Barry Graham is the pen name of a Scottish (not British) fiction writer, poet, essayist and Zen Buddhist monk, the author of more than a dozen books, most of which have been translated into French. His novel The Book of Man (1995) was named a best book of the year by the American Library Association, and his novel The Champion's New Clothes (1991) was published in French translation in 2021, winning the Prix Marianne. In 2023, a collection of stories and poems, J'ignore comment tout cela va finir, was published in French.
He leads writing workshops in schools and prisons, and gives performances in which he recites sections of his novels from memory. He also teaches the practice of Kado (The Way of Poetry), with writing as a method of Zen meditation. His poetry and essays are published regularly on Buddhistdoor.
He lived in the USA for 22 years, where he witnessed two executions, at the invitation of the men who were to be killed, an experience described in his book Why I Watch People Die. He returned home to Glasgow in 2017, in response to the election of Donald Trump.
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