Ayrshire Post

Writer takes to the canvas and gives cancer charity a boost

- 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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