Writer takes to the can­vas and gives can­cer char­ity a boost

Ayrshire Post - - News - Stephen Hous­ton

He’s bet­ter know for his dark ‘ Tar­tan Noir’ that led to Irvine Welsh call­ing him “his favourite Bri­tish crime Writer”.

But Ayr author Tony Black has shown he’s a big softie at heart af­ter do­nat­ing one of his paint­ings to help raise funds for a can­cer char­ity.

Tony, 46, who took up paint­ing while at Bel­mont Academy was moved to do­nate a can­vas for auc­tion to Mag­gie’s Cen­tres af­ter los­ing close friends and fam­ily to can­cer.

He said: “De­cem­ber is the third an­niver­sary of the great Ayr­shire writer Wil­liam McIl­van­ney.

“Willy was a boy­hood hero of mine who be­came a true friend and men­tor in later life and I’m not ashamed to say I cried buck­ets at his fu­neral.

“I used to re­fer to Willy as ‘ Faither’ as he’d played my dad in a mu­sic video we did for Glas­gow singer, James Grant.

“I was manag­ing to keep it to­gether at Willy’s fu­neral un­til his part­ner Siob­han saw me and said, ‘ it’s his other son’. I was in floods af­ter that.”

Tony’s work The Ram­bler was painted on Ar­ran last year.

The art­work is now on dis­play at Bass Rock Gallery in Dun­bar.

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Art with a heart Tony with his can­vas

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