Born on a Guatemalan hillside, Alex Allan spent much of his formative years living on a diet of guanábana and barba amarilla meat. He spent his life carving stories into the walls of his cave until he was offered the opportunity to represent his country in the javelin at the Olympics. Alex gained notoriety by throwing the javelin out of the stadium and killing a 43-year-old mother of three who was walking down the street with her children a further 400 yards clear of the venue walls. www.alexallan.co.uk
David Berridge lives in London. BLACK GARDENS is published online by The Red Ceilings Press, and P.Z.T.C (in print) by The Knives, Forks and Spoons Press. He curates VerySmallKitchen, which is co-organising I AM NOT A POET, a festival exploring connections of language and art practice at the Totalkunst Gallery, Edinburgh 7-21st August 2011. http://verysmallkitchen.com
Udith Dematagoda is a PhD student and Tutor at Glasgow University, writing a thesis on Ideology and Aesthetics in the works of Vladimir Nabokov. He has written one unpublished novel of experimental fiction, and also plays guitar in the Post-Punk experimental band Un Cadavre.
Lee Devonish, in no particular order: Multimedia visual artist/painter/ceramicist/printmaker, originally from Barbados, then Boston, now in Kent, UK. Mother. Occasional writer/singer/bassist. Recovering cynic. www.leedevonish.com
Jane Hartshorn graduated from Glasgow University in 2009, and since this milestone, has spent a great deal of time manning posts. This stationary pursuit has compelled her to imagine scenarios which extend beyond the length of her own arm. http://jasperhatsoff.blogspot.com/
As an artist, I define what art is.
As a poet, I define what a poem is.
If my art can be anything from a painting to a concept, so can my poetry.
I am a poem.
Wendy is a writer and sound designer who especially enjoys the way sound and language interact. She is a contributor to Snippets eZine and has previously written for Associated Content, Suite 101 and Montage Film Reviews. Currently she lives somewhere north of the Highland Line and misses living by the sea. www.lostpenguin.co.uk
Beth Nicholas is an emerging artist whose latest collection draws inspiration from what other people have discarded. Her work was originally based around the Japanese aesthetic of Wabi-Sabi which explores the beauty within transience. Through this concept she has searched for beauty in the unconventional, a journey that started with a rotting garment she found by a stream and has led her to incorporating a written stream of consciousness into her paintings. For Beth, who battles with dyslexia, the process of writing, which now features so strongly in her images, has also been extremely cathartic. www.beth-nicholas.com
Emma is a graphic designer and design journalist based in Auckland.
Mary Paterson is a writer and producer based in London. She is the co-founder of Open Dialogues, a collaboration that produces critical writing on and as performance, and is currently Creative Producer of Encounter, a programme of temporary, site specific artwork in public spaces in North Kent. www.marypaterson.tumblr.com
Euan Ramsay has a chequered educational history. His professional CV is equally as diverse. Nevertheless, from a young age he has been a determined part-time adventurer, part-time writer and part-time photographer. He currently resides in New Zealand where he enjoys surfing and gardening.
Gary Reid has worked in aviation around the world including Argentina, New Zealand and Scotland. He currently lives in Edinburgh, his adopted home since 1986 after living in Northern Ireland, with his partner and rescue dog Tyler, writing in his spare time.
Elmore Leonard’s Ten rules for writing fiction:
8) Avoid detailed descriptions of characters
• Damian Reilly is from Glasgow
• He writes short stories
• He is working on ideas for his first novel
• He is inspired by the Beatniks, The Beatles, & Weiss Beer
Tracey S. Rosenberg
Tracey S. Rosenberg was recently awarded a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust. Her debut novel, The Girl in the Bunker, is forthcoming from Cargo Publishing. She has previously published in Chapman, Anon, Poetry Scotland, The Frogmore Papers, and New Writing Scotland 28, and has work forthcoming in New Writing Scotland 29 and the Journal of the American Medical Association. http://tsrosenberg.wordpress.com
Andrew Taylor was born in 1984, currently lives in Glasgow and began writing fiction at University as a more satisfying and humorous way to deal with coursework.
Studying Sociology has led to ‘work,’ and the effect this has on the human being, becoming the central theme throughout his writing.
More recently his employment with a High Street Bank continues to shape the characters, their thoughts and Andrew’s own outlook. Suming up his work he settles for ‘The ordinary taking place in the out of the ordinary.’
In his practice Richard deals with the placement of ideas in site-specificity, documentation and alternative residency, and the relationship these have to both drawing and writing. His self-archiving process develops a referential system that is applied to making and showing work.
Miriam has just returned to Scotland, her home of nearly a decade, after two years in Moscow. She was raised in Canada, near the Atlantic coast, and has travelled extensively in what she hopes is an original and adventurous manner. She writes fiction and non-fiction, and worked in 3rd sector housing (gritty) in Glasgow for much of her career before retraining as a teacher (less gritty). She’s @miriamvaswani on twitter and her blogs are http://miriam-littlebones.blogspot.com and http://miriam-insomnia.blogspot.com
Elizabeth Wewiora is a artist currently based in Manchester whose work is continually preoccupied with the very visceral and changeable nature of the everyday environment. She is often intrigued by the individual habits of human nature and how this affects our surroundings. By using the everyday, non-precious objects and characters are reworked in an attempt to bring the void between mundane and extraordinary closer. As a developing artist her practice has evolved into working on socially engaged projects , and with this engagement comes the extracts from her ‘allotment diaries’ - the theme of her writing for ourpennilesswrite.