Stryvling Press


“1,890 miles away, the world is ending,

but here the sky is blue.”

From “February 25th, 2022” by Morgan McVaugh

Chris Appleyard

Heading towards retiral and working part-time, Chris studied Creative Writing with the Open University for two years. On retiral, she applied for the M.Litt. (Creative Writing) degree. As a part-time student, she has met many talented writers who have encouraged her along the way.


Genoviev Aviles

Genoviev is original from California. She received a bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State in Cinema with an emphasis on screenwriting. Her hobbies include traveling, reading, watching anything from Studio Ghibli, and long walks with no particular destination. 

Marianne L. Berghuis

Marianne trained as a nurse at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, in 1995. Nursing led to many adventures in London, Australia, America, The Netherlands and back to Scotland. Never to be found without a notebook and pen, Marianne’s love of writing has always lurked. A life changing event prompted her to be courageous, change direction and undertake Stirling’s MLitt in Creative Writing. She is a mother to two amazing teenage boys and a wife to a one-of-a-kind Dutchman. She lives happily, surrounded by the beautiful Fife hills.

Morgan Carmichael

Morgan is a recent graduate from the University of Stirling’s MLitt in Creative Writing. She has had poetry published in a number of UK based magazines (both print and online). She writes fictional short stories and poetry that focuses on the LGBTQIA+ community, identity, and the poignancy of everyday life. 

Chloe Craig

Chloe graduated from The University of Stirling with a bachelor’s degree in English Studies and Philosophy. In her free time, Chloe enjoys reading rom-coms and is currently working on her own ‘Bridget Jones inspired Chick Lit’. 

Emily Crawford

Emily, sometimes known as Amelia and better known as ‘Em’, graduated from the University of Stirling with a bachelor’s degree in English and History. With a passion for writing, she decided to pursue a MLitt. in Creative Writing and has the intention of finding a career that lets her explore her fascinations with the written word. She is addicted to the creative world even in her spare time, scribbling and drawing whenever she gets the chance and running a Dungeons and Dragons podcast on the side.

Ruth Irons

Originally from Kent, Ruth now lives near St Andrews. She graduated many moons ago from the University of Oxford with a degree in Classics and Modern Languages.  Having retired last summer after a varied career, mainly in education, she is loving the opportunity to focus on her writing. The rest of Ruth’s time is taken up with three lovely grandchildren (soon to be four!), trying to train her Labrador puppy (Gus), keeping bees and playing the French Horn, piano and organ. 

Dorcy Jaffray

Dorcy is from Minnesota, USA and earned a bachelor’s degree in English before moving to Scotland to work on her master’s. She enjoys woodworking and spends far too much time talking about sailboats.

Morgan MacVaugh

Morgan is a conductor of magic. She’s normally rooted in Lancaster, PA where she lives for card games, oil paints, and her chonky black cat. You can find some of her other work in Hunger Mountain, F(r)iction’s Dually Noted series, and Luna Station Quarterly, among others. 

Hayli McClain

Hayli earned their BA from Susquehanna University in the United States. Their work has appeared in places like White Wall Review, Luna Station Quarterly, and The Molotov Cocktail. They miss their cat and helping their parents not die constantly in Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but they’d still rather be in Scotland than anywhere else.

Callum McGee

Callum graduated from the University of Aberdeen with an honours degree in English and Hispanic Studies. He then went on to study an MLitt in Creative Writing at Stirling. In his free time he enjoys writing short stories, reading literary fiction and listening to the blues.

Liza Miles

Liza enjoys writing character driven narratives within slice of life short stories and a cosy murder mystery series set in Edinburgh. Liza has also written a YA fiction novel drawing on the complex lives of teens and families she has worked with as an expressive arts therapist and family mediator. Following the MLitt at Stirling, Liza is planning to write two historical novels, one of which will be set in Scotland at the time of the Picts.


Trish Stefanovic

Trish grew up in Oxford near Shotover woods, with an Irish Catholic father and a Welsh Protestant mother, a brother, sisters and endless animals; cats, dogs, foxes, badgers, and bats. Some of her writing explores these formative childhood influences. She now works as an FE lecturer in early childhood development, communications, and literature. She loves her job as it keeps her in contact with children and young people and enables her to see the world through their fresh eyes. She writes mainly young adult, children’s fiction, and short stories.

Jennifer Syme

Jennifer lives in Dunfermline, Scotland with her husband and crazy border collie, Ziggy. She has had an eclectic career from IT to Sports Massage, and thanks to Covid changing her plans, has returned to writing and the Mlitt Creative Writing. When not reading or writing, she will be found walking the dog, playing her guitars, or swimming in the sea, suitably attired from head to foot in rubber and neoprene.

Ashleigh Marie Symms

Ashleigh Marie is a Mancunian living in Stirling who, after studying English at undergraduate level at The University of Stirling, is now on the MLitt Creative Writing programme there. Her writing focuses on relationships and encapsulating what it means to be human by presenting the connections we make in their rawest and most veracious forms.

David Topliff

David is using education to stave off old age.  Born in Derby, he was raised in Vancouver and unraised in London and Scotland. With his background in drama, music and education, an MLitt seemed like a natural progression.

Matthew Weston

Matthew is originally from Edinburgh but is now happily settled in Stirling. He lost his eyesight at 16 but that hasn’t stopped him from getting a BA (Hons) in English Studies, and a MLitt in Creative Writing from the University of Stirling. When not writing fantasy and sci-fi, he plays guitar and enjoys tabletop role-playing games where he can test out characters and scenarios for future stories.

Alison Williamson

After graduating from an undergraduate Journalism Degree, Alison decided to follow her passion and go into a Masters in Creative Writing. With her writing degree, she plans to publish creative non-fiction stories about the interesting lives of those she encounters. When she is not writing, she is training or playing Ten Pin Bowling for Scotland in different venues around the world. 

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