Dr Timothy Ashby has held two Top Secret security clearances and served as a senior government official, lawyer and international businessman. A graduate of the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, he is the author of five books, including the hardcover non-fiction work The Bear in the Back Yard: Moscow’s Caribbean Strategy and over 100 articles on history and international relations in Harvard International Review, RUSI Journal, US Naval Institute Proceedings, and Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research, 1984. He also published three historical mystery novels – Time Fall, Devil’s Den and In Shadowland.
Alhierd Bacharevič was born in Minsk in 1975. He is an author of several novels and collections of short stories and essays. His 900-page novel Dogs of Europe received the Book of the Year prize, the independent Reader’s Prize and the second Jerzy Gedroyc Prize in Belarus. His books have been translated into German, French, Polish and Russian. His novel ‘Alindarka’s Children’ has won the PEN Translates award for the translation of the book.
Kay Carmichael was born in 1925 and died in 2009. After an impoverished upbringing in Glasgow’s East End, she became a social worker, university teacher, wife of an MP, a member of the Scottish Office Advisory Committee for setting up Children’s Panels, a peace activist (for which she was imprisoned), and an advisor for Harold Wilson’s policy Unit at No. 10 Downing Street. It takes a Lifetime to Become Yourself is published by Scotland Street Press.
Roger Chisholm was a consultant radiologist in a Manchester teaching hospital. A one-time passionate mountaineer, after being diagnosed with MS, he re-channeled his love of wild places and adventure into offshore sailing. He passed away in 2018 after his book Don't Look Down was published.
Ailie Cleghorn is professor emerita from Concordia University in Montreal. As a comparative sociologist of education her research took her to several African still-developing primary and pre-primary school settings. As a result, this neatly ties in with Marjorie’s story, who herself trained as a Montessori teacher. Ailie was born and raised in Canada, however, her mother was from Scotland. Marjorie’s Journey: On A Mission Of Her Own is her first book published with Scotland Street Press.
Stewart Conn was Edinburgh’s Makar from 2002 to 2005. His publications include An Ear to the Ground (Poetry Book Society Choice), The Breakfast Room (2011 Scottish Poetry Book of the Year) and a new and selected volume, The Touch of Time (Bloodaxe Books). He published Aspects of Edinburgh with Scotland Street Press.
Christina Findlay was born in 1972 and died at the age of 21 in 1994. In her short life she made hundreds of paintings, 200 of which were exhibited, and did drawings for three books. Apart from a year at Central St Martin’s College of Art in London, she lived and painted in the Highlands of Scotland.
Olivia Findlay was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1973. She lived in Jo’burg and made her mark in the fashion industry in the country. Her first collection of poetry, A Song to Keep, explores themes of loss and longing, belonging and placelessness. The poems are pierced with fierce hope, faith in redemption, and a determination that we should all belong, which perhaps only the truly dispossessed can give voice to.
Jean Findlay is the author of Chasing Lost Time – the Life of CK Scott Moncrieff, Soldier, Spy and Translator published in 2014 by Chatto and Windus, London, and by FSG, New York. The Queen's Lender was awarded the Hawthornden Fellowship 2018 and Lavigny International Writer’s Fellowship 2019.
Dr Bashabi Fraser, CBE is an award winning poet, Professor Emerita of English and Creative Writing, Director of the Scottish Centre of Tagore Studies (ScoTs), Editor-in-Chief at Gitanjali and Beyond, Honorary Fellow for the Centre for South Asian Studies at the University of Edinburgh and declared an ‘Outstanding Women of Scotland’ by Saltire Society in 2015.
John D. O. Fulton was born and brought up in Edinburgh. He is a lawyer with a life-long interest and curiosity in the interaction between people and events. His practice developed an international client base through regular visits to Hong Kong, Singapore and China over twenty five years. Amongst appointments he has held are: Treasurer of the Society of Writers to Her Majesty’s Signet, Chair of the Clark Foundation for Legal Education and a Director of Asian Growth Properties, Hong Kong. For twenty-seven years he worked in the building at No.66 Queen Street, Edinburgh, which has become the source of inspiration for his first publication, 66: The House That Viewed The World. He has four adult children and lives with his partner in Edinburgh’s New Town.
Anthony Gardner is an Irish author and journalist based in London. He was the founding editor of the Royal Society of Literature’s magazine RSL and has written for a wide variety of magazines and newspapers, including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Irish Times and Slightly Foxed. Fox is his first novel published with Scotland Street Press.
James (Jamie) Jauncey is a Scottish author and great-great-nephew of Don Roberto. He has published five novels and has contributed to several non-fiction titles. He is a co-founder of Dark Angels, the Creative Writing for Business programme, and served for many years on the board of the Edinburgh International Book Festival. He is also a musician.
Andreea Lichi is from Bacău, Romania. When she was thirteen, her spine was broken and her spinal cord severed. She is now a psychology student, the author of Porcelain Soul and a model for Atipic Beauty, a fashion enterprise celebrating the diverse forms of beauty in those with disabilities. Scotland Street Press is proud to release the translation of this story from Romanian into English.
Hamish MacDonald was the first skriver at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh and his poems reflect his own lifelong love of birds. Scots is the medium throughout. As Alexander Wilson was not only a self-taught ornithologist, but also at one time a minor Scots poet and an orator who delivered his speeches in Scots verse, this makes Scots an apposite medium with which to explore these beautiful drawings.
Liz MacWhirter is an award-winning copywriter and author. Black Snow Falling was published by Scotland Street Press (2018) and was nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal. She is writing her next historical novel, her debut for adults, in the context of a creative practice PhD at the University of Glasgow.
Ross Macfarlane QC is a Supreme Courts lawyer based in Edinburgh, Scotland. His articles and short fiction have featured in national newspapers including The Guardian, The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday. Ross’s short story Charles Dickens and the Tale of Ebenezer…Scroggie was chosen as the featured work of The Dickens Fellowship in 2017. His first full-length novel, Edward Kane and the Parlour Maid Murderer, was published by us in November 2020.
A professional gardener for 37 years, Graham Martin began at Kelsey Park, Beckenham in 1964, studying day-release at the Kent College of Horticulture. At the same time he had a long career in athletics as a club and county distance runner. In 1991 he graduated in American Studies at the University of Aberystwyth in Wales. He now lives near Selkirk in Scotland and lectures on Henry Eckford.
Mona McLeod was born in Liverpool in 1922. She never went back after her five years in the Land Army in Scotland. A history graduate, she taught in Edinburgh schools before becoming a freelance lecturer on aspects of Scottish culture. Her publications include Agents of Change: Scots in Poland, 1800–1918 based on family papers. It has been translated into Polish and published in Warsaw. Scotland Street Press published her memoir, A Land Girl’s Tale, in 2017.
Patience Moberly married the British Ambassador to Iraq under Saddam Hussein. John and Patience Moberly were responsible for starting and training the first Intensive Care Unit in Gaza, and were founding members of Medical Aid for Palestinians. Any proceeds from her book published with Scotland Street Press, Glimpses of the Middle East, will go to that charity.
Rupert Wolfe Murray is an author and journalist who lived in Tibet in the 1980s. He has renovated orphanages in Romania and worked for aid agencies in Bosnia and Kosovo. He currently contributes to the Huffington Post, and has been published in Time Magazine, The Economist, The Guardian and The Scotsman.
Traci O’Dea is an American poet living in Jersey, UK where she is currently composing a novel in verse and a collection of verse monologues. Her poetry has appeared in the following places: BBC Radio Jersey, Poetry, cellpoems, Literary Matters, The Hopkins Review, The Jersey Evening Post, Jersey Arts Centre, Jersey Library, Goethe Institut, and elsewhere. O'Dea is a poetry editor for the literary journals Smartish Pace and MOKO: Caribbean Arts & Letters, and in 2021 Scotland Street Press published her recent collection, Restricted Movement, for which she received a Seed Funding Grant from Arthouse Jersey.
C. F. Peterson grew up on a croft in the West Highlands of Scotland and on a housing scheme in East Lothian. In his twenties he studied at Edinburgh University and Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, then worked in performance art, children’s television and theatre production with young offenders and the homeless. After moving to South Africa he produced theatre with children living on the streets of Johannesburg and taught science in a secondary school. He returned to Scotland to pursue a career in research Chemistry at Edinburgh, but gave up his PhD to move to the Highlands with his young family and run a sawmill and build houses. His first novel, Errant Blood, a thriller set in and around the Highland village of Duncul, led to critical comparisons with both John Buchan and Iain Banks and was longlisted for the People’s Book Prize 2019.
Brought up in post-industrial Lanarkshire, Petra Reid studied Law at Edinburgh University and worked as a solicitor in general practice, and more recently as a welfare rights adviser. She studied Fine Art while raising a family and developed her interest in poetry through Dada. She has wandered the east coast of Scotland with a west coast accent for forty years. This is her only qualification for feeding other authors’ works through the mincer of Scots, or at least her version of what may, after all, be a dialect without army or navy.
Jenny Robertson studied Polish at Glasgow University and spent a post-graduate year in Warsaw where she continued her exploration of Polish life and culture. Ghetto, a collection of poems, was read at the Edinburgh Book Festival. Jenny pursued the theme of the Warsaw Ghetto in Don’t go to Uncle’s Wedding . She writes for the Holocaust Journal, PRISM . Her Biography, From Corsets to Communism, was published by Scotland Street Press in May 2019.
Dilys Rose was born and brought up in Glasgow but Edinburgh has been her home for many years. She has published three novels, five collections of stories and four of poetry, including one for young children. Her abiding interest in creative collaboration has led to, amongst other things, a song cycle, Watching Over You (2015), an opera libretto, Kaspar Hauser, Child of Europe (2010), and various collaborative publications including:Twinset, poems by Dilys Rose and Karen Knight with artwork by Polly Thelwall and Laurie Hastings (Knucker Press, 2008), and Once upon our time: new portrait miniatures: paintings by Moyna Flannigan and fictional cameos by Dilys Rose (National Galleries of Scotland Publications, 2004).
For nearly twenty years she taught creative writing at the Universities of Glasgow, Strathclyde and Edinburgh and is currently a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Glasgow. Alongside writing, she has been developing her visual art practice. During the coronavirus pandemic she produced a series of collages and ink drawings which resulted in an online exhibition (September 2021). She divides her time between writing, art and family but hasn’t abandoned the possibility of seeing a bit more of the world, if and when circumstances allow.
Charles Scott Moncrieff was born in Scotland in 1889 and died in Rome in 1930. He published poetry in literary journals from the age of sixteen and after studying at Edinburgh University, went into the First World War as a Captain in the KOSB. From the trenches he wrote trenchant literary criticism, war poetry and war serials. Wounded out, working at the War Office he contributed short stories for TS Eliot’s New Criterion, GK Chesterton’s New Witness and JC Squire’s London Mercury. Later as an editor at The Times he translated the Song of Roland and Beowulf and started on Marcel Proust’s A la Recherche du Temps Perdu, a work that was to make him famous. Leaving London in 1923 to work as an undercover agent in Mussolini’s Italy, he settled there. As well as continuing work on Proust’s lengthy novel, he translated much of Stendhal, Eloise and Abelard and some of Pirandello.
Ann Scott-Moncrieff was born in Orkney in 1914 and died in Nairn in 1943. During her short life she was a journalist, writer and poet who was immortalized by Edwin Muir in his poem ‘To Ann’. Scotland Street Press is in the process of re-publishing her children novels, which have been neglected for some years.
Tania Skarynkina was born in 1969 in Smarhon, Belarus. She worked as a postwoman, journalist, and illustrator. She writes poetry in Russian and essays in Belarusian. Her works have been translated into English, Polish, Czech and Hebrew. Scotland Street Published her collection of stories, A Large Czeslaw Milosz with a Dash of Elvis Presley, which was awarded the English PEN Award in 2018.
Alasdair Soussi is a Scots-born freelance journalist whose writings most often appear in Al Jazeera English and The National in Abu Dhabi. He has also written for the likes of The Guardian, The Herald, The Scotsman, BBC online, The Atlanta Journal Constitution and The Electronic Intifada.
He has reported from Beirut, Cairo and Freetown, among other locations, and has made a series of short online documentaries for Al Jazeera.
In recent years, he has covered Brexit, the Scottish independence debate and COP26.
He lives in Glasgow with his wife and two young daughters.
Alan Spence is an award-winning poet and playwright, novelist and short story writer. Awards include McVitie Prize (Scottish Writer of the Year), Glasgow Herald People’s Prize and Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award. He is Professor Emeritus in Creative Writing at The University of Aberdeen, and from 2017 to 2021 was Edinburgh Makar (Poet Laureate to the City). In 2018 he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun from the Government of Japan. With his wife Janani he runs the Sri Chinmoy Meditation Centre in Edinburgh.
Gerda Stevenson is a poet, editor, writer and songwriter. Her poems are both in English and in Scots, and she has acted in the film Braveheart. She has worked in theatre, TV, film, radio and opera both in the UK and abroad. Scotland Street Press published a compilation of artworks accompanied by a number of poems by Stevenson, Inside & Out: the art of Christian Small, in 2019.
Sara Trevelyan graduated as a medical doctor in 1977 at St Thomas’s Hospital in London. She married Jimmy Boyle when he was an inmate in the Barlinnie Special Unit in 1980. After working in hospitals and medicine briefly, she left to explore mental health in the community, conducting an action research project for the Scottish Association for Mental Health. She was the co-founder and director of The Gateway Exchange in Edinburgh for eight years and for the past twenty-seven years has worked as a self employed counsellor and psychotherapist. Sara lives and works between Edinburgh and Findhorn. Scotland Street Press published her memoir, Freedom Found, in March 2017.
Victoria Williamson is a former teacher and full-time author from Glasgow. Her forthcoming middle grade novel, The Whistlers in the Dark, combines Scottish legends surrounding standing stone circles with historical research of the Antonine wall built across her home town in Roman times. Her previous novels include The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle, The Boy with the Butterfly Mind, Hag Storm, and War of the Wind. She has won the Bolton Children’s Fiction Award 2020/2021, The YA-aldi Glasgow Secondary School Libraries Book Award 2023, and has been shortlisted for the Week Junior Book Awards 2023, The Leeds Book Awards 2023, the James Reckitt Hull Book Awards 2021, The Trinity School Book Awards 2021, and longlisted for the ABA South Coast Book Awards 2023, the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2020, and the Branford Boase Award 2019.
Victoria currently works part time writing KS2 books for the education company Twinkl and spends the rest of her time writing novels, and visiting schools, libraries and literary festivals to give author talks and run creative writing workshops.
Born in 1981, Maxim Znak is an international lawyer from Belarus who, after the presidential election of August 2020, gathered hard evidence of the many violations of the electoral process and sought to take legal action by ensuring that the election results were reviewed by an independent body. Maxim Znak was arrested on 9 September 2020 and held in Remand Prison no. 1 in Minsk until 26 December 2021. This prison has the shocking reputation of being the only one in Europe where the death penalty is still being carried out. It was here that Znak wrote his stories.