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James Robertson named as writer in residence at Edinburgh uni

23rd April 2010

Edinburgh Napier University has named its first writer in residence - a post which is being funded by the Binks Trust.

James Robertson, who wrote the successful novel The Testament of Gideon Mack, which was praised by popular author Irvine Welsh, will spend up to three days a week writing and offering advice to students on the university's Craighouse Campus.

Commenting on his new-found teaching responsibilities, Robertson told the Scotsman: 'Over the years, I've been a publisher's sales rep, bookseller, editor and publisher, and as a writer my work has also been diverse, so I hope I can offer useful insights and advice to the students.'

Robertson has translated a number of popular novels into Scots - including Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox.

He has also written a historical novel, Joseph Knight, which won the Scottish Book of the Year Award and the Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year Award.

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