Michael Malone April 24 - Michael Malone was born and brought up in the heart of Burns’ country, just a stone’s throw from the great man’s cottage in Ayr. He has published over 200 poems in literary magazines throughout the UK, including New Writing Scotland, Poetry Scotland and Markings. His debut novel, Blood Tears (published by Five Leaves, June 2012), won the Pitlochry Prize from the Scottish Association of Writers. He has since published a non-fiction work about successful modern-day Scots – Carnegie’s Call (Argyll Publishing, Oct. 2012). He is a regular reviewer for the hugely popular crime fiction website: CrimeSquad and his blog, May Contain Nuts .
J David Simons March 13 -
J. David Simons was born in Glasgow in 1953. He studied law at Glasgow University and became a partner at an Edinburgh law firm before giving up his practice in 1978 to live on a kibbutz in Israel. Since then he has lived in Australia, Japan and England working at various stages along the way as a charity administrator, cotton farmer, language teacher, university lecturer and journalist. He returned to Glasgow in 2006 where he currently lives with his partner Sofia.
His first novel, The Credit Draper was published in May 2008 by Two Ravens Press and was short-listed for The McKitterick Prize in June 2009. His second novel The Liberation of Celia Kahn, was published – along with a re-print of The Credit Draper – by Five Leaves Publishing in February 2011.
He has been the recipient of a Writer’s Bursary from the Scottish Arts Council (now Creative Scotland) and awards from the Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship and the Society of Authors Foundation. His latest novel An Exquisite Sense of What is Beautiful is due to be published by Saraband in March 2013.
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Sara Sheridan February 13th – Sara Sheridan is the author of a range of novels including The Secret Mandarin, Truth or Dare, Brighton Belle, I’m Me, and the Mirabelle Bevan Mysteries.
Shari Low 13th February – Author and columnist for the Daily Record. Shari’s wit and skill are displayed in her many novel including, Friday night with the Girls, Temptation Street, What if?, Why Not, My Best Friend’s Life and A Brand New me.
Barry Gornell January 16 - Barry Gornell is a debut author of The Healing of Luther Grove.
Kirsty Logan January 16 – Kirsty Logan is a fiction writer, journalist, literary magazine editor, teacher, and book reviewer. She recently finished her first novel, Rust and Stardust, and a short story collection, The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales. She is now working on her second novel, The Gracekeeper.