Northwords Now Issue 38

The FREE literary magazine of the North

Contributing Authors

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  • Frances Ainslie

    lives in Perthshire. A Frances Ainslie was a finalist in the 2017 Costa Short Story Award, she writes poetry, fiction & non-fiction and is currently doing an MLitt in Scottish Literature. more...

  • Ian Aitken

    Ian Aitken is previously unpublished and writes poetry for fun and relaxation. He lives in Aberdeen with his wife, three teenagers and dog. more...

  • Andy Allan

    Andy Allan lives in Moray beside Culbin Forest. His latest collection, Within the Slide of Wind was published by Indigo Dreams in November 2018. more...

  • Helen Allison

    Helen Allison lives in Forres. Her first poetry collection, Tree standing small, was published in 2018 by Clochoderick Press. Second collection in seed stage. Find her on Twitter @h_allison_poet more...

  • David Alston

    David Alston is a historian with a background in many different occupations, including museum curator, councillor and NHS chair (Highlands). He researches Highland Scots’ involvement with slavery: - the subject of his next book. more...

  • Anjali Suzanne Angel

    Anjali Suzanne Angel is a Skye poet, lyricist, ghostwriter and former journalist. She writes about UK history, travel and is working on a book of essays about Hungary. more...

  • Juliet Antill

    Juliet Antill lives on the Isle of Mull. Her poems have been seen most recently in Magma, New Writing Scotland and the ezine Antiphon. more...

  • Tristan ap Rheinnalt

    Tristan ap Rheinallt is from Wales but has been living in the Scottish islands for 27 years. He is a member of Stornoway Writers’ Circle. more...

  • Chris Arthur

    Chris Arthur lives in St Andrews. He has published several essay collections, most recently Hummingbirds Between the Pages. For details of his work see www.chrisarthur.org. more...

  • Tom Ashman

    Tom Ashman is a writer and musician from the Orkney Islands. He is particularly drawn to the short story form and enjoys writing about people. more...

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  • Phil Baarda

    Phil Baarda is a writer based in the Highlands. He’s the creative director of Mangonel Theatre company, and also runs the Inverness Playwrights – a group of drama writers of all kinds. more...

  • Stephen Barnaby

    Stephen Barnaby was born in St. Annes, Lancashire, grew up in Thurso, Caithness and lives in Musselburgh, East Lothian with his partner and two daughters. more...

  • Meg Bateman

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  • Heather Beaton

    Heather Beaton lives on South Uist and is inspired by the changing seasons, wild weather and connecting with the hidden wild. Read more at www.heatherybean.blogspot.com. more...

  • Valerie Beattie

    Valerie Beattie is a Northwords Board member and developed UHI’s first undergraduate literature degree. Her research interests include Gothic studies and she is working to bring an accepted book draft to publication. more...

  • Alison Bell

    Alison Bell’s poetry and short fiction emerges from her domestic landscape in Aberdeenshire. She has an M. Litt. in Creative Writing from Dundee University. more...

  • Kirsteen Bell

    Kirsteen Bell is a poet, writer, copywriter, and literature student (University of the Highlands and Islands). She lives and works on a croft in Lochaber. more...

  • Liam Murray Bell

    Liam Murray Bell lives in Stirling and teaches at the university. He is author of two novels:So It Is (2012) and The Busker (2014). more...

  • Simon Berry

    Simon Berry a former editor of The Scotsman book pages, president of Scottish PEN and a board member of 7:84 Scotland, has a poetry collection A Mask for Grieving and biography of Victorian poet, Alexander Smith published by FTRR Press. more...

  • Sharon Black

    Sharon Black is from Glasgow and lives in the Cévennes mountains in France, the subject of her fourth collection. www.sharonblack.co.uk more...

  • Sheena Blackhall

    Sheena Blackhall is a writer, illustrator, traditional ballad singer and storyteller in North East Scotland. In 2009, she became Makar for Aberdeen and the North East. more...

  • Helen Boden

    Helen Boden is an Edinburgh-based writer, educator, all-weather walker and fair-weather cyclist. She is widely published in literary magazines and collaborates with visual artists more...

  • Peter Burrows

    Peter Burrows, a librarian, grew up in Kinross and is training to be a counsellor. His work has appeared widely, including most recently in Southlight, Coast to Coast and Marble Poetry. more...

  • Paddy Bushe

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  • Alasdair Caimbeul

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  • Aonghas Pàdraig Caimbeul

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  • Maoilios Caimbeul

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  • Satyapada Campbell

    Satyapada Campbell from Inverness lived previously in Sutherland, Skye, Glasgow and London. Beyond an Arvon course at the start of the millennium, Inverness Playwrights now gets her writing. more...

  • Leonie Charlton

    Leonie Charlton (Bonniwell) lives in Glen Lonan in Argyll. She recently completed an MLitt in Creative Writing at Stirling University and writes fiction, non-fiction and poetry www.leoniebonniwell.co.uk more...

  • Janis Clark

    Janis Clark’s poetry is published in a variety of magazines and anthologies. She received two commendations for the Geoff Stevens Memorial Award and other competitions. more...

  • Sara Clark

    Sara Clark is an award-winning poet and novelist from the Scottish Borders. She is currently an editor of the literary magazine The Eildon Tree. more...

  • Paul F Cockburn

    Paul F Cockburn is an Edinburgh-based freelance magazine journalist specialising in arts & culture, equality issues, and popular science. He is Scotland editor for broadwaybaby.com more...

  • Julian Colton

    Julian Colton lives in Selkirk, edits The Eildon Tree literary magazine and contributes articles and reviews. His five collections of poetry include, most recently,Two Che Guevaras (Scottish Borders Council) and Everyman Street (Smokestack Publishing). more...

  • Catriona McNeill Courtier

    Catriona McNeill Courtier is an Edinburgh-based writer. more...

  • Evan Cowan

    Evan Cowen is a Lake District-born resident of Fort William. Gripped by writer’s block throughout university, he’s recently picked up the pen again. Fuelled by good coffee and bad weather. more...

  • Ian Crockatt

    Ian Crockatt is a widely published poet and poetry translator. He’s reading his acclaimed translations of Viking poetry at Orkney’s St. Magnus festival in June. more...

  • Derek Crook

    Derek Crook lives on Mull. He has published in Northwords Now, Poetry Scotlandand in such anthologies as Watch The Birdie, Poetree and The Bee’s Breakfast. more...

  • Seth Crook

    Dr Seth Crook is transitioning into a seal. He lives on Mull. His poems have appeared in many different publications, such as Antiphon, Magma, Envoi and The Glasgow Review of Books. more...

  • Liam Alastair Crouse

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  • Liam Alasdair Crowe

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  • Maureen Cullen

    Maureen Cullen writes poetry and short fiction and lives in Argyll and Bute. Her work has been published in a variety of magazines and anthologies. more...

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  • Mike Dixon

    Mike Dixon lives in Inverness. When not travelling, he is writing the biography of famous Scottish climber and Ullapool GP, Tom Patey. more...

  • Molly Donachie

    Molly Donachie won the Sentinel Publications Poetry Book Competition 2017 and will shortly be publishing her first collection. more...

  • Mara Dougall

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  • Jonathan Drew

    Jonathan Drew lives in Perthshire. He’s inspired by the natural world and our place within it. His poetry has featured in several magazines and anthologies. more...

  • Dubh

    dubh is a writer and hermit in Glasgow who spends a lot of time meditating or walking the city without destination more...

  • Trudy Duffy-Wigman

    Trudy Duffy-Wigman says that: “Flash fiction is my natural home. The sparseness of words: a haiku in prose. English is my second language. I was born in the Netherlands.” more...

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  • Millie Earle-Wright

    Millie Earle-Wright from the north-east edge of the Cairngorms, writes poetry, and has been published by The Dangerous Women Project, Adjacent Pineapple and in the anthology Under, amongst others. more...

  • Anne Elizabeth Edwards

    Anne Elizabeth Edwards from Lewis reckons that after a long career as a midwife helping women birth their babies, it’s time for a new creative energy; coming ‘Home’ is the first step. more...

  • Susan Elsley

    Susan Elsley writes poetry and fiction and lives in Edinburgh. Her work is influenced by Scotland’s wilder places and our interaction with them. more...

  • Catharine Eunson

    Catherine Eunson was a joint winner of the 2018 McCash prize, had poems featured StAnza 2019 and lives in Glasgow. She also composes music for poetry. more...

  • Sally Evanz

    Sally Evanz from Callander has been publishing poems and books of poems for many years. She is celebrating her retirement by studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at Lancaster University. more...

