Fiona Armstrong (Patron)
BBC News presenter Fiona Armstrong has been a familiar face on national and regional news for many years.
After serving in the ranks of the Suffolk Regiment Martin Bell went on to become one of the BBC's best-known war reporters. He covered conflicts from Vietnam to the Middle East to Bosnia, where he was wounded. He left journalism for politics in 1997 when he defeated Neil Hamilton to become the first elected independent MP for 50 years.
Theresa Breslin is the popular Carnegie Medal winning author of over 40 books for young people. Her work ranges from picture books to novels for Young Adult / Adult.
With an international reputation as a prizewinning novelist, Ron Butlin is a former Edinburgh Makar. Together with Ian Rankin, he was made Edinburgh University’s first Honorary Writing Fellow.
Karen Campbell is a graduate of Glasgow University's Creative Writing Masters. Before turning to writing, Karen was a police officer, and has published four novels focusing on the politics of policing, and the people behind the uniform. These books are: The Twilight Time, After the Fire, Shadowplay, and Proof of Life.
Mungo Campbell is Deputy Director of The Hunterian at the University of Glasgow.
Before moving to Glasgow in 1997 he worked at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and in the Print Room at the National Gallery of Scotland.
Kenneth Cox, managing director of Glendoick Gardens Ltd Centre Nursery and Gardens, is one of the UK's most experienced and entertaining lecturers on rhododendrons, Scottish horticulture and plant exploration.
Linda Cracknell is a writer of prose and radio drama.
B.R. Crichton was born in Zimbabwe, and moved to Scotland in 1992.
Lari Don is an award-winning Scottish children’s writer, whose fiction is inspired by the Scottish landscape and Scottish legends.
Marion Duffy (Mirren) is one half of the creative writing partnership Mirren Jones; her Welsh partner is Elaine Atkins (Jones).
Poet - The Hunterian Poems
As poetry editor of The Herald, Lesley Duncan has for almost two decades chosen and introduced the newspaper's popular daily poem feature. Her own collection, Images Not Icons, was published in 2010, as were two poetry pamphlets on Scottish historical themes.
Gavin Francis is an author and general practitioner.
Gillian Galbraith was previously an advocate specialising in medical negligence cases and was at one time the legal correspondent for the Scottish Farmer magazine. She has also written on legal matters for The Times. Now a full-time writer of fiction, Gillian Galbraith has written five Alice Rice novels, all set in Edinburgh and featuring a female detective. Alexander McCall Smith said of the first one, Blood in the Water, "There is not a dull page from start to finish." Other titles include Where the Shadow Falls, Dying of The Light, No Sorrow to Die and The Road to Hell. Another in the series is due to come out this autumn.
Janice Galloway is one of the UK's most versatile and gifted writers, author of novels, short stories, non-fiction, collaborative works with visual artists, opera libretto and prose poetry.
Lesley Glaister is the prize-winning author of thirteen novels, the most recent of which is
Debi Gliori is a much-loved and best selling author/illustrator of over 75 books for children, including No Matter What (Bloomsbury) and the Mr Bear series (Orchard).
Alex Gray was born and educated in Glasgow, the city that provides the backdrop for her Lorimer novels. She has written thirteen books, the first two winning the Constable Trophy and the Pitlochry Trophy respectively. Alex has also written for radio, national magazines and newspapers and has had success with publishing some of her poetry and short stories several of which have won literary prizes. A passage from the opening of her fourth novel, “The Riverman”, was used in Ken Walton’s choral symphony, “Colours of the Clyde”.
Andrew Greig, born in Bannockburn 1951, is the author of twenty books of poetry, novels and non-fiction. A full-time writer, he lives in Edinburgh and Orkney with his wife, novelist Lesley Glaister.
A graduate of Edinburgh College of Art, Mairi Hedderwick taught art at primary before illustrating children's books. As author and illustrator, her most popular character, Katie Morag, was created in 1984. Katie Morag's home on the fictional Isle of Struay is not a million sea miles away from the island of Coll where her own offspring had their early childhood.
Nick Hesketh was an author/illustrator before becoming Dundee Education’s Writer in Residence where his teaching style proved particularly effective with children who struggle with story writing.
Geoff Hill is a critically acclaimed bestselling author and award-winning feature and travel writer based in Belfast.
Richard Holloway is a writer and broadcaster. He is the author of more than twenty books, including Godless Morality, Doubts & Loves, Looking in the Distance and Between the Monster and the Saint: Reflections on the Human Condition.
Barry Hutchison is an award-winning author and screenwriter from the Highlands of Scotland. Since 2008 he has written over 60 books for children and teenagers - from his terrifying Invisible Fiends horror series to his comedy fantasy adventure novel, The Shark-Headed Bear-Thing.
Angela Jeffs is an established editor, book packager, journalist, author and writing guide who recently returned to the UK after 26 years in Japan.
Frances Law exhibits her work regularly throughout Scotland, the UK and internationally.
Award-winning food writer Sue Lawrence is the author of 15 cookery books including Sue Lawrence on Baking and A Cook's Tour of Scotland.
