Kevin Sullivan worked as a journalist in Asia for more than a decade. He reported Tiananmen Square for the Glasgow Herald and for two and a half years he was the Guardian’s Japan correspondent. He covered the siege of Dubrovnik in 1991 for the Guardian and the war in Bosnia for UPI in 1992/93. In 1993 he was wounded in a land-mine explosion in Central Bosnia. While recovering, he wrote an early draft of The Longest Winter, a novel set in Sarajevo. Universal Studios bought an option on the film rights in 1994 and exercised the option in 1996.
From 1993 to 1996 Kevin was a correspondent with Business Times newspaper in Singapore, interviewing, among others, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Vaclav Havel, James Baker and Tony Blair.
From 1996 to 2001 Kevin and Marija Fekete-Sullivan, and their daughter Katarina, lived in a mountain village south of Granada, Spain. Kevin wrote a weekly column on world affairs.
From June 2001 until December 2006 Kevin was a spokesperson and speechwriter at the Office of the High Representative (OHR) in Sarajevo. Since 2007 he has worked as a consultant for the OHR and the International Commission on Missing Persons, while devoting most of his time to writing fiction.
Out of the West, set in Greece and Scotland during and after World War Two, was published by Armida Publications in Cyprus in November 2013. The Longest Winter was published by Twenty7 in London in October 2016.
Kevin studied at Blairs College, Aberdeen, and at Glasgow University, where he graduated with an MA honours degree in History and English.
Kevin’s latest novel, The Figure in the Photograph, the first in a new series set in Glasgow at the end of the nineteenth century, will be published by Allison and Busby in hardback in April 2020.