  • Dàibhidh Eyre

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  • Gerrie Fellows

    Gerrie Fellows, born in New Zealand, has lived and worked in Scotland for thirty years, as a creative writing tutor, writer-in-residence and most recently as a mentor to new poets. more...

  • Anna Fleming

    Anna Fleming writes on environment, ecology and adventure. She is editing an anthology of creative writing for the Cairngorms National Park. You can follow her thoughts on thegranitesea.wordpress.com more...

  • Chris Foxall

    Chris Foxall divides her time between Yorkshire and the Isle of Skye, taking inspiration from the land, the sea and unexpected encounters along the way. more...

  • Sally Frank

    Sally Frank lives in Fife and Tiree. When she can, she walks the machair with Tim, planning. more...

  • Scott Fraser

    Scott R Fraser lives in Kingussie. He is a project manager, pilgrim and poet currently working on a short collection of poems titled Big Steps. more...

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  • Julie Galante

    Julie Galante is a writer and visual artist based in Edinburgh. She won the inaugural Janet Coats Black Prize for Fiction in 2019. more...

  • Matthew Gallivan

    Matthew Gallivan is a Canadian living in Belfast. His poetry and short stories have been published in numerous journals more...

  • Joan Gibson

    Joan Gibson lives in Kinross and is a member of Kinwriters. She began writing short stories and poetry in retirement. more...

  • David Gilbert

    David Gilbert is a lapsed Landscape Architect, a founder member of Resolis Community Arts and Cromarty and Resolis Film Society and an enthusiastic supporter of all the arts, particularly film, music and painting. more...

  • Jo Gilbert

    Jo Gilbert is a writer and spoken word artist from Aberdeen who won the 2018 StAnza slam and is currently working on her first poetry collection. more...

  • Ruth Gilchrist

    Ruth Gilchrist is an award-winning, East Lothian poet who can be found in various media. Her first joint pamphlet The Weather Looks Promising is published by Black Agnes Press. more...

  • Harry Giles

    Harry Giles lives in Edinburgh and is studying for a Creative Writing PhD at Stirling. His collection Tonguit (Freight, 2015) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. more...

  • Amanda Gilmour

    Amanda Gilmour is a creative writing student at the University of the Highlands and Islands. She lives in Inverness with her husband and three children. more...

  • Merryn Glover

    Merryn Glover writes fiction, drama and poetry. For 2019, she is Writer in Residence for the Cairngorms National Park, which is turning out to be her dream job. more...

  • Peter Godfrey

    Peter Godfrey lives in the Hebrides and covers his tracks by working as a journalist. more...

  • David Goldie

    David Goldie lives and works in the Highlands and has recently returned to writing poetry after a long period of admiring it from a distance. more...

  • Brian Gourley

    Brian Gourley from Co. Tyrone has most recently published poems in Acumen, Southlight and The Eildon Tree and is currently working on debut collection and novel. more...

  • Barry Graham

    Barry Graham is what Foucault called an Author Function. More than a dozen books. www.dogozen.co.uk more...

  • Nancy Graham

    Nancy Graham lives in Belfast, working in the women’s sector. Her poetry is inspired by her Highland family history, as well as Northern Irish life. more...

  • Christine Grant

    Christine Grant lives in the West of Scotland with her family. She has recently finished a novel about two islanders who meet in London. more...

  • Stephanie Green

    Stephanie Green is English-Irish. Her pamphlet Flout was published by HappenStance, 2015. She lives in Edinburgh where she reviews theatre and dance. http://sites.google.com/site/stephgreen1/home more...

  • Sharon Gunason

    Sharon Gunason Pottinger’s novel, Returning: The Journey of Alexander Sinclair was published in 2015. Her work has also appeared in New Writing Scotland. more...

  • Kirsty Gunn

    Kirsty Gunn directs the Writing Practice and Study Programme at the University of Dundee. Her latest book is Caroline’s Bikini (‘An Arrangement of a Novel’, Faber & Faber). more...

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  • Mandy Haggith

    Mandy Haggith is a writer and environmental activist who lives in Assynt, where trees grow down to the sea. www.mandyhaggith.net more...

  • Selina Hardisty

    Selena Hardisty was raised in North London, has visited North Scotland over many years and absorbed its traditions. She is a keen beachcomber. more...

  • Lydia Harris

    Lydia Harris has made her home in the Orkney island of Westray. In 2017, she held a Scottish Book Trust New Writers’ Award for poetry. more...

  • Lesley Harrison

    Lesley lives on the Angus coast. In her poetry and prose she explores our instinctive responses to our 'home' environment - physical, material, linguistic, psychological. Recent projects include working with scientists and visual artists to produce a multimedia 'deep map' of the Icelandic fishing village of Skagaströnd. Her most recent pamphlet is Blue Pearl (New Directions, 2017). more...

  • Jennifer Morag Henderson

    Jennifer Morag Henderson’s book Josephine Tey: A Life was included in the Observer’s list of the best biographies of 2015. Her website is www.jennifermoraghenderson.com more...

  • Alisdair Hodgson

    Alisdair Hodgson is a poet, writer, freelance editor and joint editor-in-chief of Bandit Fiction, who has thus far divided his life between Wick, Haddington, Stow and Stirling. more...

  • Rachel Horsburgh

    Rachel Horsburgh grew up in Dundee and then ‘emigrated’ to the Highlands. She works in wildlife conservation, writes and grows food for her family. more...

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  • Mark Innis

    Marc Innis has been writing a novel for some time. His book of poems Sireadh is available online. more...

  • Lauren Ivers

    Lauren Ivers is a Glasgow-based writer, originally from East Ayrshire. more...

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  • Paula Jennings

    Paula Jennings’ most recent poetry collection is Under a Spell Place, published by HappenStance. She facilitates poetry writing workshops in Fife and Edinburgh more...

  • Sarah Jessen

    Sarah Jessen writes poetry and fiction inspired by the landscape of her home, motherhood and folklore. She is based in the beautiful islands of Orkney. more...

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  • Jackie Kay

    Jackie Kay is a poet, novelist, The Scots Makar and Chancellor of the University of Salford. more...

  • Stephen Keeler

    Stephen Keeler is an award-winning poet. He lives in Ullapool where he teaches creative writing workshops and courses. more...

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  • Jean Langhorne

    Jean Langhorne tries to spend as much time as possible in the Highlands, walking in the hills. She recently completed an MLitt in Environment Culture and Communication from Glasgow University. more...

  • Alistair Lawrie

    Alistair Lawrie born in Peterhead, lives now in Stonehaven; co-edited Glimmer Of Cold Brine; leads Mearns Writers; published in The Interpreter’s House and “Poets’ Republic; winner of the William Soutar Prize 2016. more...

  • Robert Leach

    Robert Leach is a theatre director, academic and writer. He has published five collections of poetry, including the epic The Journey to Mount Kailash in 2010. more...

  • Robin Leiper

    Robin Leiper is a psychotherapist living between Scotland and South Africa and trying to write in the spaces that open up between them. more...

  • Ingrid Leonard

    Ingrid Leonard comes from Orkney, which inspires much of her work. She recently graduated from Newcastle University with an MA in Writing Poetry. more...

  • Anna Levin

    Anna Levin is a writer and editor specialising in wildlife journalism. She is currently writing a book Incandescent, to be published by Saraband in 2019. www.annalevinwriting.co.uk more...

  • Coinneach Lindsay

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  • Sheila Lockhart

    Sheila Lockhart is retired and lives on the Black Isle. She started writing poetry two years ago following a bereavement and now finds she can’t stop. more...

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  • Iain S Mac a’ phearsain

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  • Màrtainn Mac an t-Saoir

    Màrtainn Mac an t-Saoir Rugadh Màrtainn Mac an t-Saoir ann an 1965 agus thogadh ann an Lèanaidh e. Ghlèidh Ath-Aithne, cruinneachadh de sgeulachdan goirid, Duais na Saltire Society airson Ciad Leabhair ann an 2003. Anns an Iuchar 2018 chaidh an nobhail ùr aige Samhradh ’78 fhoillseachadh le Luath Press. more...

  • Pàdraig Macaoidh

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  • Mandy Macdonald

    Mandy Macdonald’s poetry appears in journals and anthologies in and outwith Scotland, with contributions forthcoming in Multiverse (Shoreline of Infinity) and Vaster than Empires (Grey Hen). more...

  • Sonya MacDonald

    Sonya Macdonald is a Scottish writer currently working on a first collection of poems. Her nomadic upbringing and years spent in the Hebrides remain a source of inspiration. more...

