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Claire Askew was born in Northallerton, Yorkshire, and grew up in the Scottish Borders. Her debut pamphlet, The Mermaid and the Sailors, was published by Red Squirrel Press in 2011. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing and Contemporary Women’s Poetry from the University of Edinburgh, and works for the Scottish Book Trust.

Niall Campbell’s  first pamphlet, After the Creel Fleet, was published by Happenstance Press in 2012. His first collection, Moontide, appeared in 2014. He was the winner of the inaugural Edwin Morgan Poetry Award.

Angela Cleland completed a Masters in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmith’s College, London. Her pamphlet, Waiting to Burn, was published by Templar Poetry in 2006. And in Here the Menagerie appeared the following year. Room of Thieves was published by Salt in 2013. She also writes science fiction under the name Cleland Smith. 

Neil Davidson was a civil servant. He is now lecture in sociology at the University of Glasgow. His books include The Origin of Scottish Nationhood, Discovering the Scottish Revolution, for which he was awarded the Deutscher Memorial Prize and the Fletcher of Saltoun Award, and How Revolutionary Were the Bourgeois Revolutions? His most recent publication is Holding Fast to an Image of the Past: Essays on Marxism and History, which appeared earlier this year.

Anni Donaldson is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Social Work and Social Policy at Strathclyde University, a journalist, writer and blogger.  She won Best Article in Scotland’s Write to End Violence Against Women Awards for journalism in 2013. She is currently writing an oral history of domestic abuse in Scotland covering the period 1979-1992.

Miriam Gamble’s pamphlet, This Man’s Town, was published by tall-light-house in 2007. Her first book-length collection, The Squirrels Are Dead (Bloodaxe, 2010), won a Somerset Maugham Award. Her second collection is Pirate Music which was published by Bloodaxe earlier this year. 

Dan Gunn joined The American University of Paris full-time in 1989 after completing his doctoral work at The University of Sussex and after four years of teaching at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. He is a co-editor of the letters of the Samuel Beckett. His novel, The Emperor of Ice-Cream, will be published in the new year.

Joseph Farrell was Professor of Italian at Strathclyde University. He has translated and written a number of books, including a biography of Dario Fo and study of Sicily. In the pipeline is a book about Robert Louis Stevenson and Samoa. 

Rosemary Goring is literary editor of the Herald and the Sunday Herald. She is the author of Scotland: The Autobiography, an anthology covering 2,000 years of Scottish history. Her first novel, After Flodden, was published last year. Its sequel, Dacre’s War, will be published in 2015. In gestation is a novel in which sheep may feature.

Marion McCready was born on Lewis and lives in Argyll. Her poetry pamphlet collection, Vintage Sea, was published by Calder Wood Press in 2011. In 2013, she won a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award the Melita Hume Poetry Prize. Her first full-length collection, Tree Language, was published by Eyewear Publishing in 2014.

Nick Major is from south-west England. He is a factotum: fiction writer, reviewer, copy-editor, kitchen porter, reluctant fundraiser. He is soon to complete an MSc in Literature and Modernity at the University of Edinburgh. Current preoccupations include a dissertation exploring material production in the works of Alasdair Gray and a novel about an English female nihilist living in Edinburgh.

Susan Mansfield is a journalist with a special interest in the arts. She is co-author with Alistair Moffat of The Great Tapestry of Scotland: The Making of a Masterpiece.

Jamie Maxwell is an Edinburgh-based political journalist and editor. He is a regular contributor to the New Statesman and Bella Caledonia. In 2013 he edited a collection of his late father Stephen Maxwell's essays, The Case for Left Wing Nationalism, and this year he co-edited Old Nations, Auld Enemies, New Times, a selection of essays by Tom Nairn.

Theresa Munoz was born in Vancouver to Filipino parents and now lives in Edinburgh. She wrote her PhD thesis on the work of Tom Leonard at the University of Glasgow. Her pamphlet, Close, was published by Happenstance Press in 2012. She is the online editor of the Scottish Review of Books.

Tom Pow is a principally a poet though he also written books for children and a travel book. He was in Lagos as part of the Commonwealth Poets United project. To read his whole blog, search 'tom pow, lagos the big picture'. Other exchange poets' blogs are available through the Commonwealth Poets United website.

Harry Reid has clocked up some forty years in Scottish journalism. A former editor of the Herald, he is the author of several books, including Outside Verdict, a controversial portrait of the Church of Scotland, The Final Verdict? Scottish Football: The Best and Worst of Times, and Deadline: The Story of the Scottish Press. Reformation: The Dangerous Birth of the Modern World appeared in 2009.

Lee Randall is a freelance writer and former stalwart of Scotsman Publications. She blogs sporadically (bletherings and book reviews) at She also tweets: @randallwrites.

Zoë Strachan grew up in Kilmarnock and attended Glasgow University when she studied archaeology and philosophy. Her first novel was Negative Space. Others include Spin Cycle and Ever Fallen in Love. The latter was shortlisted for the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book Awards and the Green Carnation Prize and nominated for the London Book Awards. She teaches creative writing at the University of Glasgow.

Malachy Tallack, who is from Shetland, is a writer and singer ongwriter. He is editor of The Island Review, and currently lives in Glasgow where is working on a book about mythical islands.

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