About Roddy

Roddy has worked as a freelance journalist covering and reviewing the arts for more than thirty-five years. Since 1995 he has written a weekly column for the Scottish daily newspaper The Press & Journal, which documents his family and work life. In 2009 a selection of the columns was published by Black & White as ‘The Familiar’.

Lost for Words

The first kindle book collection of Roddy’s columns, ‘Lost for Words’ is now available on amazon worldwide. It features columns from 2000 & 2001.

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Roddy has contributed to a long list of major publications and media including The Sunday Times, Scotland on Sunday, The Herald, The Press & Journal, BBC Radio, STV and a range of magazines, including The Stage. He runs highly popular Creative Writing Workshops in East Sussex.

Roddy is also an artist and musician and was for many years a professional portrait artist and illustrator. Clients included many well known names from film, theatre, sport and politics. In the 1980s he wrote and presented a classical music programme for Independent Radio in Scotland which proved to be a highly popular precursor to Classic FM.

He has also worked in advertising for almost forty years, has directed more than two hundred TV commercials and is co-owner and creative director of  The Agency.

Roddy is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Roddy is listed in the 2012 edition of ‘Who’s Who in Scotland’.

  • The Familiar