me The Head of Ryan Giggs. A novel, published by Tindal Street Press, April 2012 and in paperback by Serpent’s Tail, February 2013. Published as Voglio la Testa di Ryan Giggs, April 2013 in Italian (66th&2nd, Roma).
  • Dougie’s War. A graphic novel, published by Freight Books, September 2010. Artwork by Dave Turbitt. Nominated for Best Publication and Best Use of Illustration at Scottish Creative Awards 2011. Nominated for Best Graphic Novel at 2011 SICBA Awards.
  • Alasdair Gray: A Secretary’s Biography. Published by Bloomsbury, September 2008. Winner of 2009 Somerset Maugham Award for Non-Fiction. Nominated for Scottish Arts Council Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2009.
  • Hope for Newborns. A novel, published by Faber & Faber, June 2008.
  • No Fireworks. A novel, published by Faber & Faber, July 2005. Nominated for: Dylan Thomas Prize (Worldwide) Authors’ Club First Book Award (UK), Saltire First Book Award (Scotland) and Glen Dimplex First Novel Award (Ireland).

Short Stories

  • ‘The Good Stuff’ translated into Serbian and published in ‘Price za Izidzet Generaciju’ (Rasic Literary Workshop, 2016)
  • ‘The Jim Hangovers’ published in ‘Being Dad: Short Stories About Fatherhood’ (Tangent Books, 2016) Winner of Saboteur Award for Best Anthology.
  • ‘Bye Bye Ben Ali’ published in ‘Unthology 8’ (Unthank Books, 2016)
  • ‘The Unremembering’ commissioned as a performance piece at Manchester Jewish Museum, April 2016
  • ‘We’re All Gonna Have the Blues’, commissioned for ‘Out of Chaos’ anthology, ed. Gregory Norminton, published by Oneworld, April 2013.
  • ‘After Drink You Can Turn Earth Upside Down’, commissioned for Edinburgh International Book Festival’s ‘Elsewhere’ project, published in McSweeney’s/Cargo joint worldwide series, June 2012
  • ‘59 Places to Fuck in Arizona’, commissioned for Irish Pages Sexuality Issue, Vol 6, No1, ed. Chris Agee, published January 2012.
  • ‘Do All Things With Love’, commissioned for Edinburgh Review 132, published September 2011.
  • ‘Why Nothing Works No.2’, published in Gutter Issue #4, February 2011.
  • ‘A Weekend of Freedom’, commissioned for Homecoming Scotland 2009, published in Gutter Issue #2, February 2010.
  • ‘Why Nothing Works’ and ‘Healthy Behaviour’, commissioned for Kikinda Short Story Festival, Serbia, June 2009. Translated into Serbian for Kikinda Fort, published October 2009. Also published in Croatian magazine Zarez, June 2009.
  • ‘I Know My Team and I Shall Not Be Moved’, commissioned for Roads Ahead anthology, published by Tindal Street Press, September 2009.
  • ‘The Mandela Thing’, ‘No Bagels Here, Rabbi Bengelsdorf’, ‘A Streaker Spoils Christmas for Everyone By Mentioning Jesus’, ‘A Fight With My Memory’, ‘Once Upon a Time Somewhere in My Mind’: flash fictions published in The Herald, 2007/8.
  • ‘Not Much of a Talker’, short story in The Knuckle End, published by Freight, 2004.

Selected Non-Fiction

  • Introduction to ‘A Day at the Office’ by Robert Alan Jamieson, published by Verbivoracious Press, 2016.
  • Introduction to ‘Idols and Underdogs: An Anthology of Latin American Football Fiction’, published by Freight Books, 2016.
  • ‘A Day at the Office’ and ‘Poor Things’ published in ‘Festschrift Vol. 3’ Verbivoracious Press, 2015.
  • ‘Reports from Latin America’: Series of essays for 3am magazine relating to literary adventures in Latin America, September 2014 – April 2015. ‘A Ghost Giving a Speech’, ‘A Statue of a Human Being’, ‘Borders of the Land and Mind’, ‘Memory Games with Bolaño’, ‘Post-National Me’ and ‘Dancing With Bolivar’.
  • ‘Nae New Idea, Nae Worries!’, chapter in Ink for Worlds: The Work of Alasdair Gray, published by Palgrave, 2014.
  • ‘Regurgitating Alasdair Gray’, paper given at the World Congress of Scottish Literatures, July 2014.
  • ‘More Lies Please’. Essay commissioned as part of ‘Determining Form: Creative Non Fiction Journeys’, ed. Micaela Maftei and Laura Tansley, published by Gylphi, due 2014.
  • ‘Writing as an Act of Defiance’. Paper given at the ‘Poetry and Revolution’ Conference hosted by Tunis University, Tunis, Tunisia, July 2011.
  • ‘The Realm of Non-Truths’. Essay commissioned for Edinburgh Review 131, published April 2011
  • ‘A Life of Loose Ends’. Coda to Alasdair Gray biography. Published in Scottish Review of Books, Volume 4, Number 3, Autumn 2008.
  • ‘The Lives of Others’. Assessment of biographical trends, published in The Herald, March 2008.
  • Introduction to Aalst, a play written by Pol Heyvaert, translated by Duncan MacLean and performed by the National Theatre of Scotland, March 2007.
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