Kate Leiper is an artist and children’s illustrator now based in Edinburgh but originally from Morayshire.
Joan Lennon was born in Canada but now lives in the Kingdom of Fife. The Kingdom is said to be shaped like the head of a dog - if this is true, her flat is somewhere on the tip of the ear, which explains a lot. She has four tall sons and one short cat and plans to go on writing forever.
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Sir John Lister-Kaye
Sir John Lister-Kaye is one of Scotland’s best-known naturalists and conservationists, a Times columnist and author. His best-selling Song of the Rolling Earth, was published in 2003, Nature's Child in 2004 and At the Water's Edge in 2010, and Gods of the Morning in 2015. He has lectured and led expeditions on wildlife and conservation in many countries.
Liz Lochhead was born in 1947 in Newarthill, Lanarkshire. She studied at the Glasgow School of Art. The first work that brought Lochhead to wider notice was Memo for Spring, which was published in 1972 at a time when the Scottish poetry scene was largely male-dominated. Her collections of poetry include Dreaming Frankenstein (1984), True Confessions and New Cliches (1985) and Bagpipe Muzak (1991).
Stuart MacBride is the bestselling author of the Logan McRae and Ash Henderson novels.
Charles MacLean has been described by The Times as 'Scotland's leading whisky expert'.
He has been researching and writing about the subject for thirty years, and during this time has published over a dozen books about Scotch - several of which have won international awards and have been translated into many languages.
Ian MacMillan, Burn Stewart’s Master Blender & Head of Distilleries, is responsible for the intricate art of blending specially selected Single Malt and Grain whiskies to create the Scottish Leader and Black Bottle Blended Scotch Whiskies.
David MacPhail left home at 18 to travel the world and have adventures.
Sally Magnusson is an award-winning journalist and writer who has presented a wide range of programmes for the BBC and authored a number of books.
Widely acclaimed and much loved, William McIlvanney has been at the forefront of the Scottish literary scene for decades. Poet, writer of non-fiction and novelist, McIlvanney had his first taste of publishing success in 1966 when his debut novel Remedy is None was awarded the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. This was to be the first in a long line of awards for McIlvanney, which includes both the Saltire and Whitbread Prizes for his novels and two Silver Daggers for his crime writing.
Russel D McLean is a crime writer, originally based in Dundee but now working out of Glasgow.
James Naughtie, who presented Today on BBC Radio 4 for twenty-one years, is a special correspondent for BBC News.
Maggie O'Farrell is the author of seven novels, After You've Gone, My Lover's Lover, The Distance Between Us which won a Somerset Maugham Award, The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, The Hand That First Held Mine, which won the 2010 Costa Novel Award, Instructions for a Heatwave, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Costa Novel Award, and This Must be The Place.
A relationship with place is a recurring interest in Tom Pow’s work.
Poet - The Hunterian Poems
John Purser is well known as a composer, writer, broadcaster and musicologist. His new and collected poems There Is No Night was recently published by Kennedy & Boyd.
Poet and Editor - The Hunterian Poems
Alan Riach holds the Chair of Scottish Literature at Glasgow University. His fifth book of poems, Homecoming (2009), follows Clearances (2001), First & Last Songs (1995), An Open Return (1991) and This Folding Map (1990).
Patrick Richardson was born in Sussex and raised in Edinburgh, where he went to university.
James Robertson is a poet, short story writer, editor and novelist. His short stories are collected in Republics of the Mind. He is the author of five novels for adults, including Joseph Knight, The Testament of Gideon Mack and And the Land Lay Still. His most recent novel, The Professor of Truth, is loosely based on the Lockerbie bombing and its aftermath. He stays in Newtyle, Angus.
Bruce Sandison was born in Edinburgh in 1938 and since 1981 has been a full-time writer working for: Trout & Salmon, Fly Fishing & Fly Tying, The Scotsman, Aberdeen Press & Journal, The Herald, John O’Groats Journal, Sunday Times (Scotland), The Telegraph, The Independent, Scottish Daily Mail, Sunday Mail, Inverness Courier, The Field, Scottish Field, The Scots Magazine and Private Eye.
Glyn Satterley’s work has been exhibited throughout Britain and The National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh has several of his images in their collection.
Jess Smith says, 'Berrytime at Blair, Rattray and the Glens was for me, a Scottish Traveller lass, inspirational. Memories have flooded through my pen of campfire gatherings with locals and visitors sharing songs and tales.
Kenneth Steven grew up in Highland Perthshire.
Fiona Thackeray’s short story collection, The Secret’s in the Folding, was longlisted for the Edge Hill University and Frank O’Connor Prizes.
Kyla Tomlinson is a graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone College, Dundee, where she gained a BDes in animation and an MSc in Electronic Imaging and filmmaking, specialising in animation. Since then she has worked professionally as a freelance animator and artist which includes teaching at both higher and primary stages.
Christopher Trotter, author of six books on food and cooking, is an enthusiastic demonstrator on cooking seasonal produce.