To contact any of the contributors, please write to the Glasgow Review of Books at glasgowreview [at] gmail [dot] com.


REBECCA DEWALD is a freelance translator with a PhD in Translation Studies from the University of Glasgow. She has published articles on Jorge Luis Borges and modernist translations, questioning the maintenance of a strict distinction between original works and translations. She contributes to PEN TranslatesNew Books in German, 12 Swiss Books, Reading in Translation and the SALSA collective. Some of her literary translations have been published by the Free Word Centre and No Man’s Land, and can be found on her website.  Rebecca also organises the monthly translation meet-up Translators’ Stammtisch at the Goethe-Institut Glasgow and performs at and co-organises translation events under the moniker Found in Translation. Twitter: @DeWald_Rebecca

MARK WEST teaches at the University of Glasgow and researches the Sixties in contemporary American fiction. He completed his PhD at the University of Glasgow and is currently revising his thesis, entitled “Between Times: 21st Century American Fiction and the ‘Long Sixties’,” for publication as a monograph. He reviews books for Review31 and Gutter, and has also written for 3AM Magazine, The ListTheState, Straight off the BeachType Review (Glasgow), and DANCEHALL. He is a former editor of eSharp. Twitter: @markpeterwest


SAMUEL TONGUE‘s first pamphlet Hauling-Out was published by Eyewear in 2016. He has published poems in numerous journals and anthologies including And Other Poems, Anon 7, Be The First to Like This: New Scottish Poetry, The Best New British and Irish Poets 2016, Blackbox ManifoldCompass, Cordite (Aus.), Envoi, Gutter, The Herald, Ink, Sweat and Tears, The Interpreter’s House, The List, The Lumen, MagmaNorthwords Now, and The Scotsman. He received a Callan Gordon Award from the Scottish Book Trust in 2013 and co-edits New Writing Scotland. He lectures in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Glasgow. Twitter: @SamuelTongue


EILIDH MCCABE is a fiction writer and freelance copywriter based in Glasgow. She holds a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow, and is currently working on her first novel.


TOM WHITE lives in London. He writes on premodern literature and the history and ecology of media. Twitter: @_TomWhite_


ISABEL ADEY is a freelance translator and proofreader. She has an MA in Spanish and German from the University of Edinburgh and an MSc in Translation from Heriot-Watt University. As well as translating literature, travel writing, academic articles, nonfiction and commercial texts, she also teaches translation at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Twitter: @bellatranslates. Website:

KEVIN ADDIES is a library assistant who lives in Glasgow. He blogs about any number of things at Twitter: @kevin_addies

PETER ADKINS is a PhD candidate at the University of Kent, where he is writing a thesis on the novels of James Joyce, Virginia Woolf and Djuna Barnes in relation to questions of ecology, the nonhuman and the Anthropocene. His research interests span ecocriticism, critical theory, modernist writing, experimental fiction and animal studies. Twitter: @p_adkins87

LILIYA ALEKSANDROVA was born in Montana, Bulgaria. She has a degree in Law with Legal Studies in Europe from the University of Reading and an MPhil in European Literature and Culture from the University of Cambridge (St John’s College). She is currently studying for an MA in Translation (English and German) at the University of Vienna. She is fond of: deciphering song lyrics; foreign languages; lots and lots of black coffee; and travelling lightly.

EMILIE ANDERSON is an English and Comparative Literature student at the University of Glasgow. As a writer and illustrator, she explores new ways of merging the literary and the visual. Twitter: @emilieandersonx

A.M. BAKALAR‘s first novel Madame Mephisto was a reader nomination for the 2012 Guardian First Book Award. Her second novel Children of Our Age was published in October 2017. Her writing has appeared in The GuardianThe International New York TimesLA Review of BooksWasafiriWords Without BordersBoundless Magazine, BBC Radio among others. Asia was born and raised in Wroclaw, Poland. She lives in London.

HENRY BELL is a writer from Bristol. He lives on the Southside of Glasgow and edits Gutter Magazine. His work has appeared in New Writing Scotland, Northwords Now,  404 Ink, the Interpreters’ House and Glasgow Review of Books. You can find out more about his writing at www.henryjimbell.comTwitter: @henbell

TOM BETTERIDGE is a PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow, writing on Alain Badiou’s readings of late-modernist poetry and prose. He is the regional editor of the International Journal of Badiou Studies and has articles on Badiou, Heidegger and Paul Celan in Evental Aesthetics and forthcoming in Textual Practice. Other writings on noise and contemporary improvisation have appeared in DANCEHALL and in the accompanying literature of the Glasgow CCA’s Noise and Chaos: X/Y event. Some poetry can be found in the Edinburgh small press magazine Scree

MATTHEW BLAIDEN is studying for an M.Phil in Renaissance Literature at the University of Cambridge, based at Gonville and Caius College. His undergraduate studies were undertaken at King’s College London and, after completing the M.Phil, he hopes to pursue a PhD on Shakespeare. Aside from his academic work, Matthew is an active performing musician, playing organ recitals throughout the UK, and periodically blogs at Twitter: @mjblaiden.

WILLIAM BONAR‘s first pamphlet, Frostburn Steel, was published in 2004 by Dreadful Night Press and his poems have been published in a variety of newspapers, magazines and anthologies, including Fourfold 3 (June, 2014). He gained a distinction on the MLitt in Creative Writing at Glasgow University in 2008 and won the Jura Malt Whisky Prize at the Words Exhibition in the Mitchell Library in the same year. He was a participant on the Clydebuilt mentoring scheme (2009-10) under the tutelage of Liz Lochhead, and his poems appear in the anthology of that Clydebuilt cohort, North Light (Dreadful Night Press, 2012). His poem, Visiting Winter: A Johannesburg Quintet, originally published in Gutter 06, was chosen for the Scottish Poetry Library’s online anthology Best Scottish Poems of 2012. He is the recipient of the James Kirkup Memorial Poetry Prize for 2014 and his winning manuscript, Offering, will be published by Red Squirrel Press in Spring 2015.

MARK BRESNAN is Assistant Professor of English and Writing Coordinator at Stevenson University in Maryland. His research focuses on 21st-century American literature, and he has published essays on David Foster Wallace, Philip Roth, Jonathan Franzen, and Ben Fountain. He has a doctorate in English from the University of Iowa and has previously taught at New York University, St. Olaf College, and Marymount Manhattan. 

P.W. BRIDGMAN is a Pushcart Prize-nominated writer of poetry and short fiction. In 2018 he was one of nine participants in the intensive writing summer school program offered by the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s University, Belfast—an experience that he says was a defining one in his writing life. Bridgman’s most recent book—a selection of poems entitled A Lamb—was published by Ekstasis Editions in 2018. It was preceded in 2013 by a selection of short fiction entitled Standing at an Angle to My Age (published by Libros Libertad). His poems and stories have appeared in Grain, The Antigonish Review, Pottersfield Portfolio, The Moth Magazine, The Glasgow Review of Books, Litro UK, Litro NY, The Honest Ulsterman, The High Window, The Bangor Literary Journal, The Galway Review, Ars Medica, Poetry Salzburg Review and other literary periodicals, e-zines and anthologies. Learn more at

AMY BROMLEY is a PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow, studying the short fiction of Virginia Woolf. She also completed an undergraduate degree and MLitt in Modernities at Glasgow, where she is co-organizer of the Theory at Random reading group. She has further research interests in Surrealism, Modernity and Critical Theory, and has published work on Marcel Proust and Walter Benjamin. Twitter: @AmyBromley1990

KATIE BROWN has an unhealthy obsession with Venezuelan literature. She has recently completed a PhD on ‘The Contested Values of Literature in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela’ at King’s College London, and now teaches Spanish and Latin American culture at the University of Bristol. She runs, posting news, information about published translations and her own translations, and has also contributed to the Palabras Errantes translation project. Twitter: @katiebrown161

GRAEME MACRAE BURNET is the author of the literary crime novel The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau, and the historical crime novel, His Bloody Project: Documents Relating to the Case of Roderick Macrae, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2016. He blogs, (mostly about Simenon) here:

GERRY CAMBRIDGE‘s fifth book of poems, Notes for Lighting a Fire (HappenStance, 2013), was shortlisted for the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust’s Scottish Book of the Year 2013 award in the poetry section. A poet, critic, editor, typesetter and designer, Cambridge has edited the transatlantic poetry journal, The Dark Horse, which he also founded, since 1995.

ELENI CAY is a Slovakian-born poet living in the UK. Her poems are widely published in anthologies, poetry magazines such as Acumen, Atticus Review and Envoi, and translated into German, French and Romanian. Her award-winning collection of Slovak poems A Butterfly’s Trembling in the Digital Age was translated by John Minahane and published by Parthian Books. Her third pamphlet of English poems was published by Eyewear Publishing in December 2017. She is known for her filmpoems, dancepoems and innovative poetic combinations, featured on Button Poetry and Moving Poems.

EDMUND CHAPMAN currently teaches English Literature at the University of Manchester. His PhD thesis, ‘Afterlives: Benjamin, Derrida and Literature in Translation’ focussed on Walter Benjamin and Jacques Derrida’s theories of translation, and included chapters on Jorge Luis Borges, James Joyce and Aimé Césaire.

DEFNE ÇIZAKÇA is a writer, editor, and lecturer based in Istanbul. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow, where she worked on a historical and magically real novel about fin de siècle Κωνσταντινούπολη. This book won her the Gillian Purvis Award for New Writing, and a Helene Wurlitzer Writing Residency in New Mexico. She is currently expanding it for publication. Defne is also the editor-in-chief of Unsettling Wonder: A Journal of Folk and Fairy Tales and the co-editor of three books, Tip Tap Flat: A View from Glasgow (Freight, 2012), New Fairy Tales: Essays and Stories (Unlocking Press, 2013) and Miscellaneous: Writing Inspired by the Hunterian (The Hunterian, 2014). You can find her writing at Twitter: @defnecizakca

A C CLARKE lives in Glasgow. Her fifth collection, A Troubling Woman  (Oversteps Books), came out this year and War Baby, one of the four joint winners in the Cinnamon Press 2017 pamphlet competition, is due out next year. She is currently working on a collection about Gala Dali.

