Agent: Nicola Barr
Described as the ‘most fluent and intelligent Scottish writer of his generation’ by Booker Prize judge Stuart Kelly, Ewan Morrison is an award winning novelist and screenwriter and an essayist.
Ewan’s seventh and most ambitious book of fiction – NINA X – published by Fleet an imprint of Little Brown, won Scotland’s most prestigious literary prize – the Saltire Society Scottish Fiction Book of the Year , 2019. The novel tells of the life of an extraordinary young woman who is raised from birth in ‘ideological purity’ in a cult and then escapes into our modern world.
Morrison was the winner of the Scottish Book of the Year (SMIT) Fiction Prize in 2013 for his novel CLOSE YOUR EYES, and of the Glenfiddich Scottish Writer of the Year award in 2012. He is also the winner of the Not the Booker Prize in 2012, a finalist in the Saltire Society book of the Year, 2012, and a finalist in the Creative Scotland Writer of the Year Award 2012. TALES FROM THE MALL (2012) has been named one of the top 50 Scottish Books of the last 50 years, by critics and the Scottish Book Trust and gained praise from bestselling global authors.
Morrison’s first feature film, SWUNG, an adaptation of his first novel, starring Elena Anaya (Sex and Lucia, The Skin I Live In), was released in five territories in 2016, and was a finalist for four international film awards. The novel, published in 2006, was also a finalist in the Le Prince Maurice Award. Together with Morrison’s first collection of short stories this led to Morrison being a finalist in the ARENA Magazine Man of the Year Award (literature) 2006. One of the short stories from the first collection was made into the short film NONE OF THE ABOVE, directed by Siri Rodnes in 2017.
In 2014 Ewan co-wrote the feature length docu-drama American Blackout (National Geographic Channel) with his wife the award wining scriptwriter Emily Ballou (The Slap, Case Histories, Scott and Bailey). American Blackout reached an estimated international audience of 28 million viewers and was discussed in the US congress. Morrison has been nominated for three Scottish BAFTAs and is the winner of a Royal Television Society Best Drama Award. His Survivalist story Day One is currently in development as a TV series and he has worked as Story Consultant on the feature films Outlaw King & From Life, and on a number of TV series.
Morrison is known as a ‘provocateur’ in public speaking and journalism. Between 2011 & 2013 Morrison was a regular and controversial contributor to the Guardian – he also gave one of two Guardian keynote speeches at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in 2012. His articles have been published in all of the UK’s leading newspapers and in four of the top men’s magazines, in Britain, Italy and Germany. Morrison appears often on TV and radio and was the subject of a 30 minute Stark Talk interview on BBC Radio in 2014. Also in 2014 Morrison gave a keynote speech at the Frankfurt Book Fair Story Drive and in 2016 he delivered a TEDx talk on ‘Why We Would Be Happier Without Utopia.’