Patricia Ace’s chapbook of poems, First Blood, is published by HappenStance Press. In 2008 she won the poetry section of Aesthetica’s Creative Works Competition and 3rd Prize in the Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competition. She also graduated from Glasgow University with a MLitt in Creative Writing for which she was awarded a Distinction. She lives with her partner and two teenage children in Crieff, where she works part-time as a yoga teacher and creative writing tutor.
Amy Burns is originally from Birmingham, Alabama but now makes her home in Scotland where she is a PhD student at the University of Glasgow’s Creative Writing Department. Her prose and poetry has been published in print and online, she has served as editor/publisher of the literary journal unbound press and has recently completed her first novel. One of her favourite things in the world is a crooked-toothed, daft Springer Spaniel named Gille.
Liam Murray Bell is twenty-four years of age and lives in the fractured province of Northern Ireland, although he grew up in the divided city of Glasgow, and was born in the peaceful islands of Orkney. He is currently writing a novel based on a fractured and divided community in Orkney and finding peace in doing so. Previously, he has studied at Queen’s University of Belfast and Glasgow University, and his work can be found in two volumes of New Writing Scotland and one volume of Let’s Pretend: 37 Stories about (in)fidelity.
Elinor Brown’s novel The Recklessness of Water was shortlisted for the 2010 Sceptre Prize. Her short stories have been published in anthologies by Freight (Sushirexia, Let’s Pretend) Pulp Faction (Allnighter) and Egmont Press (Love from Dad, Would you Believe It?). She is a graduate of the Glasgow University Creative Writing MLittl. Born in London she moved to Glasgow via Sardinia and now lives in Cambridge. She will return to Glasgow University in 2013, to do a PhD in Creative Writing, looking at the history of marriage and its portrayal in the novel, the outcome will be another novel. She can be found at elinorbrown.com.
Thomas Coles was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, he is currently living in Glasgow.
James Fountain was born in Hartlepool in 1979. He is a lecturer in English Literature at Peterborough Regional College, and recently submitted the first PhD thesis on neglected Scottish modernist poet Joseph Macleod (1903-1984) to the University of Glasgow. He has published articles on modernist poetry in various literary publications, including The Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. He is the author of an autobiographical novel, Out of Time (2006), and has had poems accepted various magazines including Poetry Monthly International, From Glasgow to Saturn, Swamp, and TYPE.
Barry Gornell is a Liverpool born ex- firefighter. He lives on the west coast of Scotland where he is trying to grow up with his children. He is fully supported in this endeavour by his wife. His preoccupations are landscape, isolation, family and the weakness of men who want to be strong. He has carried the living and carried the dead. He feels the weight of both.
e. g. Jönsson is a translingual, crossgeneric writer, recently graduated from the MLitt in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Texts have appeared in e.g. Brand, The Packingtown Review, Litro, Corvaceous, Brittle Star, laurahird.com, The Clockwise Cat and The Glasgow Review. See more at http://www.egj.name.
Kirsty Logan is 25 and lives in Glasgow. She writes poetry and short prose, and is (still) working on a novel. She is inspired by misheard song lyrics, genderqueer, going on bad dates, art history, seeing bands, being told what to do by old men in ugly jumpers, chunky coffee-table photography books, fairytales, and her girlfriend. She can be found at kirstylogan.com.
Neil Mackay is multi-award winning investigative journalist, author and film-maker. His first book, The War on Truth, explored the invasion and occupation of Iraq and was a political best-seller. His last documentary, investigating neo-nazism around the world, was nominated for a Bafta. He’s working on his first novel and a collection of short stories. Mackay is currently News Editor of the Sunday Herald newspaper in Scotland.
Micaela Maftei studies at the University of Glasgow. She is originally from Toronto, Canada.
Laura Marney is the author of four novels: No Wonder I Take a Drink, Nobody Loves a Ginger Baby, Only Strange People go to Church and My Best Friend has Issues. She is currently working on a non-fiction commission. Her last radio play was Sex for Volunteers and her next is entitled London North. She is a tutor on the Glasgow University Mlitt and teaches aerobics for fun. She has recently returned from a tour of the U.S.A. New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. She is sorry she can’t make the Triangle show but she is in Cuba sipping mojitos.
Helen McClory studied English and Classical Studies at Undergraduate level in St Andrews, before going to the University of New South Wales, in Sydney, Australia, for an MA in Creative Writing, and to have a bit of sun. She is currently a Creative Writing PhD student at Glasgow University, with a novel hopefully on the way.
Kei Miller is a poet from Jamaica.
Jane Patience lives in North Glasgow and completed the Creative writing MLitt at Glasgow University in 2008. She has published short stories and poetry and has also written for radio. Her short story ‘Heatwave’ was recently adapted and filmed as ‘A Sin to Waste it’ which will be screened as part of the Edinburgh short film festival. She is currently working on her first novel.
Sue Reid Sexton lives and works in Glasgow. She worked as a counsellor specialising in trauma for over a decade and spent another decade working with homelessness. She is the author of two novels examining the effects of war on ordinary people, another about messy households and unsatisfactory lives, and is currently working on another about a decomposing body. She is a consultant for Grapevine Publishing Services and a voice-over editor for Greengold Productions and has been published regularly in From Glasgow to Saturn. Her stories have been published in the anthologies (In) Fidelity and Friendship Across Borders.
Fiona Rintoul is a freelance writer and journalist. She trained as a linguist and is a past winner of the IJP British-German Journalists Exchange Bursary. Her fiction has been published in a variety of anthologies and journals. She has been short-listed for the Fish Short Story Prize and long-listed for the Bridport Poetry Prize. She was a finalist in the Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competition in 2007 and a runner-up in the Daily Telegraph novel-in-a-year competition. In 2008 she won the first Gillian Purvis New Writing Award and in 2009 she won the Sceptre Prize. She is currently finishing her first novel, which is set in the former East Germany.
Michael Schmidt was born in Mexico in 1947. He studied at Harvard and at Wadham College, Oxford. He is Professor of Poetry at Glasgow University, where he is convenor of the Creative Writing Programme. He is a founder (1969) and editorial and managing director of Carcanet Press Limited, and a founder (1972) and general editor of PN Review. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he received an O.B.E. in 2006 for services to poetry.
Zoë Strachan is an award-winning novelist who also writes short stories, essays, journalism and drama. She teaches part time on the Creative Writing programme at the University of Glasgow. You can find out more at http://www.zoestrachan.com
Kate Tough is a massive fan of collaborative and multi-genre work, so she was pleased to participate in the Triangle project (though her her ‘first-thought-best-thought’ contribution surprised and disturbed her in equal measure!). Kate has had many short stories, flash fictions and poems published in the UK and Canada, and she has a novel-near-completion. In addition, she has worked on short film scripts, film reviews and recorded and produced a radio series in Canada. She lectures in aspects of creative writing at the Glasgow College of Nautical Studies and was a ‘Book Doctor’ at the Wigtown Book Festival in 2007 & 2008.
JL Williams was born in New Jersey and studied at Wellesley College with the poet Frank Bidart. Her poetry has been published in a number of journals including Aesthetica, The Red Wheelbarrow, The Wolf, Orbis, Poetry Salzburg Review, Poetry Wales and coming up in Fulcrum and Stand. She is one of the founding members of SHIFT and is on the editorial board of VAIR Poetry Magazine.
Jonathan Whitelaw was born and raised in Glasgow and having started a fondness for reading and writing at an early age, the step to actually putting something together only seemed natural. Short works have been published in local and national newspapers, topics ranging from short fiction to sports writing and poetry. Currently about to complete first proper novel and await publication.
For the artist’s book I wanted something that looked regular from the outside, but when opened up revealed something unusual and unexpected. After considering many options, I decided on the accordion format with cut out sections that reveals the text sitting behind. The cut out designs were influenced by the geometrical shape and angles of the triangle and by the nature themes of the text. The black and gold colours and typography represent the prestigious and rich history of literature, music and art combined.
19, from Bearsden, Glasgow, is currently a second year student at Glasgow Metropolitan College studying HND Graphic Design. A student of John Baird and Kate Gibson, Amanda has worked on several briefs, including the Scotland and Venice project – in association with the graphic design company Skratch. She thoroughly enjoyed working in this designer as client environment and gained valuable experience of working in the profession. In response to the texts, Amanda envisaged a character whose life she has described in illustration in the format of an artist’s book in diary style – using photography, products from the natural world, seaside holidays, art and paint work, Egyptian art and geometric art. She also designed a cd label and cover and packaging in a 3-D triangular form. In her design of these products, Amanda has achieved a style which is natural, fresh and rustic while also being people-friendly.
Second year Graphic Design student at Glasgow Metropolitan College. Her design is based on memory boxes. She used photographs of her family members and notes she’s saved to create the pages for Brown Williams Journal. The journal itself is in the form of a flower press, which she remembers from her childhood.
Second year graphic design student at Glasgow Metropolitan Collage. In researching the text for background to my design I gained an insight into and knowledge of Greek mythology discovering that the title “MNEMOSYME” (personification of memory) was a Greek Goddess of Memory a daughter of Gaia (Goddess of Earth) and Uranus (God of Sky). She had an affair with Zeus, the king of the gods, and this affair led to the births of the nine muses representing music and the arts. I envisaged this text to be about the Greek goddess Mnemosyne walking on our shores for the first time and the book I wanted to create was a journal of her memories of snippets of her existence. The book was to appear old and tattered as if it had been left on the beach.
The brief for the ‘Triangle’ project was to produce an artist’s book which was to be my interpretation of the texts and music provided. The project aims to unite a fractured creative community and uses constrained, collaborative work in different media and has an underlying theme of ‘death of the author’. The Triangle project is centred on a poem co- written by Charlotte Williams and Elinor Brown. I interpret the poem as the story of a man remembering and mourning love lost; imagining the last moments of his love before she takes her own life. The poem is also a reflection on life, and stories from a life lived and now gone – It has a very melancholy tone. The metaphor the authors use is of a woman reaching to the sunset over the sea to the horizon; to eternity and to her escape from life.