1946 – Born on June 9th in Glasgow.
1968 – Kelman began to write at the age of twenty-two in London while working at the Barbican Centre.
1971 – Kelman joined a non-selective creative writing evening class directed by Philip Hobsbaum, who later introduced him to Alasdair Gray, Tom Leonard, Liz Lochead and Agnes Owens.
1983-1985 – "Not not while the giro" was published, followed in the next two years by the novels "The Bus Conductor Hines and A Chancer".
1987 – Greyhound for Breakfast won the Cheltenham Prize, and A Disaffection was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.
1988 – He has also produced critical essays such as ‘A Reading from Noam Chomsky and the Scottish Tradition in the Philosophy of Common Sense’.
1994 – Shortlisted for the Booker Prize, which he finally received for How late it was, how late.
1997 – Political writings such as his report on ‘The Freedom for Freedom of Expression Event’, published under the title Em Hene! (We Exist!) in the Kurdistan Report, the Amnesty International journal, Scottish Socialist Voice and the Scottish Trade Union Review.