Bernard MacLaverty was born in Belfast and lived there until 1975 when he moved to Scotland. He has been a Medical Laboratory Technician, a mature student, a teacher of English and, for two years in the mid eighties, Writer-in-Residence at the University of Aberdeen. After living for a time in Edinburgh and the Isle of Islay he now lives in Glasgow. He is a member of Aosdana in Ireland and is Visiting Writer/Professor at the University of Strathclyde. Currently he is employed as a teacher of creative writing on a postgraduate course in prose fiction run by the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies at the University of Aberdeen. He has published five collections of short stories and four novels. He has written versions of his fiction for other media - radio plays, television plays, screenplays. Recently he wrote and directed a short film ‘Bye-Child’.
MacLaverty is also the author of Secrets & Other Stories (Blackstaff Press 1977), Lamb [a novel] (Cape /Blackstaff Press 1980), A Time to Dance & Other Stories (Cape /Blackstaff Press 1982), Cal [a novel] (Cape /Blackstaff Press 1983), The Great Profundo & Other Stories (Cape /Blackstaff Press 1987), Walking the Dog & Other Stories (Cape /Blackstaff Press 1994), Grace Notes [a novel] (Cape /Blackstaff Press 1997), The Anatomy School [a novel] (Cape/Blackstaff Press 2001), Matters of Life & Death & Other Stories (Cape 2006), Collected Stories (Cape 2013), and Midwinter Break [a novel] (Cape 2017).