Professor Robert Crawford is Professor of Modern Scottish Literature and Bishop Wardlaw Professor of Poetry at the University of St Andrews. His seventh collection of poems, Testament, is published by Cape in 2014. His prose books include Scotland's Books (Penguin, 2007) and The Bard: Robert Burns, a Biography (Cape, 2009).
Meaghan Delahunt is an Australian-born author who teaches Creative Writing at the University of Stirling. In the Blue House (Bloomsbury, 2001) won the Saltire Prize for the best first novel. The Red Book was published by Granta in 2008, and has been followed by To the Island (Granta, 2012) and Greta Garbo's Feet & Other Stories (Word Power Books, 2015).
Jen Hadfield grew up in Cheshire and is half Canadian. Her collection Nigh-no Place (Bloodaxe) won the T.S. Eliot Prize in 2008 and her new collection Byssus was published by Picador in 2014. She lives in Shetland, where she's currently working on the libretto for an opera inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window.
Norman McBeath is an Edinburgh-based freelance photographer who has over fifty portrait photographs in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery in London, the National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh, and the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra. He has collaborated with the poets Robert Crawford, Kathleen Jamie and Paul Muldoon on several books and exhibition projects which have been seen in the UK and USA.
Dr Vicky MacKenzie recently completed her doctorate on contemporary poetry and science and is working on her first novel. Her poems and short stories have won several prizes and in 2014 she was awarded the Emerging Scottish Writer Residency at Cove Park.
Leena Nammari teaches printmaking and works at the Edinburgh Printmakers' workshop as technician and artist. A Palestinian artist whose work often deals with her native land and with images of memory, location, and dislocation, she has held recent exhibitions in Edinburgh and in Bratislava.
Dr Helen Pain is Reader in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh where she is an Associate Member of the Human Communication Research Centre and a Member of the Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation. Her research interests include supporting special needs education and modelling social intelligence and communication.
Professor Don Sannella is Professor of Computer Science in the Laboratory for Foundations of Computer Science, School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, and editor-in-chief of Theoretical Computer Science. His interests include formal methods for development of correct software systems, computer security, skiing, and playing the mandolin. He is founder and CEO of Contemplate Ltd.
Dr Alice Thompson is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh. Her first novel, Justine (Canongate, 1996), was joint winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and her subsequent novels include Pharos (Virago, 2002) and, most recently, Burnt Island (Salt, 2013), both set on remote island locations.
Professor Alan Dearle is Professor of Computer Science at the University of St Andrews. His research interests include programming languages, operating systems and distributed systems, as well as ways of making digital information available in remote locations without internet access. He has spent time on Orkney and elsewhere in the Highlands and Islands.
Jennie Erdal is a novelist, memoirist and journalist based in the East Neuk. Her memoir Ghosting was shortlisted for a number of awards and was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. Her novel The Missing Shade of Blue (Little, Brown, 2012) is set in Edinburgh and on the west coast of Scotland. She is a contributor to the Financial Times and other periodicals, and has a family connection with Iona where she regularly spends time.
Dr Sara Lodge is a Senior Lecturer in the School of English at the University of St Andrews. She has published two academic monographs and is completing her first collection of short stories. Formerly a UN speechwriter in New York, she has worked in several parts of the world with election-monitoring teams, and has also spent time in the Scottish Highlands.
Dr Peter Mackay is a Lecturer in the School of English at the University of St Andrews. Born and brought up on the Isle of Lewis, he is completing his first collection of Gaelic poems, is author of a monograph on Sorley Maclean, and has co-edited a study of modern Scottish and Irish poetry for Cambridge University Press. He has worked for the BBC in Gaelic television.
Dr Candia McWilliam is an Edinburgh-based novelist, short-story writer and memoirist. Her novels include A Case of Knives (1988) and Debatable Land (1994) which won the Guardian Fiction Prize. Her most recent book is the widely praised What to Look for in Winter: a Memoir in Blindness (Vintage, 2011). She has written about living in Edinburgh and on Colonsay.
Michael Nott, a graduate of the University of Strathclyde and of University College London, is studying for a doctorate in the Schools of English and Art History at the University of St Andrews. His topic is the history of collaboration between poets and photographers.
Professor David Robertson is Head of the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. His research interests include 'info-smog' and the difference between information and knowledge as well as social machines, sustainable digital environments, and computational ecology.
Ruth Thomas is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of St Andrews. Her prizewinning novels and short-story collections include Sea Monster Tattoo (Polygon, 1997), The Dance Settee (Polygon, 1999), Things to Make and Mend (Faber, 2007), Super Girl (Faber, 2009) and The Home Corner (Faber, 2013).
Colin Waters is Communications Officer at the Scottish Poetry Library. With a background in librarianship and journalism, he writes regularly for the Scottish Review of Books and is used to working with poets and fiction writers, and on the promotion of events.