Carolyn Jess-Cooke has an international profile as an author and academic. Her poetry has been published in New Statesman, Poetry Review, Poetry London, Ambit, The SHOp, The Stinging Fly,Poetry New Zealand, and others, and has received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors, the Tyrone Guthrie Prize for Poetry, a place in the Cardiff International Poetry Competition, and has twice received a Northern Promise Award from New Writing North. Most recently, her poem ‘Hare’ was placed in the top ten out of 12,085 entries in the 2013 National Poetry Competition and was made into a filmpoem. Her debut novel The Guardian Angel’s Journal received offers of publication from four top UK publishers at the Frankfurt Book Fair and was published in twenty-two languages in 2011. It was Little, Brown/Piatkus’ ‘superlead’ title of the year, sold 40,000 copies in its first week in Italy, was no. 2 in the Dutch fiction charts and is an international bestseller. Carolyn’s second novel, The Boy Who Could See Demons (2012), explored mental health in the context and aftermath of the Northern Irish Troubles. It reached no. 6 on the Barnes & Noble Bestseller list in North America, was critically applauded by the New York Times, Boston Globe, The Guardian, and others,and an Oscar-nominated Hollywood film producer has just optioned the film rights. More information on Carolyn’s work can be found at www.carolynjesscooke.com
Elizabeth Reeder is originally from Chicago but now calls Scotland home. Her short stories and essays have been widely published in journals and anthologies and her writing is broadcast on BBC Radio 4 as stories, drama, and abridgements. Her debut novel, Ramshackle, is published by Freight Books. Her second novel, Fremont, is published by Kohl Publishing. Ramshackle was shortlisted for the 2013 Scottish Mortgage Investment Best First Book Award and the 2012 Saltire First Book Award and was longlisted for the 2013 Author’s Club Best First book. She teaches on, and is PGR convener for, Creative Writing at University of Glasgow. She is currently writing her next novel and working on a collection of lyrical essays. For more information visit her site: ekreeder.com
Zoë Strachan was born in 1975 and grew up in Kilmarnock. She gained an MLitt in Creative Writing from the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde in 1999 and is the author of Negative Space and Spin Cycle (both Picador). The former won a Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the Saltire First Book of the Year Award and longlisted for the SAC Book of the Year Award. Zoë also writes short stories, essays and journalism, and drama, stories and features for radio. Recent publications include: ‘The Secret Life of Dads’ in New Writing 15 (British Council/Granta, 2007), ‘Ever Fallen in Love?’ in Bordercrossing Berlin (Germany, 2007) and ‘Is that a Scot or am Ah Wrang?’ in The Edinburgh Companion to Contemporary Scottish Literature (EUP, 2007). She has received two SAC writers’ bursaries and a Hawthornden Fellowship, and in autumn 2006 she was UNESCO City of Literature writer-in-residence at the Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. In 2008 she was awarded the Hermann Kesten Stipendium in Nuremberg. She has taught on the Creative Writing Programme at Glasgow since 2003. Her work in progress includes a third novel, Play Dead; an interdisciplinary art collaboration, I throw my prayers into the sky; and a play, Old Girls. You can find out more at www.zoestrachan.com.
With thanks to the University of Glasgow’s Creative Writing Program for text and images.