Willy Maley is a Glasgow academic and writer. He is currently Professor of English Literature at the University of Glasgow, where he has worked since 1994.

Willy has lectured and published on a wide range of Renaissance writers including Spenser and Shakespeare, and on modern Irish and Scottish writers such as James Connolly, James Joyce, Teresa Deevy, Marina Carr, Leila Aboulela, Peter Mullan, Janice Galloway, Irvine Welsh, James Kelman, Alasdair Gray and Muriel Spark.

Willy’s writing is not confined to academic work, however. He is also a playwright, poet and journalist. He founded the Creative Writing postgraduate programme at the University of Glasgow with Philip Hobsbaum in 1995, and to paraphrase the words of a song celebrating his famous football namesake, the legendary Celtic manager, Willy Maley has brought some great names to the literary game.

Two of Willy’s plays – From the Calton to Catalonia, co-written with his brother John, and The Lions of Lisbon, written with Ian Auld – have had recent reprints and revivals, with further public performances of these and other plays in the pipeline.

Listen to Willy Maley on the Read All About It Podcast HERE


1. Favourite book from childhood:
Sons and Lovers by DH Lawrence

2. Favourite book from teenage/university years:
Something Happened by Joseph Heller

3. A book you would recommend to anyone:
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

4. A book you couldn’t be paid to read again:
Castle Rackrent by Maria Edgeworth

5. The last book you read or are currently reading:
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom