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 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” is going to be published in 2020, where Scotland Street Press has won the PEN Translates award for the translation of the book.
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.
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.
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 was published.
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).
Jean Findlay is the founder of Scotland Street Press. Click here to learn more. Among other things, she has written Three Plays and Chasing Lost Time – the Life of C. K. Moncrieff, Soldier, Spy and Translator was published by Chatto and Windus.
John D. O. Fulton
John D. O. Fulton is an Edinburgh lawyer with a life-long interest and curiosity in the interaction between people and events. He spent twenty-seven years working at No 66 Queen Street, which has become the source of inspiration for his first publication.
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 wise variety of magazines and newspapers, including The Sunday Times Magazine, the Irish Times and Slightly Foxed.
John Knight‘s career began with the Cumbernauld Development Corporation. He was senior architect in the Ancient Monument Branch of the DoE/PSA, subsequently Historic Scotland, now HES. He retired in 2002, and was appointed OBE. His abiding devotion to the New Town of Edinburgh led him to active participation in its conservation from 1970 and to his recording of it at the turn of the 21st century. His drawing skills were honed through observation of the many buildings he worked on over 25 years.
Hamish MacDonald was the first skriver at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh and the 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 international award-winning advertising copywriter and an accomplished presenter. Black Snow Falling is her debut novel for young adults, and its sequel is in the making. She lives in Edinburgh with her family.
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.
A professional gardener for thirty-seven 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.
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 the book published with Scotland Street Press 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.
C. F. Peterson
C. F. Peterson was born in Inverness. He lived in Africa and worked in bio-chemistry before returning home to the Scottish Highlands where he runs a design and construction company. He is married and has five children.
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.
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 (Lion Publishing, 1989), was read at the Edinburgh Book Festival. Jenny pursued the theme of the Warsaw Ghetto in Don’t go to Uncle’s Wedding (Azure/SPCK 2000). She writes for the Holocaust Journal, PRISM (Azrieli Institute, NY).
Ann Scott Moncrieff
Ann Scott Moncrieff was born in Orkney in 1910 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
Known above all for his translation of Proust, Charles Scott Moncrieff also had his own poetry, short stories, and was regularly published in Literary periodicals. Here for the first time is a collection of these, put together with an introduction by Jean Findlay, author of Chasing Lost Time.
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. A chapter from A Large Czeslaw Milosz with a Dash of Elvis Presley can be found here.
Christian Small lived and painted in the Scottish Borders village of West Linton for over 60 years. She was born in 1925 in Dundee, growing up in the shadows of two world wars, the legacies of which impacted on Christian and her family. After graduating in chemistry at the University of St. Andrews, she applied for a job, but when the company discovered that she was a woman, she received a letter of rejection, stating “We regret your sex.” Christian married, had five children, and, divorced. Like many women of her generation, she didn’t seek employment again until her children had grown up. Christian immersed herself in art. She sold very few of her paintings, often giving them away, storing many in her children’s old cot in the bedroom of her tiny cottage.
Gerda Stevenson is a poet, editor, writer and song-writer. 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.
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.
Julie Verhoven is an illustrator and designer who has collaborated with brands such as Louis Vuitton, Versace and Peter Jensen. While she is recognised primarily for her work in fashion, she has also contributed illustrations to books, magazines and album covers.
Alexander Wilson, a Radical Paisley weaver turned packman travelled thousands of miles by foot across the American continent illustrating and writing about its bird life. Wilson is the founding father of American Ornithology, while his illustrations and writings comprise an outstanding body of work. American Ornithology was published in nine volumes between 1808 and 1814.
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.