John Byrne was born in Paisley attended Glasgow School of Art. Painter and set designer, playwright and novelist, John Byrne is one of Scotland’s great polymaths. Best known for his plays the Slab Boys Trilogy and Tutti Frutti. Byrne has also designed record sleeves for Donovan and The Beatles. In the event Edinburgh Book Festival he discussed his written work. His work is held in major collections in Scotland and abroad. Several of his paintings hang in The Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh.