The following writers and artists have work included in Umbrellas of Edinburgh:
Patricia Ace’s collection, Fabulous Beast, is available from Freight Books.
Viccy Adams is a former Leverhulme Trust writer in residence at the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh. Her creative non-fiction collection There & Now: a writer’s perspective on everyday life in South West China was published by Cargo in 2015. Find out more www.vsadams.co.uk or follow her on Twitter @ViccyIsWriting
Jane Alexander is a novelist and short story writer. Originally from Aberdeen, she has lived in Edinburgh for 20 years. Her debut novel The Last Treasure Hunt was published in 2015, and her short stories have won awards and been widely published; ‘Candlemaker Row’ won the 2015 LitLong ‘Writing Edinburgh’ competition. Jane is currently working toward a PhD in Creative Writing at Northumbria University, exploring uncanny short fiction about science and technology.
Janette Ayachi is a Scottish-Algerian poet living in Edinburgh. She is the author of the poetry pamphlets Pauses at Zebra Crossings (Original Plus Press, 2012) and A Choir of Ghosts (Calder Wood Press, 2013). She edits the online arts journal The Undertow Review and performs her poetry across the U.K. Janette was the Digital Poet in Residence at the Poetry School’s CAMPUS website in 2015.
Ruth Aylett lives in Edinburgh where she teaches and researches university-level computing, thinks another world is possible and that the one we have is due some changes. She was joint author of the collaborative online epic Granite University and performed with Sarah the Poetic Robot at the 2012 Edinburgh Free Fringe. She has been published by Interpreter’s House, South Bank Poetry, Envoi, Bloodaxe Books, Poetry Scotland, Red Squirrel Press, Doire Press and others. For more on her writing see http://www.macs.hw.ac.uk/~ruth/writing.html.
Aileen Ballantyne is a national newspaper journalist turned poet whose investigative journalism has twice been commended in the British Press Awards. Formerly the medical correspondent for the Guardian, then of The Sunday Times, she is the 2015 winner of the Mslexia Prize for Poetry. Her poems have also won the Wigtown Book Festival Poetry Competition (2012) and the National Galleries of Scotland Competition (2011). Aileen teaches Contemporary Poetry and English and Scottish Literature at the University of Edinburgh.
Anne Ballard was born in Portobello. She won first prize in the Poetry on the Lake 2015Competition, second prize in the same competition in 2011 and third prize in the Barnet Poetry Competition 2012. Her poems have appeared in Acumen, The Interpreter’s House, and many other magazines. Her first pamphlet Family Division was published in 2015. She returned to Edinburgh in October 2015 after many years in London, loves being back in Scotland and rediscovering her home town.
Jonathan Bay is a Californian transman currently living in Edinburgh. A traveller, PhD student, former farmhand; he has most recently been published in Gutter 12 and was a winner of the Jupiter Artland Inspired to Write competition.
Tessa Berring is an Edinburgh based artist and writer. Her poetry has been published in a variety of journals including Leopard Skin and Limes, The Pickled Body, and Magma. She often works collaboratively, and projects include, ‘Mutated Stars’, with Paulina Sandberg for Whitespace Gallery, ‘Simmer’ , a poetry dinner with Edinburgh Food Studio, and‘Tables and Other Animals’ a poetry performance created with poet Kathrine Sowerby for Edinburgh’s Hidden Door Festival.
Andrew Blair is a poet and performer from Glasgow, but due to his natural hostility and truculence has found a niche in Edinburgh. He helps run Poets Against Humanity and the Lies, Dreaming podcast, and has hard work published in Valve, Gutter and this book here. His debut collection is due out once he’s finished it (which should be some time around 2017 AD).
Helen Boden is a Yorkshire-born, Edinburgh-based writer, editor, educator, third-generation baker and fair-weather cyclist. She has poems in New Writing Scotland, Mslexia, Butcher’s Dog, The Eildon Tree and Dactyl, and makes work in collaboration with visual artists, which has featured in pamphlets and artist books. She facilitates writing workshops in a wide range of cultural, environmental and healthcare settings, and works in the education department at National Galleries Scotland. She blogs athelenbodenliteraryarts.wordpress.com
Marianne Boruch’s nine poetry collections include Eventually One Dreams the Real Thing (2016), Cadaver, Speak (2014) and The Book of Hours (2011), a Kingsley-Tufts Poetry Award winner, all from Copper Canyon Press. Her prose: a memoir, The Glimpse Traveler, (Indiana, 2011), two essay collections on poetry, and forthcoming, a third, The Little Death of Self (Michigan, 2017). A 2012 Fulbright Professor and Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh, she teaches at Purdue University and in the low-residency MFA Program at Warren Wilson College.
Ricky Monahan Brown’s short fiction has been published in many magazines and journals, recently including The Dublin Inquirer and Brain of Forgetting. A haemorrhagic stroke survivor and a recovering lawyer, Ricky has also written non-fiction for Brain Injury Journey. After an extended sojourn in Brooklyn, he recently completed a creative writing masters at the University of Edinburgh. Ricky has performed with his band Nerd Bait at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and the Edinburgh International Science Festival, with Illicit Ink.
Douglas Bruton won The Neil Gunn Memorial Prize in 2015, the William Soutar Prize in 2014 and HISSAC in 2008. Recently he has been published by Aesthetica and Fiction Attic Pressand Brittle Star Magazine, as well as having work in The Eildon Tree, Pushing Out The Boat, Transmission, The Delinquent, Grasslimb Journal, The Blood Orange Review, The Vestal Review, Storyglossia, Ranfurly Review, The Smoking Poet, Interpreter’s House, Flash Magazine, and The Irish Literary Review.
Kevin Cadwallender lives on Easter Road in Edinburgh. Forty years, many collections, many pamphlets – his poems have featured in many magazines and anthologies. Kevin hates writing biographies almost as much as he hates filling in tax forms. He has written too many books to list here, so he suggests you Google him!
Laura Clay’s short story, A Story of Homecoming, was published by the Scottish Book Trust in their 2014 Stories of Home anthology, and her flash fiction Diablada was displayed in the Museum of Childhood as part of her work with writing collective 26. A regular attendee of City of Literature’s salon, she is currently querying her first novel, an urban fantasy set in Edinburgh.
Dave Coates is a second year PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh, writing a thesis on Louis MacNeice’s influence on Northern Irish poetry. He also runs a poetry blog at davepoems.wordpress.com, which won the 2015 Saboteur Award for Best Reviewer.
Anne Connolly is an Irish poet living, working and being a granny in Scotland. She loves performing her work.Poems have been widely published in a variety of journals, magazines and on-line. She was the Makar for the Federation of Writers (Scotland) 2013-2014. Poems feature on the beautiful Corbenic Poetry Path in the Camphill Community near Dunkeld. “Love-in-a-mist” and “A Ravel of Yarns” are Anne’s collections from Red Squirrel Press.“Not entirely beautiful” is her Stewed Rhubarb pamphlet.
Sophie Cooke writes and co-produces film-poems, previously for public events such as the Commonwealth Games’ cultural programme and the Year of Natural Scotland. She writes poems in collaboration with composers for musical performance (Remembered/Imagined at Summerhall), and also as site-specific pieces (for the Fruitmarket Gallery). She has won the Genomics Forum Poetry Prize. Also a novelist and short story writer, Sophie Cooke lives with her partner in Edinburgh where she teaches at Skriva Writing School. www.sophiecooke.com
Anne Laure Coxam is a foreigner living and writing in Edinburgh. She has had work published in LIT (with nick-e melville), Valve, Zarf and DATABLEED. Her first pamphlet Toolbox Therapy is forthcoming from Sad Press.
Christine De Luca, who writes in both English and Shetlandic, is a native Shetlander who lives in Edinburgh. She was appointed Edinburgh’s Makar in 2014. She has had over a dozen books published, mainly poetry, but also a novel and children’s stories. Her latest collection, Dat Trickster Sun (Mariscat, 2014) was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Poetry Pamphlet Prize. Her poems have been selected four times for the Best Scottish Poems of the Year and her poetry has won awards in Shetland and internationally.
Keith Dumble is an author from Edinburgh. Winner of several short story awards, he has also appeared at the Edinburgh International Book Festival’s Story Shop. Inspired by folklore, mythology and the metaphysical, he is currently writing a novel exploring themes of mortality and grief via the concept of reincarnation.
Sally Evans is a widely published poet whose recent books include Bewick Walks to Scotland (2006), The Bees (2008), The Honey Seller(2009), Poetic Adventures in Scotland (2014), The Grecian Urn (2015) and Anderson’s Piano (2016). She has edited 91 issues of Poetry Scotland broadsheet. She is Poetry Editor of Scots Language Centre website and edits the blogzine Keep Poems Alive.
Bashabi Fraser is a poet, children’s writer, translator, critic, editor and academic. She has been widely published and anthologised. Her recent publications include Letters to my Mother and Other Mothers (2015), Ragas & Reels (2012), Scots Beneath the Banyan Tree: Stories from Bengal (2012); From the Ganga to the Tay (an epic poem, 2009). Her awards include the 2015 Outstanding Woman of Scotland (Saltire Society), Women Empowered: Arts and Culture Award and the AIO Prize for Literary Services in Scotland.
Miriam Gamble is from Belfast, but now lives in Edinburgh. Her collections are The Squirrels Are Dead (2010), which won a Somerset Maugham Award in 2011, and Pirate Music (2014), both published by Bloodaxe.
Harry Giles is from Orkney and lives in Edinburgh. Harry’s latest publication is the collection Tonguit from Freight Books, shortlisted for the 2016 Forward Prize for Best First Collection. They were the 2009 BBC Scotland slam champion, co-direct the live art platform ANATOMY, and have toured participatory theatre across Europe and Leith. www.harrygiles.org
Marjorie Lotfi Gill’s poems have been widely published in journals and anthologies, including Acumen, Ambit, Gutter, Magma, Mslexia, The North, Rattle, The Reader and The Rialto, and have been performed on BBC Radio 4. She was the Poet in Residence at Jupiter Artland (2014-2016) and the Writer in Residence for both Spring Fling and the 2015 Wigtown Book Festival. She is also a co-founder of The Belonging Project, a series of workshops reflecting on the flight, journey and assimilation of refugees.
Jane Goldman was born in the Scottish borders and raised in Northumberland and South Yorkshire. A graduate of the University of Edinburgh, she has taught at the Universities of Edinburgh and Dundee, and is currently Reader in English Literature at the University of Glasgow. Her poetry has appeared inScree, Textualities, New Writing Dundee and elsewhere.
The pamphlet Border Thoughts (Sufficient Place), Goldman’s first collection, was published in 2014. She lives in Edinburgh.
Pippa Goldschmidt is the author of the novel ‘The Falling Sky’ and the short story collection ‘The Need for Better Regulation of Outer Space’ (both published by Freight). Her short stories, poetry and non-fiction have appeared in a variety of places including Gutter, Lablit, the Independent and the New York Times, as well as broadcast on Radio 4. In 2016 she was a winner of the MRC Suffrage Science award (for women in science). Find out more at http://www.pippagoldschmidt.co.uk.
Aiko Greig was born in California and now lives in Scotland where she completed an MSc in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh. Aiko won a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2015. Her poetry is published in The Edinburgh Review, Dactyl, and Ink Sweat & Tears, among others. http://www.lionandsloth.com
Jane Griffiths has published 4 collections of poetry with Bloodaxe Books, of which Another Country (2008) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize. Her fifth, Silent in Finisterre, is forthcoming in April 2017. She was formerly a Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh, and is now Fellow and Tutor in English at Wadham College, Oxford.
Dominic Hale was born in Blackpool and lives in Edinburgh.
Anne Hay wrote short stories and comedy for BBC radio, taught creative writing at Open Studies, Edinburgh University and set up Writing Off The Wall, an arts and mental health charity. She was a WEA course organiser and tutor in adult literacy, communication skills and pre-retirement. After decades coaching older adults to try new challenges, she started to publish poetry at 61.
Iyad Hayatleh is a Palestinian poet and translator. Born and brought up in a Palestinian refugee camp in Syria, Iyad has lived in Glasgow since 2000, giving many readings and workshops around the country. His first collection, “Beyond all Measure”, was published by Survivor’s Press in 2007.
Iyad has collaborated with the poet Tessa Ransford on a two-way translation project resulting in the book “Rug of a Thousand Colours” (Luath, 2012), inspired by the Five Pillars of Islam. He has also collaborated with Palestinian artist Manl Deeb: they published an eBook, “Homeland” (Palestinian visual art and poetry from diaspora).
Colin Herd is a poet and Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow. His books include too ok (BlazeVOX, 2011), Glovebox (Knives, Forks and Spoons, 2013), Oberwildling – with SJ Fowler (Austrian Cultural Forum, 2015) and Press, Back Up, Help (Boilerhouse Poets, 2016). He is co-organiser of Outside-in / Inside-out, a new poetry festival based in Glasgow: http://outsidepoetryfestival.wordpress.com
Andy Jackson is from Salford, now living in Scotland. He is editor of several poetry anthologies for Red Squirrel Press including Split Screen (2012) and its sequel Double Bill (2014), and Tour de Vers (2013). He also co-edited an historical anthology of poems about the city of Dundee entitled Whaleback City (with W.N. Herbert, Dundee University Press 2013). He has published two collections of poetry, The Assassination Museum (2010) and A Beginner’s Guide To Cheating (2015), also via Red Squirrel Press. In 2015 he co-curated the New Boots and Pantisocracies poetry project with W.N.Herbert (newbootsandpantisocracies.wordpress.com) and all-too-regularly writes tweet-length poetic obituaries on his Otwituaries blog (otwituaries.blogspot.co.uk).
Màrtainn Mac an t-Saoir / Martin MacIntyre is originally from Lenzie, Glasgow. He is an author, poet and storyteller. His novels and short stories have been nominated for several prizes,and he has won the Saltire First Book Award. Martin’s poetry has been published in Dannsam Led Fhaileas / Let Me Dance With Your Shadow. In 2007, he was crowned ‘Bàrd’ by An Comunn Gàidhealach and he has been a member of Shore Poets since 2010.
Pàdraig MacAoidh / Peter Mackay has a collection of poems, Gu Leòr / Galore, published by Acair in 2015 and a pamphlet, From another island, which was published by Clutag Press in 2010. He is a Lecturer in Literature in the School of English at the University of St Andrews, and has also worked as a journalist for the BBC. He lives in Edinburgh.
Rob A. Mackenzie is from Glasgow but has lived in Edinburgh and Leith for 11 years. His most recent poetry collection is The Good News (Salt, 2013). He is reviews editor for Magma Poetry magazine.
Aonghas MacNeacail has been a leading voice in Gaelic poetry for decades, as poet, and as a regular literary commentator in print and on Gaelic radio. He is also a songwriter, screen writer and librettist.
Marianne MacRae is an Edinburgh-based poet and comedian. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh, funded by the SGSAH and recently won the Grierson Verse Prize.
Agnes Marton is a Hungarian-born poet, Reviews Editor at The Ofi Press. Recent publications include ‘Estuary: A Confluence of Art and Poetry’ (USA, winner of a Saboteur Award) and her poetry collection, ‘Captain Fly’s Bucket List’. The exhibition ‘Guardian of the Edge’ showcased artworks inspired by her poetry. The world premiere of her opera duet (composer: Vasiliki Legaki) took place in London. She has been selected to take part in an expedition to the Arctic Circle and write about her experience.
Iain Matheson was born in Plean and grew up in Glasgow. He now lives in Edinburgh where he is a long-time composer and recent poet. He has been a prizewinner in the National Gallery’s “Inspired? Get Writing” competition. His poetry has appeared in Gutter magazine, and online in Amsterdam Quarterly.
Richie McCaffery lives in Ghent, Belgium and holds a PhD in Scottish Literature from the University of Glasgow. His has published two pamphlets of poetry as well as a book-length collection (‘Cairn’ from Nine Arches Press). He has another pamphlet forthcoming in 2017 and is nearly finished a collection of poems based on his new life in Belgium.
Colin McGuire is a consummate poet and performer from Glasgow, who lives in Edinburgh. He is the author of three collections. His first self-published collection, ‘Riddled with errors’ (Clydesidepress, 2003), his first pamphlet, ‘Everybody lie down and no one gets hurt,’ (Red Squirrel Press, 2013), and his first full collection, ‘As I sit quietly, I begin to smell burning,’ (Red Squirrel Press, 2014). He has performed and written relentlessly over the last five years, building up a reputation as a dynamic, engaging and challenging performer and poet.
Jane McKie’s first two collections of poetry were Morocco Rococo (Cinnamon Press), which won the Sundial/Scottish Arts Council award for best first book of 2007, and When the Sun Turns Green (Polygon, 2009). In 2011, Jane won the Edwin Morgan poetry prize and published a pamphlet, Garden of Bedsteads, with Mariscat Press, a PBS Choice. Her most recent collection is Kitsune (Cinnamon Press, 2015). She is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh.
nick-e melville is a poet/artist based in Edinburgh grafting in the fields of found, erasure, process and visual poetics, with occasional departure poems. melville’s last publication was Conservative Badges(ZimZalla, 2016) and his visual work was anthologised in The New Concrete (Hayward Publishing, 2015). He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow – his thesis, The Imperative Commands, is a 365 page book of poetry created from harvested instructional-institutional language that bombards people on a daily basis.
Iain Morrison has a frequently collaborative writing practice in poetry and live literature. Recent work includes The Library is Open! a night of drag queen poetry at the Scottish Poetry Library, and a durational installation of the complete Emily Dickinson poems developed in residency at Forest Centre+. He works at The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh and blogs at permanentpositions.wordpress.com.
Theresa Muñoz was born in Vancouver and now lives in Edinburgh. She holds a B.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and a Ph.D. in Scottish Literature from the University of Glasgow where she was Overseas Research Scholar. Her work has appeared in several journals in both Canada and the United Kingdom, including Canadian Literature, The Poetry Review, Scottish Review of Books and Best Scottish Poems. Her debut collection of poems Settle (Vagabond Voices, 2016) was previously shortlisted for the Melita Hume Prize.
Louise Peterkin has previously had poems published in New Writing Scotland and The Dark Horse amongst others. She was one of the recipients in the poetry category for the New Writers Awards 2016 from the Scottish Book Trust. She lives in Edinburgh and works for the University of Edinburgh Library. She loves living in Edinburgh, especially for its thriving poetry scene and fantastic cinemas.
Lauren Pope manages the Scottish Universities’ International Summer School at the University of Edinburgh where she is currently pursuing a Creative Writing PhD. Her writing has appeared in various publications including the Edinburgh Review and Etchings. She is originally from Los Angeles, and moved to Edinburgh in 2005 for the weather.
Chris Powici’s latest collection of poems This Weight of Light was published by Red Squirrel in 2015. Chris teaches creative writing for the University of Stirling, The Open University and gives readings and workshops for schools and writing groups. He edits the literary magazine Northwords Now, lives in Perthshire and enjoys a happy addiction to cycling.
Elizabeth Rimmer has been widely published in magazines and on-line. Her first collection, Wherever We Live Now,was published in 2011 by Red Squirrel Press who also published her second collection, The Territory of Rain, in September 2015. She was awarded the honour of Makar of the Federation of Writer (Scotland) in 2016.She is currently working on poems about herbs, wild landscapes, and music as a response to personal grief and social upheaval. She blogs at www.burnedthumb.co.uk.
Tracey S. Rosenberg is a novelist and poet who lives in Edinburgh. She’s originally from the United States, and not a week goes by that she isn’t reminded about her American accent. She has run out of sarcastic rejoinders.
Finola Scott lives in Glasgow. Her poems and short stories are widely published in anthologies and magazines including The Ofi Press, Raum, Dactyl ,The Lake. Liz Lochead is her mentor this year on the Clydebuilt Scheme. A performance poet, she is proud to be a slam-winning granny.
Sophie Scrivener (b. 1994) is a new writer from Northampton, she studied briefly at Northumbria University but realised her passion was not for Chemistry and has recently moved to Edinburgh in pursuit of a more poetic career. This is her first published piece of work.
Emma Sedlak is a Scottish-American writer-singer-poet (which means she would have been great as a minstrel or scribe a few hundred years ago!). Currently a communications designer in Sydney, Australia, she helps people create deep, intuitive content and narratives. On the web, she lives at EmmaSedlak.com, and on twitter @TheBedsidePoet.
Roddy Shippin is an Edinburgh-based poet, call centre-Sisyphus and worse-than-mediocre cricketer. He has previously had poems in such places as The Delinquent, Ink Sweat & Tears, Push and One Night Stanzas. He helps to run Blind Poetics – a monthly Edinburgh poetry evening – as well as edit the poetry at Valve Journal. Poetic influences include Edwin Morgan, Amiri Baraka and Shiv Chanderpaul.
Nancy Somerville’s work has been widely published in anthologies and magazines. She writes mainly poetry but has finished the first draft of a novel. Her short story Mountain Avens won the Scottish Mountain Writing competition in 2015. Her poetry collection, ‘Waiting for Zebras’ was published by Red Squirrel Press (Scotland) in 2008. www.redsquirrelpress.com. In 2004 she co-edited with Stewart Conn, Goldfish Suppers, an illustrated poetry anthology for families with young children.
Jock Stein was born in Edinburgh, worked in the Sheffield steel industry, studied theology at Edinburgh University, and directed Carberry Tower in Musselburgh when it was a Conference Centre. Retired and living in Haddington, he helps to lead Tyne and Esk Writers as well as several other charities.
