Jenni Calder is the author of numerous books, including The Nine Lives of Naomi Mitchison, Women and Marriage in Victorian Fiction, Lost In the Backwoods: Scots and the North American Wilderness and Scots In Canada.
Linda Cracknell writes radio drama and fiction, including publication of two books of short stories – Life Drawing and The Searching Glance – and last year her first novel, Call of the Undertow, also with Freight Books. She lives in Highland Perthshire and is currently writer in residence at Edinburgh’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children, as well as taking creative writing workshops in many different settings, at home and internationally.
Robert Crawford is a poet and academic. His collections of poetry include A Scottish Assembly and Full Volume. His biography of Robert Burns, The Bard, won the Saltire Book of the Year. Other books include Scotland’s Books, On Glasgow and Edinburgh and, most recently, Bannockburns: Scottish Independence and Literary Imagination, 1314-2014.
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 will be published in 2015.
Alasdair Gray is a novelist, playwright, short story writer, poet and artist. His most recent publication is Of Me and Others.
Christopher Harvie was an SNP MSP - in which capacity he was named ‘Free Spirit of Holyrood’ - and is Professor of British Studies at the University of Tubingen. Among his many books are 1814: Year of Waverley, No Gods and Precious Few Heroes, Broonland: The Last Days of Gordon Brown and Scotland the Brief.
Gerry Hassan is a writer, commentator and Research Fellow in the School of Creative and Cultural Studies at University of the West of Scotland. His latest book is Caledonian Dreaming: The Quest for a Different Scotland published by Luath Press.
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.
Ian Mitchell is the author of Isles of the West, an account of a three-month voyage made in 1996 round the Hebrides. His most recent book is The Justice Factory: ‘Show me the Judge and I’ll Tell you the Law’ – about judges in Scotland and elsewhere, and how they think. He also blogs at The Justice Factory.
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, Shostakovich and Edgar Allan Poe.
George Rosie is an award-winning journalist, playwright and television documentary maker. His books include The British in Vietnam, Death’s Enemy and Curious Scotland: Tales from a Hidden History. His documentary, After Lockerbie, was awarded a Bafta prize.
Zoe 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.
Alan Taylor writes for the Herald, Sunday Herald and the Times Literary Supplement. He is the editor of the Scottish Review of Books.
Colin Waters, from Bonnyrigg, attended the University of St Andrews. Formerly deputy editor of the Scottish Review of Books, he now works at the Scottish Poetry Library.