John Byrne (playwright)

John Byrne (Playwright)

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John Byrne (born 6 January 1940) is a Scottish playwright and artist.


John Byrne was born in Paisley, Renfrewshire where he grew up in the Ferguslie Park housing scheme and educated at the town's St Mirin's Academy before attending Glasgow School of Art from 1958 to 1963. Byrne has received three Honorary Doctorates: in 1997 he was presented with an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Paisley, in 2004 he was made an associate of the Royal Scottish Academy, and in 2006 he was presented with an Honorary Doctorate from the Robert Gordon University Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen.

He currently lives in Nairn with his children, twins Xavier and Honor close to their motherAcademy Award winning actress Tilda Swinton.




Byrne is best known as the writer of Tutti Frutti, a 1987 television series starring Robbie Coltrane, Emma Thompson, and Richard Wilson, which he later turned into a play. He also wrote the six-part series Your Cheatin' Heart in 1990.


From 1964 until 1966 he designed jackets for Penguin Books. Following unsuccessful experiences with London galleries he released (through London’s Portal Gallery) a series of works from 1967 under the pseudonym of "Patrick" he claimed were created by his father, an alleged self-taught painter of faux-naïf images.<ref name="Byrne...
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