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Neil Grant was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He spent many years slouching through Europe and Asia with a stack of notebooks until, in 2001, Allen & Unwin agreed to publish his first novel, Rhino Chasers. This was followed by Indo Dreaming in 2005, which saw him researching traditional whale-hunting, surf culture and two-minute noodles in Indonesia. In 2009, he travelled to Afghanistan to gather material for a book on asylum seekers, a journey that changed his life; The Ink Bridge was published in 2012. The Honeyman and the Hunter is based partly in India – the birthplace of his mother.
Glasgow, Scotland. Now a city of culture; then of sectarian violence, rain and Irn Bru.
Instrument steriliser, cook, alpha shear operator, brickie’s labourer, roof-tile reclaimer, carrot picker, tree planter, dishwasher, fruit picker, teacher, carpenter-joiner, learning designer.
Belonging, immigration, travel, masculinity, fear.
Travelling to Afghanistan to research The Ink Bridge.
By Allen & Unwin, my first and only publishing love.
Asylum seekers getting a fair go, my family, words, young boys growing into kind men, travel, empathy and a good Indian (or Scottish) breakfast.
Did you go to the Brahmaputra Literary Festival in Assam, India? I was just there and had an incredible time with brilliant writers from across India and around the world.
Like the great bard, Whitney Houston, I believe that children are our future. I feel privileged to write for them and to share what I have learnt about words and about the world.