TOM COLES lives in Glasgow. He works as a postman, and blogs at Getting Worse.

SEBASTIAN CONSTANTINE is an Undergraduate at Jesus College, Cambridge, studying French, Italian and Dutch, and specialises in Linguistics, Golden Age writing, and New Wave thinking. His first collection of poetry was published in 2014, and subsequent poems have appeared in various arts journals in the UK. He spends much of his time producing, writing and translating plays (he is currently working on a new translation of Pirandello’s Enrico IV for publication) and is working on both a novel and a screenplay. At University, he is President of the Cambridge University Modern Languages Society and the University of Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra. Twitter: @SebC4.

R. A. DAVIS is a bookseller and holds an MLitt in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow.

LAURIE DONALDSON is an honours graduate of Glasgow University with a successful career in publishing. Living in Argyll, he is now a freelance writer and editor, writing on new research in nanotechnology, the environment, poetry and film, and editing books and articles on business and finance. His research interests include land reform in Scotland and the inheritance of film noir.

KARYN DOUGAN is a freelance proof reader, copy writer, editor and feature writer, and a reviewer for The List. She runs a creative project called Let’s Talk Scotland in association with the Scottish Association for Mental Health, and will be appearing in a Radio Scotland show in 2014 discussing mental health. She is a graduate of the University of Stirling’s English Studies program and works as a subtitler for Red Bee Media.

MARTA DZIUROSZ is a Polish <> English literary translator and interpreter, literary curator and Free Word Centre’s Translator in Residence 2015-2016. While in residence she organised a rich programme of innovative events, commissioned and provided online content and worked with universities and schools. She also works for the publishing house Pan Macmillan, is a member of the Translators Association and a Free Word Associate. She has worked with or consulted for organisations such as the British Council, European Literature Network, London Book Fair, Lancaster University, Writing West Midlands, New Writing North, British Society of Perfumers, University of Silesia and others. Her writing and translations have been published by numerous publications including Words Without Borders, New Statesman, PEN Atlas, In Other Words, The Linguist, For Books’ Sake and Asymptote. She tweets at @MartaDziurosz

DAN ELTRINGHAM is working towards an AHRC-supported PhD at Birkbeck College, University of London, on William Wordsworth, J. H. Prynne, pastoral and the commons. He has published on R. F. Langley and Sean Bonney, with a book chapter forthcoming on Peter Riley and a commentary on Peter Larkin. His poetry and translations have appeared in Blackbox Manifold, The Goose: a Journal of Arts, Environment and Culture in Canada, The Clearing, Intercapillary Space, Alba Londres 6: Contemporary Mexican Poetry and Scabs are Rats Zine 4, as well as in two pamphlets, Mystics and Ithaca. He is working on his first full-length poetry collection, and co-edits Girasol Press and The Literateur.

ALEXANDER FREER is a PhD student at the Faculty of English, University of Cambridge, writing a dissertation on human and poetic development in Wordsworth. More generally, he writes about poetry, psychoanalysis, philosophy and 18th and 19th century aesthetics. You can follow his blog here. He is also a member of the university powerlifting team.

ALEX FLEMING translates contemporary literature and drama from Swedish and Russian. Her translations include works by Maxim Osipov, Ilya Chlaki, Alexei Slapovsky and Cilla Naumann. Having previously lived in Stockholm, Uppsala and Moscow, she is currently based in London. Twitter: @dapplyappley.

CALUM GARDNER is originally from Glasgow and is currently a PhD student at Cardiff University, working on the early reception of Roland Barthes in English-language literature. Calum has had writing on Barthes published in the Cambridge Humanities Review and poems in the journal Aufgabe. Other research interests include avant-garde poetry, the theory of metaphor, and the literary reception of Ludwig Wittgenstein. He is the editor of the poetry journal ZARF.

KYLIE GRANT is a writer, reviewer, gender studies student and library assistant based in Glasgow. She is currently working on her debut novel which was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize 2011. She likes the feel of the ocean and being caught in the rain, however she is indifferent to Pina Coladas.

STEPHANIE GREEN is Irish/English, educated at Trinity College, Dublin, has an M.A. in Modernism in English Literature and Fine Art from Kent University and an MPhil in Creative Writing from Glasgow University, 2004.  Her pamphlet, Flout, will be published by HappenStance in 2015. Her novel for teenagers The Triple Spiral was published by Walker Books (1989) and she has had several drama scripts broadcast on BBC Schools. She has taught at all levels, most recently at the Office of Lifelong Learning, Edinburgh University, but also works as a freelance journalist and drama reviewer. Since 2000, she has lived in Edinburgh with her husband and their son.

LISA GUIDARINI is a freelance writer living near Edinburgh, with bylines in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Review of Books and New York Journal of Books, among other publications. A voting member for the National Book Critics Circle Awards, she is past judge of the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) in the category of literary fiction. An editor, writing workshop instructor and former librarian, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Dominican University (River Forest, Illinois), as well as a Master of Science degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Twitter: @Bluestalking

DELAINA HASLAM is a translator, editor, and writer. She translates from French and Spanish, specialising in sociological and literary texts. She’s interested in collaborative translation and has been the invited translator at Poetry Translation Centre workshops (translating francophone African poetry), had a submission accepted for Newcastle University’s Poettrios Experiment, and performed collaborative translation at Sheffield’s Wordlife open mic night. She translated a short story for the Bogotá39 anthology to be published by Oneworld in May 2018. Twitter: @DelainaHaslam

OWEN HOLLAND is completing a PhD thesis on William Morris’s utopianism in the English Faculty at the University of Cambridge. He has had articles and book reviews published in the New Theatre QuarterlyStudies in Social and Political Thought, the Journal of Victorian Culture and the Victorian Network journal.

HANNAH VAN HOVE is currently completing a PhD on British avant-garde fiction at the University of Glasgow.

IAN HUNTER is a children’s writer, short story writer and poet, and his poems have appeared in magazines in the UK, USA and Canada, more recently in PhobosUrban Fantasist and Star*Line. He is a director of the Scottish writers collective “Read Raw”, as well as being a member of the Glasgow SF Writers Circle and is poetry editor for the British Fantasy Society’s Journal.

AILSA HUTTON is a PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow where her thesis is on topographical practice and picture-making in Scotland in the long eighteenth century. Her interests include travel writing, antiquarianism and the graphic arts.

ELLEN JONES is Criticism Editor at Asymptote and a doctoral researcher at Queen Mary University of London. Her translations from Spanish into English have appeared in the Guardian, Asymptote, Palabras errantes, and Columbia Journal. Her translations of poems by Enrique Winter are forthcoming in Suns from Cardboard House Press.  

EILIDH KANE has recently completed her PhD in English Literature and Theatre Studies. Her research interests include early modern authorship and collaboration, particularly co-writing, performance, printing and reading. Twitter: @eilidhkane

JOE KENNEDY is a writer and lecturer based in London. He has taught English and cultural theory at the Universities of East Anglia, Portsmouth, Brighton and Chichester, and his writing on music, literature and sport has appeared in publications such as the QuietusThe Times Literary Supplement and When Saturday Comes.

HENRY KING holds a PhD from the University of Glasgow. His poems and criticism have appeared in PN Review and elsewhere; he blogs at Between Sound and Sense.

ANNE KNIGGENDORF is a freelance writer near Kansas City, Kansas, and is a regular contributor to the Kansas City Star.  Her work has been published by the Smithsonian Magazine, the Saturday Evening Post, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Chicago Review of Books, and Bluestem Magazine.  She is a graduate of St. John’s College, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and has a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Media Arts from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  She is also a United States Navy veteran. Her website is:

STEVE KOMARNYCKYJ is a poet, literary translator and co-director of Kalyna Language Press along with Susie Speight, who acts as editor, financial director, and resident artist. Twitter: @SteveKomarnycky

CHRIS LAW is currently engaged in preparatory work for a PhD project on the topic of interpretation in Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari. He studied English Literature at the University of Glasgow and holds an MA in Aesthetics and Art Theory from the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University. Chris is from Glasgow but lives in London; some reviews and shorter pieces of writing can be found at his blog Open Boxes & Sealed Vessels.

ANDREW LEES is a Professor of Neurology at University College London and the author of Ray of Hope, the Ray Kennedy Biography, The Hurricane Port: a Social History of Liverpool, Alzheimers: the Silent Plague and Mentored by a Madman: The William Burroughs Experiment.

KATE LEWIS HOOD recently completed a research masters on contemporary women’s poetry and the Anthropocene at the University of Edinburgh. She is currently based in the Midlands. She is a founding editor of CUMULUS, a small print journal of experimental poetry, and amberflora, an online magazine for eco and world poetry, and her own poems have recently appeared in Zarf and DATABLEED. Twitter: @katyslh.

CHIN LI, born and brought up in Hong Kong but now living in Scotland, has published short fiction and other work in ConfluenceGlasgow Review of BooksGnommeroGutterInk Sweat & TearsLitro and MAP, and has turned some writings into audio or live performance pieces, the most recent of which is an audio short story, “The Feather and the Hand”, broadcast by the Glasgow-based art radio station Radiophrenia at 9.30 am on 20th May 2019.

LIN LI was employed as a researcher at Glasgow University and Dundee University for many years before changing her vocation to fine art. Moving image and sound are the core elements in her creative practice.  Her videos have been screened in various festivals in the UK and internationally.

MATT MACDONALD is a poet, producer and reviewer. His debut full length collection is due out from Red Squirrel Press in November 2017. He will be taking his sixth show Matt Macdonald: Period Drama to the Edinburgh Fringe in August 2017. @MattMacPoet.

LYN MARVEN is Senior Lecturer in German at the University of Liverpool, and a translator of modern German literature. Her translations include Long Days (Comma Press, 2008) and Berlin Tales (OUP, 2009), and she has published widely on contemporary German literature with a particular focus on Nobel Laureate Herta Müller, and Berlin literature. Twitter: @lynmarven

RICHIE McCAFFERY is the author of two pamphlets (Spinning Plates from HappenStance Press and the 2014 Callum Macdonald Memorial prize runner up, Ballast Flint). His recent collection Cairn is published by Nine Arches Press. He recently completed a PhD in Scottish Literature (The Scottish poets of World War Two) at The University of Glasgow. He is the editor of Finishing the Picture: The Collected Poems of Ian Abbot(Kennedy and Boyd, 2015) and is working on his third poetry pamphlet, due out in 2017. 

SHONA McCOMBES is a writer, editor and perpetual student from Glasgow, currently based in the Netherlands. She holds an MLitt in Modernities from the University of Glasgow, and is finishing an MA in Gender Studies taught jointly between the Central European University and Utrecht University. Her fiction and essays have appeared in 3:AM MagazineGorse, and Inquire Journal of Comparative Literature, among others. She writes occasionally at and tweets sporadically @shonamccombes.

MORAG McDOWELL-SMITH is a European Scot, works in access and education and is also a short story writer and poet. Her work has appeared in print and online in various publications and anthologies, including New Writing Scotland, Shoe Fly Baby (Bloomsbury), Nitrogen House and The Wild Word

GERARD McKEEVER is a writer and academic based in Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway. He is currently publishing a series of short stories, while writing a novel set on the Solway coast (see Gerard is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Glasgow, where he completed a PhD in English Literature in 2014. He publishes a variety of research on the subject of Scottish Romanticism. Twitter: @gmckeeverwriter

CALLUM MCSORLEY is a writer based in Aberdeenshire. He graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 2013 with a degree in English, Journalism & Creative Writing, and in 2014 was selected for the Hermann Kesten Writing Scholarship in Nuremberg. His short stories have appeared in several journals and anthologies, including Gutter, and he writes book reviews for British Fantasy Award-nominated (2018) sci-fi magazine Shoreline of Infinity.

STEVE MENTZ teaches literature at St. John’s University in New York City. His ecocritical work in the “blue humanities” can be found in Shipwreck Modernity: Ecologies of Globalization, 1550-1719 (2015), At the Bottom of Shakespeare’s Ocean (2009), and various articles. Creative and critical poetry and essays can be found in the open-source collection, Oceanic New York (2015) and his blog, The Bookfish. He tweets at @stevermentz.

LAURA MUETZELFELDT is a teacher, writer and silversmith who lives in Glasgow. She has been published in journals such as The International Literary Quarterly, Bandit Fiction, Foxglove Journal, and Ink, Sweat and Tears. Her story, ‘Anna on the Wing’, was highly commended in The Federation of Writers Scotland Competition and her story, ‘Sunbeams’ received an honourable mention in the Momaya Short Story Competition 2018. She also writes features and reviews for The List magazine.

MARK MULHOLLAND is the author of the acclaimed novel A Mad and Wonderful Thing. His short fiction has been published in the USA, Canada, the UK, Australia, France, Ireland, and India. Visit his website here. Visit his website here.

ROBIN MUNBY is a freelance translator based in Madrid. After graduating in Modern Languages from the University of Sheffield, he moved to Tashkent, Uzbekistan, before returning to the UK to complete his Masters in Translation Studies at the University of Glasgow. He wrote his dissertation on postcolonial theory and the translation of Central Asian Russophone literature. His other interests include Basque literature in translation and Cuban-Soviet fiction. Twitter: @RobMunb

HELEN VICTORIA MURRAY is a writer, poet and critic. She is currently working towards an MRes at the University of Glasgow, focusing on the Pre-Raphaelite influence in Neo-Victorian literature and culture. Helen’s writing appears in several journals, including L’Éphémère ReviewThe Rising Phoenix ReviewAloud Magazine, and The Bohemyth. She can also be found at Twitter: @HelenVMurray

PATRICK J. MURRAY is a researcher at the University of Glasgow specialising in early modern studies. He has  written and published on a variety of topics, including the drama and Christopher Marlowe and teaching geography in the early seventeenth-century classroom.

KRISTINE ONG MUSLIM is the author of nine books, including the fiction collections Age of Blight (Unnamed Press, 2016), Butterfly Dream (Snuggly Books, 2016), and The Drone Outside (Eibonvale Press, 2017), as well as the poetry collections Lifeboat (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2015), Meditations of a Beast (Cornerstone Press, 2016), and Black Arcadia (University of the Philippines Press, 2017). She is editor of two anthologies: with Nalo Hopkinson for the British Fantasy Award-winning People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction, and with Paolo Enrico Melendez and Mia Tijam for Sigwa: Climate Fiction Anthology from the Philippines (Polytechnic University of the Philippines Press, forthcoming 2019). Her short stories have appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Tin House, and World Literature Today. She grew up and continues to live in a rural town in southern Philippines. Twitter: @kristinemuslim

SIMON NAGEL is a screenwriter living in Edinburgh. A graduate of the American Film Institute, Simon has written and developed content for CNBC, Electus, Eli Roth’s Crypt TV, Toei Animation Japan, White Horse Pictures, and Indigenous Media. His short fiction has appeared in Flash Fiction Magazine and The Avalon Literary Review. You can read more of Simon’s work at

MICHAEL O’BRIEN is a Secondary English Teacher and Tutor who completed an MA in English Literature at Aberdeen followed by a PGDE Secondary at Strathclyde University. He soon after attended the University of Nantes in France to gain a diploma in French Language and Literature. Michael now studies at the University of Glasgow and is working towards a PhD in English Literature. He has published on Aldous Huxley, Michel Foucault and Slajov Žižek. Recently he organised a conference on Publishing in Scotland at the University of Glasgow and is currently serving as an Editor with eSharp. His pastimes are running and weight-training. Twitter: @arbitraire

EDWARD O’DWYER is a poet and fiction writer from Limerick, Ireland. His most recent book is Cheat Sheets (Truth Serum Press, 2018), which consists of 108 darkly comic stories of infidelity. His debut poetry collection, The Rain on Cruise’s Street (Salmon Poetry, 2014) was Highly Commended in the Forward Prizes and work from it featured in The Forward Book of Poetry 2015. ‘The Whole History of Dancing’, from his most recent poetry collection, Bad News, Good News, Bad News (Salmon Poetry, 2017), won the Eigse Micheal Hartnett Festival 2018 ‘Best Single Poem’ Award. His work has been nominated regularly for Pushcart, Forward and Best of the Web prizes. He is currently working on a sequel to Cheat Sheets, and a third collection of poems, Exquisite Prisons, is due in early 2020.

TIMOTHY OGENE is the author of The Day Ends Like Any Day (2017). Twitter: @timothyogene 

DANIEL O’GORMAN recently completed a PhD in post-9/11 fiction and critical theory in the Department of English at Royal Holloway, University of London and has taught English Literature, Creative Writing, and Visual and Material Culture at Buckinghamshire New University. He is a co-convenor of the Literary and Critical Theory Seminar at the Institute of English Studies, University of London, and contributes to the open-access journal of 21st Century Writing, Alluvium. Twitter: @danog85

AILSA PEATE is a a doctoral researcher in the department of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Liverpool. Her research focuses on detective fiction from post-Soviet Cuba and post-NAFTA Mexico, and investigates the representation of bodies and sexualities in texts which challenge the generic archetype. She received the 2016 Harold Blakemore prize for her work on Leonardo Padura’s novel Máscaras, and is co-editor of the forthcoming book Latin American Crime Scenes.She works as a research assistant at the Institute of Cultural Capital (investigating cultural legacy) and at the University of Liverpool (researching museum policy in Argentina and Chile); as such she is currently developing her research interests in rape discourse in Mexican museum exhibitions. Twitter: @ailsapeate

DARRYL PEERS studies English Literature at the University of Aberdeen. He also works as a trainer in the technology industry. He is an active writer of short fiction and creative non-fiction and is also working on his first novel. He won the Non-Fiction Commendation in the 2017 Literary Lights Prize, run by the Grassic Gibbon Centre, for his essay ‘Mither Tap’. It is available to read here. Darryl grew up and was schooled in rural Aberdeenshire but moved to central Aberdeen at the age of 19, and later to Manchester in England. He returned to Aberdeen in 2016 for his studies.

ALYCIA PIRMOHAMED is a Canadian-born poet living in Scotland. She received an MFA from the University of Oregon, and is a current PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, where she is studying poetry written by second-generation immigrants. She is the author of the chapbook Faces that Fled the Wind, which was selected by Camille Rankine for the 2018 BOAAT Press Chapbook Prize. Her next chapbook, Hinge, is forthcoming with Ignition press in 2020.

TOM POW has worked as a translator/facilitator for Literature Across Frontiers, twice in Bratislava, and for Reel Festivals (now Highlight Arts) in Beirut. Recolectores de Nueces, a selection of poems translated by Jorge Fondebrider, was recently published by La Joplin, Mexico City. He is currently working with The Galloway Agreement on a word and music show, The Village and The Road, and on a project, The Year of Conversation 2019, for which he has development funding from Creative Scotland.

XENOBE PURVIS read English Literature at Oxford University, and has an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway. She is a freelance writer and researcher, currently assisting in the preparation of a volume of Christopher Isherwood’s selected letters.

GRAHAM RIACH is currently complething his PhD on the contemporary South African short story at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He works as a translator of French and Japanese, composes music for films, and writes for publications including The JunketTwitter: @GrahamRiach

NAOMI RICHARDS is doing a PhD in Creative Writing at Lancaster University.  She studied English Literature at Glasgow University and later completed a Master of Creative Writing at Auckland University, New Zealand, passing with Distinction in 2011. Since then she has had twelve short stories published in literary journals and one short story broadcast on National Radio. Her work can be found in journals such as Structo and Push and on her website Naomi also blogs on creativity at the University of Stirling’s site The Gothic Imagination

FIONA RINTOUL is a writer, journalist and translator based in Glasgow. Her first novel, The Leipzig Affair, was published on 10 November 2014 by Aurora Metro Books. Outside Verdun, her new translation of Arnold Zweig’s first world war classic Erziehung vor Verdun, was published in May 2014 by Freight Books.

CALUM RODGER is a poet and PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow working on the poetics of Scottish revolutionary Ian Hamilton Finlay. He is a Hunterian Associate and edited the scholarly book review The Kelvingrove Review. He runs regular poetry night The Verse Hearse, with Stewart Sanderson, and blogs at All Real Culture is Free. Twitter: @weecalrobot

ANDREW RUBENS is writing a PhD on French-Romanian poet and philosopher Benjamin Fondane. Although based at the University of Glasgow, he spends much of his time in Paris. He is also a translator; forthcoming translations include works of Fondane’s, an essay by Jean-Luc Marion and a book on Jean Genet. He is a former editor of eSharp.

STEWART SANDERSON was born in Glasgow in 1990. Widely published in prominent UK and Irish magazines, in 2014 he was shortlisted for the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award and in 2015 he received an Eric Gregory Award. His debut pamphlet Fios is published by Tapsalteerie.

KEVIN L. SCHWARTZ is a writer and scholar living in Washington, DC. He is currently a Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress. His website is

RORY SCOTHORNE works as a researcher and campaigns organiser in Edinburgh, and will shortly begin a PhD at the University of Edinburgh studying the relationship between nationalism and the radical left in modern Scotland. His first book, co-authored with Cailean Gallagher and Amy Westwell, is titled Roch Winds: A Treacherous Guide To The State of Scotland (Luath, 2016). Rory, Cailean and Amy write together as the Roch Winds Collective at their blog. Rory tweets as @shirkerism

JESSICA SEQUEIRA is a writer and translator. She has published essays, stories and translations in the Boston Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin AmericaModern Poetry in Translation, BerfroisLitro Magazine, Palabras Errantes, The Missing Slate, Ventana Latina and other publications. Twitter: @jess_sequeira

MORAG MCDOWELL-SMITH is a European Scot, works in access and education and is also a short story writer and poet. Her work has appeared in print and online in various publications and anthologies, including New Writing Scotland, Shoe Fly Baby (Bloomsbury), Nitrogen House and The Wild Word

SAM SOLNICK recently completed a PhD on the relationship between contemporary poetry and the life sciences at Queen Mary, University of London, where he also teaches. He writes regularly for the Times Literary Supplement and is a contributing editor for the arts and politics quarterly The White Review.

LEELA SOMA is an Indo-Scot writer living in Glasgow. She was commissioned to write a short story for Glasgow Women’s Library’s 21 Revolutions anthology and for Butterfly Rammy by Common Space. She has read at the Edinburgh Fringe. One of her short stories was published in The Scotsman newspaper.

SARAH SPENCE is a PhD researcher at the University of Glasgow, specialising in the Medical Humanities. Her current project examines stigmatised health issues (mental illness, drug addiction, obesity) in contemporary Scottish fiction. She writes poetry, short fiction and nonfiction and is an editor for literary journal From Glasgow to Saturn. She often writes about illness, science, history and animals, and tweets @_sspence.

CAITLIN STOBIE is a PhD candidate at the University of Leeds, where she is co-founder of the Leeds Animal Studies Network. Her research interests include posthumanism, new materialism, ecocriticism, and the interstices between literature and biology. She has been shortlisted for the Raedleaf International Poetry Prize (2016) and the Melita Hume Poetry Prize (2017), and several of her poems featured in the 2017 ASLE-UKI exhibition In the Open. Twitter: @caitlinstobie

ANNE STOKES teaches in Translation Studies at The University of Stirling. She is a literary translator of German fiction and non-fiction and recently translated a selection of poems by the (East) German poet Sarah Kirsch entitled Ice Roses (Carcanet, 2014). 

A. W. STROUSE studies medieval literature in the English doctoral program at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center and teaches at Hunter College. His poems, stories, and articles have appeared in various publications. He is the cofounder and curator of Ferro Strouse Gallery. His website is Twitter: @AWStrouse

RACHEL SYKES is a Lecturer in Contemporary American Literature at the University of Birmingham. Her first book, The Quiet Contemporary American Novel, is forthcoming with Manchester University Press and she has written and reviewed for The Independent, LSE Review of Books, U.S. Studies Online, Review 31, The Toast, and This Recording.

ANIKÓ SZILÁGYI is studying for a PhD in Translation Studies at Glasgow where she is translating a 1967 pseudo-children’s novel by Translyvanian-Hungarian author György Méhes. Anikó has published essays in Groundings and eSharp, and is currently co-editing a collection of essays on practice as research to be published with Cambridge Scholars. She also co-edits the University of Glasgow’s monthly Translation Studies newsletter, and is the founder and coordinator of the Glasgow University Translation Studies Postgraduate Research Network. Anikó was an invited speaker at the 2013 European Literature Night in Edinburgh, where she talked about her recently published Hungarian translation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

JACQUELINE THOMPSON is from Arbroath, and recently completed a Creative Writing PhD at the University of Edinburgh. She has reviewed for The ScotsmanThe SkinnyThe Bottle Imp and The Literateur, and her poems have appeared in The Scotsman, New Writing Scotland, Gutter and Poetry Ireland Review.

