Michael's interests include photography and cooking.
- Member for: Argyll and Bute
- Party: Scottish National Party
- Date of Birth: 09 August 1953
Michael is the author of seven books and is Professor of Scottish Culture and Governance at the University of Glasgow.
Michael has served as a minister in the Scottish Government for various portfolios; Minister for Environment (2007-09), Minister for Culture, External Affairs and the Constitution (2009), and as Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning (2009-11; 2011-14).
He has worked in a variety of media sectors and in a variety of places including Edinburgh, the Western Isles, Inverness and Glasgow.