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.
Joseph Farrell was Professor of Italian at Strathclyde University. He has translated and written a number of books, including a biography of Dario Fo. His latest book is about Sicily.
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 earlier this year.
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 and the Herald.
Nicholas Major is originally from Bangor, Wales. He is studying for an MSc in English Literature and Modernity at Edinburgh University. He has several literary projects in gestation, including a collection of short stories satirising food culture.
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.
Jennie Renton runs – with her husband Richard Browne – Main Point Books in Bread Street, Edinburgh, in the heart of ‘the pubic triangle’. She was editor of the Scottish Book Collector and now edits the online magazine Textualities.
CK Stead is one of New Zealand’s foremost literary figures. A distinguished poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist and emeritus professor of English of the University of Auckland, he has been a figure in New Zealand’s literary landscape since the 1950s and is the only living writer to hold the Order of New Zealand.
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.
Alice Thompson is a novelist and lecturer in creative writing at the University of Edinburgh. Her first novel, Justine, was joint winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction. Her most recent is Burnt Island.
David Torrance is the author of The Battle for Britain: Scotland and the Independence Referendum (Biteback, 2013). His previous books include biographies of David Steel and Alex Salmond.
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.
Gordon Wright is a guitarist, photographer and publisher who once co-owned a body-building business in Portobello and dated beauty queens. His memoir, A Great Idea At the Time, is the first part of a trilogy.