Brendan Gisby

Brendan Gisby was born in Edinburgh halfway through the twentieth century and brought up just along the road in South Queensferry in the shadow of the world-famous Forth Rail Bridge.  He presently lives in the wilds of the Trossachs.

Although he wrote his first novel, a Cold War thriller, at the age of twenty-five, Brendan did not become a published author until almost thirty-five years later, when he retired fully from business and could concentrate on his rediscovered passion for writing.

To date, he has published three novels, three biographies and several short story collections.  His first three books, including that Cold War thriller and a new take on Watership Down set on a tiny island in the Firth of Forth, were published by a small, friendly, independent outfit called Black Leaf Publishing, to whom Brendan says he will be forever indebted.  More recently, he has had two books published by another small, but highly successful, indie outfit called Taylor Street Publishing.  He believes Taylor Street are going places, and he fully intends to make that journey with them.

But Brendan has also embraced the brave new world of self-publishing.  Through CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing, he has published some of his short story collections, as well as a couple of family biographies in collaboration with cousins he actually met on Facebook.  One of those biographies, The Five Sons of Charlie Gisby, has proved to be popular way beyond family members, having experienced well over a thousand Paid Kindle downloads in the space of a few months.

By far Brendan’s most cherished (and successful) work, though, is The Bookie’s Runner, his novella-sized eulogy to his late father, an ordinary man who was destined to lose.  Dubbed “a modern masterpiece”, the book makes regular appearances in Amazon’s Kindle bestselling lists.

You can find out more about Brendan, his books and his stories on his author’s website, which for no particular reason he has called Blazes Boylan’s Book Bazaar 

Brendan’s epublications are

The Bookies Runner ,The Island of WhispersThe Five Sons of Charlie GisbyThe Preservation of the Olive BranchFerry TalesLost Between the BridgesThe Hitchhiker,, Ping Time &Other Tales of RevengeThomson’s Lucky StarVenetian Lives

Or you can cut to the chase and view all his books in one go on his author profile pages on  or

You can also follow him on Facebook  and Twitter (

Brendan is our McStoryteller in Residence for the duration of the festival and introduces you each morning at 11.15 to a wee story by a Scottish writer – to read while you drink your morning brew (be that Tea, Coffee, Irn or Special)  

He appears himself twice in Short Stories  (Aug 14) and (Aug 21) and also appears in Auld Lums (Aug 25)  and lifting the lid on McStorytellers phenomenon @theFestival (Aug 23)