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William Boyd

Biography of William Boyd

William Boyd
William Boyd

William Boyd is a Glasgow graduate and an internationally acclaimed novelist and screenwriter.

Boyd was born in Accra, Ghana, in 1952. He grew up there and in Nigeria before attending Gordonstoun to complete his schooling. He matriculated at the University of Glasgow in 1971 to study Arts. As a student he honed his literary skills as editor of the Glasgow University Guardian and graduated MA in English and Philosophy in 1975. After graduation he went to Oxford where he completed his Doctorate on Shelley.

He worked as a lecturer in English Literature at St Hilda's College, Oxford, and published his first award winning novel, A Good Man in Africa during this period. Since then the list of novels and prizes has lengthened and he has also earned critical acclaim as a screenwriter.

He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1983 and he is the holder of several honorary doctorates inclduing Glasgow in 2001. He was appointed CBE in 2005.


William Boyd
Born 7 March 1952, Accra, Ghana.
University Link: Alumnus, Honorary Graduate
GU Degrees: MA, DLitt, 2000;
Honours: CBE;
Occupation categories: novelists
Record last updated: 3rd Feb 2011

University Connections

University Roles

  • Alumnus
  • Honorary Graduate

World Changing Achievements

William Boyd is listed on the University of Glasgow World Changing website.

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