Christopher Rush was born in 1944 in St Monans, a fishing village in the East Neuk of Fife. He was educated there and at Waid Academy in Anstruther, before going to read English at the University of Aberdeen. There he excelled as a scholar and became an English medal winner. He has since won two Scottish Arts Council Bursaries, two SAC Book Awards and was shortlisted for the McVities’s Prize for Scottish Writer of the Year. Currently he is a teacher of English at George Watson’s College in Edinburgh.
A Twelvemonth and a Day was first published in 1985 and is a semi-autobiographical account of the first twelve years of a boy’s life, about the golden days before experience imposes itself and limits exploration of the world. I was also made into a highly successful film, Venus Peter (1988), of which Rush co-wrote the screenplay.
Rush’s other publications include a poetry collection, A Resurrection of a Kind (1984), and two short story collections, Peace Comes Dropping Slow (1983) and Into the Ebb (1989). His first novel, Last Lesson of the Afternoon, was published in 1994.