Neil Cooper

Neil Cooper is an arts writer and critic based in Edinburgh, Scotland. He currently writes for The Herald, Product, The Quietus, Scottish Art News, Bella Caledonia and The List. He has contributed chapters to The Suspect Culture Book (Oberon), Dear Green Sounds: Glasgow’s Music Through Time and Buildings (Waverley) and Scotland 2021 (Eklesia). He also co-edited a special Arts and Human Rights edition of the Journal of Arts & Communities (Intellect).

Neil wrote for The Wire, but he stopped a decade ago after the editor chose to side with a disgruntled curator following a complaint regarding what was a largely positive review. The complaint was fine, but the curator then passed a private email exchange between her and the editor to her friends and music promoters she’d never met. Scotland is small in this way, however, and the exchange inevitably landed in Neil’s in-box. Copies are available on request.

Neil has also written for Plan B, Map, Line, The Times, The Independent, Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman, Sunday Herald, Scotland on Sunday and other publications. He has written essays for Suspect Culture theatre company, Alt. Gallery, Newcastle, Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh and Berwick upon Tweed Film and Media Arts Festival. Neil has appeared on BBC and independent radio and TV, and has lectured in arts journalism at Napier University, Edinburgh. He is a member of the NUJ and the Critics Circle, and has been a judge for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award.