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.
Michael Fry is the author of ten books on modern Scottish history, including The Dundas Despotism, The Scottish Empire, Wild Scots: Four Hundred Years of Highland History, Edinburgh: A History of the City and The Union: England, Scotland and the Treaty of 1907. His most recent book is A New Race of Men: Scotland 1815-1914.
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, appeared earlier this year. Its sequel will be published in 2015. In gestation is a novel in which there may be sheep.
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 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.
Jamie Maxwell is a political journalist. He writes for the New Statesman and Bella Caledonia, among other publications. Last year he edited The Case for Left Wing Nationalism, a collection of his late father Stephen Maxwell’s essays, and he is currently co-editing with Pete Ramand Old Nations, Auld Enemies, New Times, a selection of Tom Nairn’s essays.
Theresa Munoz lives in Edinburgh where she works as a researcher and tutor. Her poetry collection Settle was recently shortlisted for the Melita Hume Prize.
Lee Randall is a freelance writer and a former stalwart of Scotsman Publications. She blogs sporadically (bletherings and book reviews) at randallwrites.wordpress.com. She also tweets: @randallwrites.
Harry Reid has spent the best part of four decades in Scottish journalism, including stints on the Scotsman, the Sunday Standard, and the Herald, of which he was editor. He is the author of a number of books, including Outside Verdict, a controversial study of the Church of Scotland.
Harry Ritchie was born in Kirkcaldy and educated at Edinburgh University. He is the author of six books. His doctoral thesis on the literary scene of the Fifties was published by Faber as Success Stories in 1988. Other books include Here We Go, The Last Pink Bits and English for the Natives. He was formerly Literary Editor of the Sunday Times. Though he has lived in London for many years he still supports Raith Rovers.
James Robertson is the author of five novels: The Fanatic, Joseph Knight, The Testament of Gideon Mack, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, And the Land Lay Still, which was the 2010 winner of the Saltire Book of the Year Award, and The Professor of Truth, which was published in 2013. Last year he wrote a story every day, which can be read at www.fivedials.com/365 and which will be published by Penguin later this year.
Alan Roddick was born in Northern Ireland to Scottish parents. He emigrated to New Zealand in 1952. A dentist, he has also been a published poet and has edited two collections of poetry by the late Charles Brasch, and written a study of the poet Allen Curnow. He lives in Dunedin.