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Ron Butlin is a former Edinburgh Makar (2008-2014). In 2009 he was made the first  Honorary Writing fellow (together with Ian Rankin) at Edinburgh University. Much of his poetry, as well as many of his novels and short stories, have been broadcast and translated into over a dozen languages. In addition to his plays for BBC radio and theatre (most recently Sweet Dreams for Oran Mor in Glasgow), he has written seven opera libretti, three of them for Scottish Opera. His most recent collection of poems is The Magicians of Edinburgh; his most recent novel, Ghost Moon. Currently, he is working on a new novel called The Philosopher’s Apprentice and another collection of poetry.

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 a study of Sicily. In the pipeline is a book about Robert Louis Stevenson and Samoa. He has recently been lecturing in Venice. 

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 2013. Its sequel, Dacre’s War, is published in June. In gestation is a novel in which sheep may feature.

Andrew Lees was born in St Helens, Merseyside and is a Professor of Neurology at the National Hospital, Queen Square London. He is author of Liverpool: The Hurricane Port, and Alzheimers: The Silent Plague. He is currently writing a book on how William Seward Burroughs has intruded on his research in Parkinson’s disease. He made his first visit to Detroit in 2014.

Alasdair McKillop is a former Scottish history tutor at the University of Edinburgh where he also organized 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 a factotum living in Edinburgh. He will soon be moving to Haddington, East Lothian. Like Montaigne, he enjoys the company of cats.

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 Muñoz 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.

Patrick Murray is a researcher in early modern culture at the University of Glasgow. He has published on a range of topics, including the geography of Christopher Marlowe’s plays and Renaissance cartography.

George Rosie is an award-winning journalist, novelist, playwright and documentary maker. His books include The British in Vietnam, Death’s Enemy and Curious Scotland: Tales from a Hidden History. His play, Carlucco and the Queen of Hearts, won several awards at the Edinburgh Festival fringe, and a television documentary, After Lockerbie, was awarded a Bafta prize. He lives in Edinburgh.

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, from Shetland, is a writer and singer-songwriter, in which capacity he has supported King Creosote and Runrig among numerous others and released four solo albums. He is editor of The Island Review, and currently lives in Glasgow. Sixty Degrees North: Around the World in Search of Home, his first book, is published next month by Polygon.

Alan Taylor is editor of the Scottish Review of Books. His latest project is Glasgow: The Autobiography, which will tell the story of the erstwhile Second City of the Empire through those who witnessed it.

Colin Waters is the poetry editor at Vagabond Poets. Last year he edited Be the First to Like This: New Scottish Poetry. This month see the launch of Triptych, a new series of books bringing together the work of three contemporary poets. The first volume to be published is Triptych #1: Our Real Red Selves, which features Harry Giles, Marion McCready and JL Williams.

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