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Bernard MacLaverty

Bernard MacLaverty

Bernard MacLaverty was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1942, where he lived until 1975, when he moved to Scotland.

His books include Lamb (1980); Cal (1983); Grace Notes (1997); and The Anatomy School (2001), set in Belfast in the late 1960s. Both Lamb and Cal have been made into major films for which he wrote the screenplays, and he has written various versions of his fiction for radio, television and screen. Grace Notes was awarded the 1997 Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year Award and shortlisted for many other major prizes, including the Booker Prize for Fiction and the Whitbread Novel Award.  His books of short stories include Matters of Life & Death (2006).  In 2003, he wrote and directed a short film, Bye-Child, after a poem by Seamus Heaney, which was nominated for a BAFTA (Best Short Film Award) and won a BAFTA Scotland (Best First Director Award).

MacLaverty lives in Scotland.

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