  • Rónán MacDubhghaill

    Rónán MacDubhghaill is a writer, essayist and post-doctoral scholar of narrative and memory based at the Sorbonne, Paris (generally), and the mountains of Slovenia (presently). more...

  • Fearghas MacFhionnlaigh

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  • Anna Macfie

    Anna Macfie was born in Glasgow and lives in the Highlands. She writes about experience of place. more...

  • Duncan MacInnes

    D.B. MacInnes writes and plays uilleann pipes on the Skye croft held by his family since 1860. He is currently working on a novel called Highland. more...

  • Peter Maclaren

    Peter Maclaren lives in Glasgow. His poems have appeared in Akros, Lines Review and New Writing Scotland. more...

  • Anne MacLeod

    Anne MacLeod has published two novels and two poetry collections. Her Standing by Thistles collection was shortlisted for a Saltire First Book Award and her first novel,The Dark Ship, was nominated for Saltire and Impac awards. more...

  • S A MacLeod

    S.A. MacLeod’s short stories have appeared in anthologies, online and been shortlisted for competitions. She has just completed a novel that moves between contemporary Scotland and wartime Japan. more...

  • Caoimhin MacNèill

    Caoimhin MacNèill Tha Caoimhin MacNèill na òraidiche aig Oilthigh Shruighlea. Am measg nan leabhraichean aige tha The Brilliant & Forever agus The Diary of Archie the Alpaca. Sgrìobh e am fiolm Hamish: The Movie. more...

  • Aonghas MacNeacail

    Aonghas MacNeacail Poet in three languages, songwriter, journalist, broadcaster, translator, scriptwriter. A Borders-based, multi-award-winning Skyeman, he is a Fellow of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies, with an honorary Doctorate of Literature from Glasgow University. more...

  • Lucy Macrae

    Lucy MacRae lectures in Scottish Ethnology at Edinburgh University. She is writing a novel called Nettles which features folklore collectors, replica swords and a missing grandmother. more...

  • Greg Macthòmais

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  • Chris Madej

    Chris Madej lives and works in Inverness. He somehow finds time to write while being a husband and a father of two boys. more...

  • Martin Malone

    Martin Malone lives in north-east Scotland. He has published two poetry collections:The Waiting Hillside and Cur. He’s an Associate Teaching Fellow in Creative Writing at Aberdeen University. more...

  • Marion McCready

    Marion McCready lives in Dunoon, Argyll. She is the author of two poetry collections, most recently Madame Ecosse (Eyewear Publishing, 2017). more...

  • Beth McDonough

    Beth McDonough’s poetry appears in Causeway, Gutter and elsewhere; she reviews in DURA. Handfast (with Ruth Aylett) explores dementia and autism. A pamphlet is coming... more...

  • Ian McDonough

    Ian McDonough has published four collections of poetry, most recently A Witch Among The Gooseberries (Mariscat 2014). His work has appeared in Poetry Review, Ambit, New Writing Scotland and other places. Brora Rangers supporter. more...

  • Erin McGregor

    Erin McGregor lives and writes in Alberta, Canada, and flies to Scotland every few years to go for long walks in the Highlands. more...

  • Brenda McHale

    Brenda McHale lives in Perthshire and is coming to the end of Dundee’s MLitt Writing Practice. She’s had short stories and non-fiction published. more...

  • Roddie McKenzie

    Roddie McKenzie has published in Nethergate Writers’ anthologies since 2006 and recently also appeared in Lallans, Seagate III, New Writing Scotland 35, 50 Shades of Tay and Rebel. more...

  • Liz McKibben

    Liz McKibben lives in Edinburgh, writes in English and Scots, enjoys translating poetry and has been published in New Writing Scotland. more...

  • David McVey

    David McVey has published over 120 short stories and also writes non-fiction articles. He lectures in Communication at New College Lanarkshire. more...

  • Linda Menzies

    Linda Menzies lives in Dunfermline and has had poetry and short stories published in magazines during the past 20 years. Her first novel was published this year. more...

  • Greg Michaelson

    Greg Michaelson lives in Edinburgh. He mostly likes to write about how things aren’t and how they might be. more...

