Kevin MacNeil is a British novelist, poet and playwright born and raised in the Outer Hebrides. His novels, A Method Actor’s Guide to Jekyll and Hyde (Polygon) and bestselling debut, The Stornoway Way (Penguin), were both published to widespread critical acclaim. MacNeil’s first book, Love and Zen in the Outer Hebrides (Canongate), won the Tivoli Europa Giovani International Poetry Prize for best poetry collection published in Europe by a writer under 35. He is also the author of Be Wise Be Otherwise (Canongate) and The Callanish Stoned (Theatre Hebrides), and his short stories have been published extensively. Kevin has been a long time friend and collaborator of ex Astrid vocalist Willie Campbell, and in 2005 their single Local Man Ruins Everything (Fantastic Plastic) was Single of the Week in The Guardian, The List and on Steve Lamacq’s radio show. Willie still tours both as a solo artist and as a member of The Open Day Rotation, a band he formed on his native Lewis which has a “rotating” line up. The BBC filmed a documentary about Willlie which was screened during the summer of 2012.
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