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Nice things felt incongruent. Yi hud only tae realise the well-kept secret ae a life that waited fur yi beyond the precipice ae yir ain pointless destruction.

From The Mad Hoose by Graeme Armstrong

Frances Ainslie

Frances Ainslie was a finalist in the 2017 Costa Short Story Award. Her short stories and poetry have been published in magazines and anthologies. Nature lies at the heart of what inspires her. She has recently finished her first novel.  

Graeme Armstrong

Graeme Armstrong is a Times bestselling author from Airdrie. His teenage years were spent within Scotland’s ‘young team’ gang culture. After reading English as an undergraduate at the University ae Stirling, he undertook a MLitt in Creative Writing. His debut, The Young Team, was published by Picador in 2020.

Liam Bell

Liam Murray Bell is Programme Director of the MLitt in Creative Writing. He is the author of two novels, So It Is and The Busker, along with numerous short stories in publications including New Writing ScotlandGutter, Litro and Northwords Now. 

Nathan Breakenridge

Nathan Breakenridge graduated from the University of Stirling’s MLitt Creative Writing programme in 2016, and has since had his work published in Gutter, Neon and Pushing Out the Boat. In 2019, he was shortlisted for the Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award. He now lives in Edinburgh.  

Tricia Golledge  

Working as a tour guide at Stirling Castle, Tricia Golledge is able to make great use of all the skills she learned during her MLitt in Creative Writing from University of Stirling. She enjoys reading and writing crime and history fiction, and lives in Alloa. 

Annie Gough

Annie Gough is a Michigan native and an alumna of the 2017 MLitt in Creative Writing Programme. Her work is featured in The Middle of a Sentence: Short Prose Anthology. She currently lives in Detroit with her rescue dog, Paisley.    

Kirsty Grant

Kirsty Grant completed her MLitt in Creative Writing in 2017. She now writes and publishes under the pseudonym, Eilidh G Clark. During lock-down, she wrote her first full length novel, ‘Little Red Rowing Boat.’ You can find her writing at

Tineke Hegeman

Tineke Hegeman lives in the centre of a complicated Venn diagram; she’s Canadian-American, but grew up in West Africa. Now she lives in the UK, writing about shifting identity, landscape loss, and climate change in West Africa. 

Ruth Howard  

Ruth has a fascination for Folklore and the macabre. She graduated from the University of Stirling in 2020 with an MLitt in Creative Writing. Ruth’s short stories travel along the vein of Folk Horror, but with a Scottish focus. When Ruth is not seeking creative inspiration in the Scottish hills, she enjoys horse riding, watching obscure films, or exploring forgotten industrial spaces in Glasgow, where she lives with her family and two cats.  

Helen MacKinven

Helen MacKinven writes contemporary Scottish fiction and has an MLitt in Creative Writing from University of Stirling. Her short stories have appeared in a number of anthologies, and she is the author of two published novels.  

Kevin MacNeil

Kevin is a leading Scottish novelist, poet, and dramatist. He has performed his work internationally and has won a number of prestigious literary awards. He lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Stirling.  

Kevin McGowan

Kevin McGowan is a writer based in Stirling, Scotland. He has had numerous poems and short stories published. His first chapbook, ‘Eastern Thistles’, was printed by Hybrid Press (Dreich) in 2020.  

Sarah McLean

Sarah McLean graduated from the MLitt in Creative Writing at the University of Stirling in 2018. Since then, she has worked in the television industry in development, operating in a sector where new show ideas are born. Writing is still a huge part of her life, and she is currently editing her first novel.

Maria Theresa Moerman Ib

Maria Theresa Moerman Ib graduated from the MLitt in Creative Writing at the University of Stirling in 2019. She is working towards a PhD in fine art and creative writing at the Glasgow School of Art and University of Glasgow.  

Emma Mooney  

Scottish writer, Emma Mooney believes passionately in giving everyone a voice. She is the author of A Beautiful Game and Wings to Fly, both published by Crooked Cat Books. Her shorter works have appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. Emma graduated from the MLitt in Creative Writing at the University of Stirling in 2018, and is currently working on the edits of her next novel.   

Michael Mullen  

Michael Mullen is a queer spoken word performer, poet and writer from Glasgow.

Chris Powici 

Chris Powici’s writing explores the way that human life and wildlife rub up against each other. His most recent collection of poems is This Weight of Light. He edited the literary magazine Northwords Now from 2010 to 2017 and teaches creative writing for the University of Stirling and The Open University. His new collection Look, Breathe, is due from Red Squirrel Press in 2021. 

Martin Raymond  

Martin is currently writing a novel as part of his PhD studies at the University of Stirling. His stories have appeared in New Writing Scotland 37 and 38 and he has collaborated with the composer Aileen Sweeney on a number of choral projects.  

Lesley Scriven  

Lesley Scriven is an Edinburgh-based writer and illustrator. Her work has been listed for the Scottish Book Trust’s Next Chapter Award and the Mslexia Children’s and YA Novel Competition.  

D.A. Watson  

Widely published Pushcart and People’s Book Prize nominee D.A. Watson is the author of the novels In the Devil’s Name, The Wolves of Langabhat and Cuttin’ Heads, and the short fiction and poetry collection Tales of the What the F*ck.  

Abigail Wing  

Abigail Wing graduated from the University of Stirling in 2018 with an MLitt in Creative Writing. She was awarded the Helen Lamb Prize and the Research Based Learning Prize. Her stories often focus on identity, change, and the everyday.  

Sandy Winterbottom  

Sandy Winterbottom is a recent graduate of the MLitt in Creative Writing Programme at University of Stirling. When not working as a remedial massage therapist, she writes on nature, travel and science. She is currently writing a narrative non-fiction work on the impact of industrial exploitation of the Antarctic. 

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