Gerda Stevenson, is an award-winning actor/writer/director/singer/songwriter. Her work has been widely staged, broadcast and published throughout Britain and abroad. She has received writers’ bursaries from Scottish Arts Council and Creative Scotland. Her play FEDERER VERSUS MURRAY (pub. Salmagundi (USA), toured to New York in 2012, and her poetry collection If This Were Real was published by Smokestack Books, 2013. Gerda was nominated as Scots Singer of the Year, following the release of her CD NIGHT TOUCHES DAY in 2014. http://www.gerdastevenson.co.uk
Sandy Thomson is a playwright and director. She has created theatre for the National Theatre of Scotland, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and her own company – Poorboy. She is a Playwright Studio Scotland Award winner. Her current projects include Damned Rebel Bitches – a stage work charting the adventures of two indomitable pensioners during Hurricane Sandy – and Miggly, a short film about love and face-blindness. She loves writing short stories because you don’t have to pay for the special effects.
Samuel Tongue has published poems in numerous anthologies and magazines, including And Other Poems, The Compass, Cordite (Aus.), Gutter, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Magma, and Northwords Now. He held the Callan Gordon Award as part of the 2013 Scottish Book Trust’s New Writers Awards and is featured in Be The First to Like This: New Scottish Poetry (Vagabond Voices, 2014) and Best British and Irish Poets 2016 (Eyewear, 2016). He is poetry editor at The Glasgow Review of Books.
JL Williams’ books include Condition of Fire (Shearsman, 2011), Locust and Marlin (Shearsman, 2014) – shortlisted for the 2014 Saltire Society Poetry Book of the Year Award – the triptych collection Our Real Red Selves (Vagabond Poets, 2015) and House of the Tragic Poet (If A Leaf Falls Press, 2016). She was selected for the 2015 Jerwood Opera Writing Programme, plays in the band Opul and is Programme Manager at the Scottish Poetry Library. www.jlwilliamspoetry.co.uk
Ryan Van Winkle lives in Edinburgh. His second collection, The Good Dark, won the Saltire Society’s 2015 Poetry Book of the Year award. His poems have appeared in New Writing Scotland, The Prairie Schooner, The American Poetry Review, AGNI and Best Scottish Poems 2015. He was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson fellowship in 2012 and a residency at The Studios of Key West in 2016. As a member of Highlight Arts he has organized festivals and workshops in Syria, Pakistan and Iraq.
Hamish Whyte is an Edinburgh-based poet, editor and publisher. He runs Mariscat Press, which in 2015 won both the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award and the Michael Marks Award for poetry pamphlet publishing. He was an RLS Fellow in 2007 and is an Honorary Research Fellow in Scottish Literature, University of Glasgow. His third collection from Shoestring Press, Things We Never Knew, is published in 2016. He is a member
of Edinburgh’s Shore Poets and plays percussion in the band The Whole Shebang.
Colin Will is an Edinburgh-born writer, editor and saxophonist. He has had eight poetry collections published, the latest being a collection of haibun, The Book of Ways, published by Red Squirrel Press in 2014. He also writes short stories. He chairs the boards of the StAnza and CoastWord festivals. Website:www.colinwill.co.uk
Andrew J. Wilson is an Edinburgh-based writer, editor and spoken-word performer. His recent work has appeared in Where Rockets Burn Through: Contemporary Science Fiction Poems from the UK, Weird Tales, Critical Insights: Pulp Fiction of the ’20s and ’30s, Double Bill: Poems Inspired by Popular Culture,Professor Challenger: New Worlds, Lost Places, Chilling Horror Short Stories and Shoreline of Infinity. With Neil Williamson, he co-edited the award-nominated anthology Nova Scotia: New Scottish Speculative Fiction.
Jay G Ying is currently living in Edinburgh studying to be a doctor. His poetry has previously appeared in The Adroit Journal, where he is also working as a prose reader. In 2014, he was chosen to attend the Tower Poetry Summer School. He is an enthusiast for translated and global literature, and has previously lived in Hong Kong, Durban and Geneva.
Jane Yolen lives part time in St Andrews, part time in New England, and most of the rest of her time in her head. Author of over 350 books, 7 of them books of adult poetry with four more to come out, and about 50 for children, she has six honorary doctorates for her work and a lot of other awards, one of which set her good Scottish wool coat on fire.