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voices from across scotland and the world

Allow us to introduce you to some of our authors.

One of the joys of being an independent, small press is that we get to work with authors we love, whether we are publishing their first book or if they are already well-established. Find out more about our writers, their backgrounds and the important stories they have to tell.
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Alhierd Bacharevič

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.


Douglas Bruton

Douglas Bruton has been writing for thirty years. He is widely published in short stories and anthologies and he has won many prizes for his writing in the last eight years, including the Neil Gunn Prize and The William Soutar Prize. He is also published in various literary magazines including Northwords Now, Interpreter’s House, Transmission and Bare Fiction Magazine. He has had three novels published, The Chess Piece Magician, Mrs Winchester's Gun Club (2019) and Blue Postcards (2021).

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Kay Carmichael

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

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

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

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.

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Olivia Findlay

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

Jean Findlay is the founder of Scotland Street Press. Among other things, she has written Three Plays and Chasing Lost Timethe Life of C. K. Moncrieff, Soldier, Spy and Translator, which was published by Chatto and Windus. Her new novel The Queen’s Lender is being published by Scotland Street Press December 2021.

Dr Bashabi Fraser, CBE

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

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.

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Anthony Gardner

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.

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Hamish MacDonald

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.

L. J. MacWhirter

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

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.

Graham Martin

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

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

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

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.

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Traci O’Dea

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.

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C. F. Peterson

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 Ian Banks and was longlisted for the People’s Book Prize 2019.  

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Petra Reid

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

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.

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Ann Scott-Moncrieff

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.

C. K. Scott Moncrieff

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.


Tania Skarynkina

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.

Gerda Stevenson

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.


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Sara Trevelyan

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.

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Murray Lachlan Young

Murray Lachlan Young is a poet, stand-up performer, broadcaster, playwright, screenwriter and children’s author. He came to prominence during the Brit-Pop era of the mid-1990s, when he became the only poet to sign a contract worth £1M.