  • Jon Miller

    Jon Miller has had poetry published in various literary magazines as well as book and exhibition reviews and literary journalism. He has also collaborated with Scottish artists on projects linking poetry, visual art and music. more...

  • Deborah Moffatt

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  • Martin Lee Mueller

    Martin Lee Mueller is an ecophilosopher, writer and storyteller who lives in Oslo. He is working to create the Circumpolar Salmon Forum, a network organization for salmon cultures from around the Arctic. more...

  • Maxine Rose Munro

    Maxine Rose Munro is a Shetlander living in Glasgow and still suffering from the culture shock. Her poetry is an exploration, and interpretation, of this. more...

  • Robin Munro

    Robin Munro now lives on Bute, after running a bookshop in Galloway. His two published poetry collections are The Land of the Mind and Shetland like the World. more...

  • Donald S Murray

    Donald S. Murray is from Ness in the Isle of Lewis and now lives in Shetland. His next book The Dark Stuff, Stories from the Peatlands will be published by Bloomsbury early in 2018. more...

  • Roddy Murray

    R M Murray is from Lewis. A Gaelic speaker, he is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art and Founding Director and Head of Visual Arts & Literature at An Lanntair, Stornoway. more...

  • Hamish Myers

    Hamish Myers lives in the Highlands and enjoys writing poems mainly inspired by the history, landscape and natural rhythms of the area. more...

  • Richard Myers

    Richard Myers is retired and owns a croft near Glen Affric. more...

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  • Lisa NicDhòmhnaill

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  • Hannah Nicholson

    Hannah Nicholson is from Brae in Shetland, and graduated from the University of Aberdeen with an MLitt with Distinction in Creative Writing in 2017. more...

  • John Robertson Nicoll

    John Robertson Nicoll is from Broughty Ferry. His book The Balloon Man in Edinburgh (Blue Ocean Publishing) was published in 2013. more...

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  • Niall O’Gallagher

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  • Clare O'Brien

    Clare O’Brien lives in Wester Ross, writing her first novel, ‘Light Switch’. Recent publication includes Mslexia, Spelk and anthologies from Hedgehog Poetry Press and The Emma Press. more...

  • Willie Orr

    Willie Orr is a former hill shepherd, teacher and counsellor. Now retired and living in Argyll, his new novel Mick (Thunderpoint) will be launched this autumn. more...

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  • Stuart A Paterson

    Stuart A. Paterson is a former BBC Scotland Poet in Residence & Robert Louis Stevenson Fellow, Paterson writes in both English & Scots. He lives by the Solway Firth. more...

  • Roy Pedersen

    Roy Pedersen is an Inverness-based author and transport consultant, now semi-retired from a career in Highland economic and social development. He serves on the Scottish Government’s Expert Ferry Group more...

  • Bob Pegg

    Bob Pegg lives in Strathpeffer in Ross-shire. He is a songwriter, musician, author, and occasional storyteller. more...

  • Sue Pepper

    Sue Pepper lives in Edinburgh and has written poetry over a long lifetime of teaching and travel. Curly Snake published some of her work in 2015. more...

  • Anna Pia

    Anne Pia is an Edinburgh-based Italian Scot, author and poet. Her Language of my Choosing was shortlisted for the Saltire First Book Award (2017) and won the Premio Flaiano Linguistica in 2018. more...

  • Lydia Popowich

    Lydia Popowich dreams, writes and paints by the sea in Caithness. Her first pamphlet, The Jellyfish Society was published in 2016 by Paper Swans Press. more...

  • Chris Powici

    Chris Powici is a former editor of Northwords Now who teaches English and Creative Writing and whose collection The Weight of Light is published by Red Squirrel Press. more...

  • Karen Hodgson Price

    Karen Hodgson Pryce lives in Aviemore. Her poetry has been published in several literary magazines and one of her short stories was Commended in the Neil Gunn Writing Competition 2017. more...

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  • Maggie Rabatski

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  • Larissa Reid

    Larissa Reid is an English teacher turned science writer from Fife who began writing poetry two years ago. Inspirations include geology, the night sky and the beauty of language. more...

  • Marka Rifat

    Marka Rifat is a member of Mearns Writers who recently began writing poetry, short stories, and plays, after careers in journalism and corporate communications. more...

  • Cynthia Rogerson

    Cynthia Rogerson’s latest novel Wait for me Jack (written under the pseudonym Addison Jones) is published by Sandstone. more...

