Shock at loss of journalist
Tributes paid after writer Ian Bell dies
Journalists and politicians paid tribute to columnist Ian Bell who has died at the age of 59.
Born in Edinburgh, he worked for The Scotsman, the Daily Record, Observer and The Times Literary Supplement, but made his biggest impact at The Herald & Sunday Herald.
He was named Columnist of the Year a number of times and won the Orwell Prize for political journalism in 1997.
He also wrote a biography of Robert Louis Stevenson which won the Saltire Society’s Best First Book award.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Twittter: “This is devastating news. Ian Bell was one of Scotland’s finest writers and a man of deep intellect and principle.”
Journalist Kevin McKenna wrote: “Am distraught at the passing of Ian Bell. He was quite simply the best at what the rest of us try to do… and the most gentle and humble.”
Fellow journalist Stewart Kirkpatrick said: “Ian Bell was a superb writer and a very fine human being. Scottish journalism is much poorer for his loss.”