Joyce McMillan is theatre critic of The Scotsman, and also writes a political and social commentary column for the paper. She has been a political and arts columnist, theatre critic and broadcaster for 25 years, living in Edinburgh and working for various Scottish and London-based newspapers. She also broadcasts regularly, mainly on Radio Scotland and Radio 4. She has been involved in Scottish and European campaigns for democracy and human rights, and was Convener of the Scottish Civic Forum from 2002-2004. She is Chair of the Hansard Society Working Group in Scotland, and a member of the judging panel for the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year Award. From 2006-2010, she was a Visiting Professor in the School of Drama and Creative Industries at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.
Joyce was born in Paisley, brought up in Renfrewshire, and educated at Paisley Grammar School, St. Andrews University, and Edinburgh University.