BECKY VARLEY-WINTER completed her PhD, titled Reading Fragments and Fragmentation: Stéphane Mallarmé, Mina Loy, Hope Mirrlees, at Cambridge in 2014. In 2015–16 she will be a stipendiary lecturer in English at Keble College, Oxford. Her research interests include literary fragments, femininity, translation, and visual culture. Rebecca is also a poet, a reviewer for various publications, and Poetry Reviews Editor at Sabotage Reviews. Twitter: @RVarleyWinter

LAURA WADDELL lives in Glasgow and works as Digital Marketing Executive at independent publisher Freight Books, as well as for Gutter Magazine. She is a graduate of the University of Glasgow and holds an M.Litt in Modernities, with a research focus on William Carlos Williams. She is a member of writers’ collective 26. Alongside reviews, she writes a book column for women’s collective/zine TYCI, social and political articles for numerous publications, and short fiction. Twitter: @lauraewaddell Twitter: @lauraewaddell

CLARE WALKER GORE is a PhD candidate at Selwyn College, Cambridge, and has recently handed in her thesis, Plotting Disability: Physical Difference, Characterisation and the Form of the Novel, 1837-1907. Her particular research interests are in disability history and women’s writing. She has published in Nineteenth-Century Contexts, Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies and in Women: A Cultural Review, contributed to the edited collection Queer Victorian Families, and is currently one of the BBC ‘New Generation Thinkersfor 2015-2016. You can find out more about Clare’s research on her page, and she can be found on twitter @CHWGore.

VICTORIA WANG is a cancer research PhD student at UCL/The Francis Crick Institute in London. She also makes time to read and sell books, and write about science and fiction. Twitter @vwang93

LYNNDA WARDLE studied English and Comparative Literature at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. In 2007 she received a Scottish Arts Council new writer’s grant and has had poems, stories and essays published in various magazines, including thi wurd and Gutter. She is the Project Manager for Interfaith Glasgow’s Weekend Club project for New Scots. More of her writing can be found on her website at Twitter: @lynndawardle5

STEPHEN WATT is a poet and performer from Dumbarton whose debut poetry collection Spit was published by Bonacia in 2012. Described by Milton Keynes Poet Laureate Mark Neil as “an exciting new voice on the scene”, Stephen has won the Poetry Rivals slam, StAnza Digital Poetry slam, the Tartan Treasures award, and the Hughie Healy Memorial trophy. He has also appeared at a fringe show for the Cuirt International Literature Festival in Galway, Ireland. Twitter: @stephenwattspit

ANDREW WELLS has had poems published in Lighthouse, Bare Fiction, 3:AM Magazine, & others. He edits HVTN, studies at UEA, and tweets @jefwingersapple.

CASPAR J. WILSON is a Glasgow University graduate with an MA in History and Classics and a nocturnal painting habit at Glasgow School of Art. He writes fiction, poetry, and about the lit/art scene. Twitter: @casparjwilson.

ANDY WIMBUSH is a teacher and researcher based in London. He holds a PhD in English from the University of Cambridge, and has written for London Fictions, Curiocity, The Journal of Beckett Studies, and Literature and Theology. Twitter: @AndyWimbush

SAM WISEMAN is a visiting lecturer in English Literature at the University of Potsdam and the University of Erfurt. His first book, The Reimagining of Place in English Modernism, was recently published by Clemson University Press. He also works as a tour guide in Berlin. Twitter: @SamAlexWiseman

KIRSTI WISHART gained a Ph.d in Scottish Literature at the University of St. Andrews many years ago and has been recovering in Edinburgh ever since. She was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship in 2013 and this year is one of seven finalists in the Scottish Arts Club Short Story Awards. Her stories can be found in The Seven Wonders of Scotland anthology, New Writing Scotland, 404 Ink, The Evergreen and a quiet grove in Edinburgh’s Botanic Gardens courtesy of the Echoes of the City project. Say hello @KirstiW

DANIEL DAVIS WOOD is a novelist and essayist based in Birmingham. His début novel, Blood and Bone, won the 2014 Viva La Novella Prize, and his literary criticism has been shortlisted for the Observer/Anthony Burgess Foundation Prize for Arts Journalism and a Sydney Review of Books Emerging Critics Fellowship. He currently edits and writes for Splice (, a small press and online review of adventurous, unconventional literature.

DONNA RUTHERFORD is originally from Scotland, but has lived in England, Canada and New Zealand over the past 15 years. As a mother of four and a migrant far from home, her writing is inspired by the bonds of family and connection to a homeland. Her first two novels were written under the pen name Ruthie Morgan. She recently signed with Westwood Creative Literary Agency who are seeking a publisher for her most recent novel, From Where We Came.