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Neil Paterson (writer)

Neil Paterson
Born James Edmund Neil Paterson
(1915-12-31)31 December 1915
Greenock, Scotland
Died 19 April 1995(1995-04-19) (aged 79)
Crieff, Scotland
Pen name John Kovack
Occupation Novelist, short story writer, screenwriter, journalist, footballer
Nationality Scottish
Citizenship British
Alma mater University of Edinburgh
Period 1946–1990
Notable works Room at the Top (screenplay for 1959 film version)
Notable awards Best Adapted Screenplay
1959 Room at the Top

Association football career
Playing position Inside left
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Edinburgh University
Buckie Thistle
Leith Athletic
1936–1937 Dundee United 26 (9)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

James Edmund Neil Paterson (31 December 1915 – 19 April 1995),[1][2] known as Neil Paterson, was a Scottish screenwriter. He won the 1959 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Room at the Top.


  • Early life and football career 1
  • Writing career and later life 2
  • Selected bibliography 3
  • Selected filmography 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life and football career

Born in Greenock, Renfrewshire (now part of Inverclyde), Paterson graduated from the University of Edinburgh and had a brief career in senior football, playing as an inside left. He played for Edinburgh University, for Buckie Thistle in the Highland League and for Scottish League teams Leith Athletic and Dundee United, becoming captain of the latter in the 1936–37 season. Despite his success in football – he scored 9 goals from 26 league appearances for Dundee United, including a hat-trick – he remained an amateur player, spurning the opportunity to go professional.[1] As an amateur he was automatically released at the end of the season, although he played one further game for the club in an emergency.[3]

Writing career and later life

After his football career finished he became a writer, initially as a sports journalist for D.C. Thomson and after the Second World War as an author, penning a number of well received novels and short stories. Paterson won the Atlantic Award for Literature in 1946.[4]

He adapted his own short story The Kidnappers for a cinema version released in 1953. Subsequently he wrote a number of other screenplays, including the first screen version of John Braine's novel Room at the Top (1959) which later won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Paterson served as a governor for the British Film Institute, National Film School and the Arts Council of Great Britain and as an executive for Grampian Television.

He died in 1995 at Crieff, Tayside (now part of Perth and Kinross).

Selected bibliography

  • On my Faithless Arm (1946) (Under pseudonym John Kovack)
  • The China Run: Being the biography of a great-grandmother (1948)
  • Behold Thy Daughter (1950)
  • The China Run: A book of short stories (1951)
  • Man on the Tightrope (1952)
  • Man on a Tightrope: The Short Novel (1953)
  • The Kidnappers and other Stories (1957)
  • Something like a poem (1986)

Selected filmography


  1. ^ a b Independent Obituary
  2. ^
  3. ^ Gracie, Steve (2008). A Passion For Survival. Arabest Publishing Dundee.  
  4. ^ "Literature award for Perthshire man". The Courier and Advertiser (Dundee). 27 November 1946. Retrieved 19 October 2015 – via  

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