Born in Edinburgh in 1949 and educated at the Royal High School in the Capital, Glenn Chandler is best known as the writer and creator of the Glasgow-set crime series Taggart, which became the longest-running police drama on British drama. Since then, he has worked almost exclusively in theatre. In 2013, he took two productions to the Fringe – Sandel and Killers. Sandel, which he directed, was his controversial adaptation of Angus Stewart’s novel of the same name, about a love affair between a student and a choirboy. Killers was a study of the correspondence of notorious serial killers Dennis Nilsen, Peter Sutcliffe and Ian Brady, and was directed by Liam Rudden. His latest play is Fanny and Stella: The Shocking True Story, based on the true tale of two Victorian transvestites.
- What’s your most memorable Edinburgh event?
New Years Eve 1969. I “fell in love” for the first time.
- Favourite old-fashioned boozer?
The World’s End
- Favourite style-bar?
Which style? Frankensteins is quite quirky and I love watching the old movies.
- Favourite restaurant?
It’s French and not a million miles from Bennett’s Bar. More than that, I’m not saying as I might not get in next time!
- Do you love or loathe the Festival?
Love it to bits, but one needs a break from any love affair. A year off is quite good!
- What restaurant would you recommend?
Escargot Blue, Broughton Street.
- Favourite art gallery?
Inverleith House. The location too in the Royal Botanic Gardens is stunning.
- Favourite cinema?
- Favourite live music venue?
- Favourite walk in or around the city?
Round Holyrood Park and up Arthurs seat.
- Favourite shopping area?
I loathe shopping and hate malls. Give me quirky wee shops anywhere.
- Best piece of Edinburgh architecture?
The Old Royal High school. Brings back memories. It should have been the Parliament instead of the garden shed by Holyrood Palace.
- What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in the city?
Trams! I had to blink when they started running.
- Favourite Festival?
It’s a big one, happens in August. Can’t remember the name.
- Who is your local hero?
My mother, who finally quit smoking after sixty years.
- Sell Edinburgh in 10 words or fewer:
The only British city on a volcano. Can’t beat that!