The Stornoway author who wrote what was once described as the ‘best Scottish book since Trainspotting’ is to see his definitive work translated to the stage.

Kevin MacNeil, author of the 2005 breakthrough novel The Stornoway Way, is working with the award-winning Highland theatre company Dogstar. He aims to turn his tale of angst and low achievement into a show for this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, and for a tour of Scotland in October.

The show will be developed next month (March 2019) at An Lanntair and is due to première there in late July. It’s set to feature music composed by sound designer Pippa Murphy and songs in Gaelic and English, including ‘Local Man Ruins Everything’, a collaboration between Kevin and his long-time friend, musician Willie Campbell.

The Stornoway Way was described by Michael Palin as ‘a dark tale of life beyond the Minch, illuminated by a fierce humour and a poet’s love of language’. It features R Stornoway, described as ‘a drink-addled misfit, inhabitant of the Hebridean Isle of Lewis, a meandering man fighting to break free of an island he just can’t seem to let go of.’

Dogstar Theatre Company is a European touring theatre company based in the Scottish Highlands around Inverness, from where they commission, produce and tour new plays by writers from the north of Scotland and elsewhere. They have previously brought stage-plays including The Polish Quine and The Tailor of Inverness to Stornoway.

 Picture: author Kevin MacNeil backstage before a reading of his latest novel, The Beautiful and Forever(Kevin MacNeil).