  • Marie-Bernadette Rollins

    Marie-Bernadette Rollins is a Dundee-based poet, editor and non-native English speaker who believes in the power of words across borders. more...

  • Julian Ronay

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  • David James Ross

    David James Ross lives in Culloden Moor, Inverness and has published four poetry collections. He divides his time between music performance, poetry and stand-up comedy. more...

  • Martin Russell

    Martin Russell has had several short stories and poems published, including his own short story collection, Rattleskin. He lives in Inverness and supports Queen’s Park FC. more...

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  • Stewart Sanderson

    Stewart Sanderson is a poet from Glasgow. His second pamphlet,An Offering, is published by Tapsalteerie. more...

  • Donald Goodbrand Saunders

    Donald Goodbrand Saunders has been writing poems, in English and Scots, for almost half a century. He lives in Gartmore, in the Trossachs. more...

  • Finola Scott

    Finola Scott’s work is widely published in zines, mags & anthologies. A seasoned performance poet, she is proud to be a slam-winning granny. more...

  • Hamish Scott

    Hamish Scott’s fourth, and latest, poetry collection is Tuk-tuks, published under the Laverock’s Nest imprint. more...

  • Helen Sedgwick

    Helen Sedgwick is writing a crime trilogy and is the author of The Comet Seekers and The Growing Season (both Harvill Secker) which was shortlisted for the Saltire Society’s 2018 Fiction Book of the Year. more...

  • Alison Seller

    Alison Seller is a former teacher who lives in Cromarty. She writes poetry and monologues and enjoys singing, drama and cloud-gazing. more...

  • Hilton Shandwick

    Hilton Shandwick is the pseudonym of a writer based in Easter Ross. more...

  • Gillian Shearer

    Gillian Shearer lives in Alford. Published in Causeway, Southlight and The Leopard. She is a creative writing therapist for Clan cancer charity. more...

  • James Sinclair

    James Sinclair’s work has featured in several literary magazines and anthologies. He is a committee member of the New Shetlander and Shetland Forwards. more...

  • Karin Slater

    Karin Slater is a creative writing graduate from Lewis with a love of all things poetry. Her work has appeared in a number of publications. more...

  • Jane Picton Smith

    Jane Picton Smith is a mum of ‘two wonderful girls’. She was longlisted in the 2018 National Poetry Competition and has a PhD in Contemporary Scottish Poetry more...

  • Mark Ryan Smith

    Mark Ryan Smith lives in Shetland. His poems have appeared in various places, including New Writing Scotland, Gutter, Ink Sweat and Tears and Snakeskin. more...

  • Arun Sood

    Arun Sood teaches Romanticism, Gothic Literature and Critical Theory at Plymouth University and is also working on several writing projects, including a book about the transatlantic cultural memory of Robert Burns. more...

  • Mary Anne Spence

    Mary Anne Spence A teacher and prize-winning poet, Mary Anne Spence resides in Ardersier. She is often inspired by a need to record the past and fix memories. more...

  • David Stakes

    David Stakes is a social worker and writer who lives in Glasgow. He writes about locality, identity and the human heart. more...

  • Ian Stephen

    Ian Stephen’s selected poems maritime is published by Saraband as is his novel a Book of Death and Fish. Waypoints (Bloomsbury) was shortlisted for the Saltire non-fiction book of the year award, 2017. more...

  • Kenneth Stephen

    Kenneth Steven is now living in Argyll. His latest sequence of poems is Deirdre of the Sorrowsfrom Birlinn; his novel 2020 was published last year by Saraband. more...

  • Gerry Stewart

    Gerry Stewart is a poet living in Finland. Her collection Post-Holiday Blues was published by Flambard Press, UK. Her blog is http://thistlewren.blogspot.fi more...

  • Eòghan Stiùbhart

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  • Shane Strachan

    Shane Strachan holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Aberdeen. His writing has been widely published, and also performed on stage in Aberdeen’s The Lemon Tree and His Majesty’s Theatre. www.shanestrachan.com more...

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  • Ian Tallach

    Ian Tallach was raised in Taiwan and Hong Kong, worked in Botswana and retired from paediatrics with progressive M.S. He and his family now live in Glenurquhart. more...

  • Judith Taylor

    Judith Taylor originally from Perthshire, now lives and works in Aberdeen. Her first collection, Not in Nightingale Country, is published by Red Squirrel Press. more...

