Roger Hutchinson (1949- )
Roger Hutchinson was born and brought up in the north of England. He launched and edited a magazine there, before moving to London and becoming editor of both 'Oz' and 'IT' in the early seventies.
In 1975 he became a freelance journalist and went on to author several books on subjects as diverse as the professional tennis circuit, the Royal Family, Bruce Lee and man-eating sharks. Two years later he moved to Skye to join the West Highland Free Press, where he worked for ten years.
Roger continues to write a column for WHFP as well as working as a freelance author and journalist who has also written for the BBC, the 'Scotsman', the 'Herald' and the 'Guardian'.
Roger has received a number of awards for his journalism and books. He won the British Weekly Sportswriter of the Year in 1996. He was short-listed for the 2004 Saltire Scottish Book of the Year award for 'The Soap Man: Lewis, Harris and Lord Leverhulme', and his bestselling 'Calum's Road' was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature's Ondaatje Prize in 2007.
Roger Hutchinson now lives on the Isle of Raasay off the coast of Skye. Life on the island inspired him to write the highly acclaimed 'Calum's Road' (Birlinn, 2006), the story of one man's struggle to preserve his community in the face of official indifference throughout the 20th century. 'Calum's Road' was described by Magnus Linklater in Scotland on Sunday as 'destined to become a minor classic' and has been optioned to be adapted into a feature film.
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