Ali Smith born 24 August 1962 is a Scottish author, playwright, academic and journalist. Sebastian Barry described her in 2016 as "Scotland's Nobel laureate-in-waiting". Smith was born in Inverness on 24 August 1962 to Ann and Donald Smith. Her parents were working-class and she was raised in a council house in Inverness. From 1967 to 1974 she attended St. Joseph's RC Primary school, then went on to Inverness High School, leaving in 1980. She studied a joint degree in English language and literature at the University of Aberdeen from 1980 to 1985, coming first in her class in 1982 and gaining a top first in Senior Honours English in 1984.She won the University's Bobby Aitken Memorial Prize for Poetry in 1984.

Novels and Stories


Hotel World

The Accidental

Girl Meets Boy

There But For The


How to Be Both





Companion Piece


Free Love and Other Stories , awarded the Saltire First Book of the Year award and Scottish Arts Council Book Award.

Other Stories and Other Stories

The Whole Story and Other Stories

The First Person and Other Stories 

Public Library and Other Stories