  • Kenny Taylor

    Kenny Taylor lives on the Black Isle, works mostly in non-fiction features and books drawn from nature and science, but also relishes other forms of storytelling more...

  • Amanda Thompson

    Amanda Thomson is a visual artist and writer who lectures at the Glasgow School of Art. Her award-winning artwork focuses on place, space and landscape in Scotland. more...

  • Sandy Thomson

    Sandy Thomson is a retired university lecturer from Glasgow who has been based in Cromarty for the past 22 years. more...

  • Samuel Tongue

    Samuel Tongue has published two pamphlets and a collection – Sacrifice Zones – is forthcoming with Red Squirrel (Feb 2020). He is Project Coordinator at the Scottish Poetry Library. more...

  • Graham Turner

    Graham Turner stays in North Harris and Edinburgh. His work has appeared at StAnza and on the Poetry Map of Scotland more...

  • Iain Twiddy

    Iain Twiddy studied literature at university, and lived for several years in northern Japan. His poems have been published in The Poetry Review, Poetry Ireland Review, The London Magazine and elsewhere. more...

  • Linda Tyler

    Linda Tyler lives in Aberdeenshire. Her short stories have been published in the UK, the US and Australia. She is currently seeking a publisher for her first novel. more...

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  • Ryan van Winkle

    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 and The American Poetry Review. more...

  • Jane Verburg

    Jane Verburg makes silver jewellery and lives in Cromarty. Local history, nature and landscapes inspire her own writing. She is presently working on a biography. more...

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  • Maggie Wallis

    Maggie Wallis has lived in the Highlands for twenty years. She is interested in the natural world and how she interacts with it, especially how it informs her way of living within it. more...

  • Jennifer Watson

    Jennifer Watson is originally from Edinburgh and now lives in Gairloch. She is a visual artist, photographer and mandolin player. more...

  • Peter Leslie Watson

    Peter Watson started writing seriously in retirement after courses at Oxford Continuing Education. Inspiration comes from the wild Sutherland landscape where he mostly writes. more...

  • Aileen West

    Eileen West is a former freelance journalist, advertising copywriter and magazine editor who is now exploring her creative side and dabbling in fiction and poetry. more...

  • Hanna Whaley

    Hannah Whaley is a writer and children’s author based in Angus, and past winner of Writing Magazine’s Self-Published Book of the Year. more...

  • David Mark Williams

    David Mark Williams writes poetry and short fiction. He has two collections of poetry published:The Odd Sock Exchange (Cinnamon, 2015) and Papaya Fantasia (Hedgehog, 2018).www.davidmarkwilliams.co.uk more...

  • Jim C Wilson

    Jim C Wilson is an award-winning poet who lives in Gullane and has for many years run the Poetry in Practice workshops at Edinburgh University. His five collections include Come Close and Listen (Greenwich Exchange). more...

  • Robin Wilson

    Robin Wilson has had two poetry collections published by Cinnamon Press - Ready Made Bouquets (2007) and Myself and Other Strangers (2015). His poetry has appeared in many UK poetry magazines and literary journals. more...

  • Ross Wilson

    Ross Wilson's first full collection, Line Drawing, was published by Smokestack Books in 2018. A pamphlet of poems will be published by Tapsalteerie in 2020. more...

  • Olga Wotjas

    Olga Wojtas won a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2015. Her debut novel,Miss Blaine’s Prefect and the Golden Samovar, is published by Contraband. more...

  • Howard Wright

    Howard Wright lectures at the Ulster University, Belfast School of Art. Long-listed in the 2016/17 National Poetry Competition and widely published, his first collection is King of Country (Blackstaff Press). more...

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  • Caroline Yates

    Carolyn Yates is a poet and playwright inspired by feminism and science. She lives in Dumfries and Galloway and runs a youth theatre in Stranraer. more...

  • Grahaeme Barrisford Young

    Grahaeme Barrisford Young is widely published. His most recent collection is Routes of Uncertainty (Original Plus). more...

  • John Young

    John Young recently retired from a career in education. He writes short pieces as a preferred means of exploring societal issues. more...

  • Catriona Yule

    Catriona Yule works as an English tutor in Aberdeenshire. Her poetry has recently been published in Southlight 26, launched at Wigtown Book Festival. more...