Louise Gray is the author of Avocado Anxiety and Other Stories About Where your Food is From. As an environmental journalist she is interested in exploring how our food affects the environment around us. Her first book, Ethical Carnivore, looked at the impact of meat on the planet. It won Best Book at the Guild of Food Writers Awards in 2017. In her second book Louise hopes to answer some of the questions about where the rest of our food comes from and how we might eat a more sustainable diet.
Kathleen Jamie is a poet and essayist whose work concerns nature, travel and culture. Her poetry collections include The Overhaul, which won the 2012 Costa Poetry Prize, and The Tree House, which won the Forward prize. Her non-fiction includes the highly regarded Findings, Sightlines, and Surfacing, all regarded as important contributions to the ‘new nature writing’. Her most recent poetry collection, The Bonniest Companie appeared in 2015, and won the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year Award. She is presently serving as Scotland’s Makar.
Bernard MacLaverty was born in Belfast and lived there until 1975 when he moved to Scotland to teach English. He now lives in Glasgow. He is a member of Aosdana in Ireland and has published six collections of short stories and five novels. He has written radio plays, television plays and screenplays. In 2003 he wrote and directed a short film Bye-Child. He has also written libretti for Scottish Opera.
James Oswald is the author of twelve novels in the Edinburgh-based Inspector McLean series. The most recent, All That Lives, was published in February 2022. He is also author of three Constance Fairchild books, No Time To Cry, Nothing To Hide
and the latest, Nowhere To Run. As J D Oswald he has written the five book fantasy epic, The Ballad of Sir Benfro, published by Penguin. In his spare time, James runs a 350 acre livestock farm in Fife, where he raises pedigree Highland cattle.
Sarah Thomas is a writer and filmmaker with a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies. Her films have been screened internationally. She is a contributor to the Dark Mountain journal. Her writing has also appeared in the Guardian and the anthology Women on Nature, edited by Katharine Norbury. In 2020 she was nominated for the Arts Foundation Environmental Writing Award. She was longlisted for the inaugural Nan Shepherd Prize and shortlisted for the 2021 Fitzcarraldo Essay Prize for the proposal for this book. The Raven’s Nest is her debut.
Louise Welsh is the author of nine novels including The Cutting Room, The Plague Times Trilogy and The Second Cut. She has also written short stories, radio features and for the stage. Louise has received numerous awards and international fellowships,
including a Doctor of Arts from the Open University and an honorary fellowship from the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program. She is Professor of Creative Writing at University of Glasgow and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.