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Tim Cornwell was for several years arts correspondent of the Scotsman, having previously been its deputy foreign editor. Prior to that he worked in the United States. Now freelance, he writes for various magazines and newspapers, including the Art Newspaper and Raffles magazine, which is based in Istanbul. His website is Arts Press. 

Julie Davidson has enjoyed an eclectic career as a journalist, writing for the Scotsman and the Herald as well as various London-based newspapers. Looking for Mrs Livingstone, her first book, was shortlisted for the Saltire Society’s Scottish Book of the Year. When not in Italy or Africa, she lives in Edinburgh. 

Paul Durcan was born in Dublin in 1944. His first book, Endsville (1967), has been followed by twenty-one others, including Daddy, Daddy, which won the Whitbread Award for Poetry in 1990. He was Ireland Professor of Poetry from 2004 and 2007. He is a member of Aosdána. In 2014 he was winner of the Lifetime Achievement Irish Book Award. His most recent collection is The Days of Surprise

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.  

Ronald Frame was born in Glasgow and educated there and at Oxford. Winter Journey, his debut novel, was joint winner of the first Betty Trask Prize in 1984. Subsequently, he has published numerous novels, including Sandmouth People, Bluette, The Lantern Bearers and Havisham. His short story collections include Watching Mrs Gordon and A Long Weekend With Marcel Proust. He has also written extensively for television and radio. He is the creator of the fictional town of Carnbeg where many of his stories are set. 

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 in 2014. Its sequel, Dacre’s War, will be published later this year. In gestation is a novel in which sheep may feature. 

Kevin McKenna is a journalist who writes a weekly column for the Observer. He has had many previous incarnations, including stints at the Celtic View, Scotland on Sunday, the Scotsman, Daily Mail and the Herald

Alasdair McKillop is a former Scottish history tutor at the University of Edinburgh where he also organised the Scottish-Irish History Group. He is the co-editor of Follow We Will: The Fall and Rise of Rangers and Born Under a Union Flag: Rangers, Britain and Scottish Independence, both published by Luath Press. 

Nick Major is from south-west England. He is a factotum: fiction writer, reviewer, copy-editor, kitchen porter, reluctant fundraiser, teacher of English to foreign students and others. 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. 

Harry McGrath is an online editor of the Scottish Review of Books. He advises the Centre for Scottish Studies at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver on its work in Scotland and Scottish Development International on its work in Canada. He is also Chair of the Dot Scot Registry which was set up to establish and operate an internet domain for Scotland (.scot).   

Brian Morton is a writer, broadcaster and journalist whose interests and expertise range from jazz to ornithology. In the past few years he has written books on Prince (the artist formerly known as), Shostakovich and Edgar Allan Poe. He lives in Argyll. 

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 an online editor of the Scottish Review of Books

Peter Ross has written for the Guardian, the List, the Face, the Big Issue, as well as spending eight years at Sunday Herald. From 2007 he has been contributing his ‘Around Scotland’ articles to Scotland on Sunday. Daunderlust: Dispatches from Unreported Scotland, published last year, is his first book. 

Richard W. Strachan lives in Edinburgh. He won a New Writer’s Award from the Scottish Book Trust in 2012, and has had fiction printed in magazines, including New Writing Scotland, Causeway, Gutter and others. He is a regular book reviewer for the Herald and the List.

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