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Neil Mackay, journalist & author
Season 1, Ep. 60
Neil Mackay is a multi-award winning investigative journalist, newspaper executive, non-fiction author, radio broadcaster, film-maker and novelist. He has won around two dozen national and international awards for his newspaper journalism, while his last film, an investigation into the rise of the far right in Europe and America, was nominated for a BAFTA. His book, The War on Truth, which investigated the roots of the invasion of Iraq, was published in the UK and USA. He has also written two novels – All the Little Guns Went Bang Bang Bang – set in Antrim, Nothern Ireland in the early 1980s – and The Wolf Trial, a historical epic set in 16th century Germany, and inspired by the true story of a man whose crimes were so great he was thought to be a werewolf.
Sarah Smith, writer
Season 1, Ep. 59
Sarah Smith is a writer who has lived in the West End of Glasgow since she came to the University of Glasgow to study English in the 1980s. She has had a wide range of jobs: student support officer at a university; co-ordinator of an advocacy project for disabled people; a tutor in community education; a family history researcher; and a tutor for school pupils sitting SQA exams.Sarah’swork, short stories and poetry,hasappearedinjournals and anthologies including,New Writing Scotland, Flashback Fiction, Gilded DirtandFrom Glasgow to Saturn.In 2018 she completed an MLitt (Distinction) in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgowandwent on to gaina Scottish Book Trust New Writers Awardin 2019.Sarah is on the brink of publishing ahistorical crime novel,Hear No Evil,whichis set in early nineteenth-century Glasgow and Edinburgh and is inspired by the real-life case of the firstDeaf person to be tried in a Scottish court.
Polly Clark, writer
Season 1, Ep. 58
Polly Clark is an award-winning novelist and poet who has published four collections of poetry and two novels. Her first novel, Larchfield, is based on the short period the poet WH Auden spent as a teacher in Helensburgh, and the novel garnered much praise from, among others, Richard Ford, Lous de Bernieres and Margaret Atwood.Her second novel, Tiger, was published in 2019, and tells the story of a dynasty of Siberian tigers and the people who live alongside them. It was shortlisted for the Saltire Scottish Fiction Book of the year Award, while the paperback edition is released in November 2020.
Jonathan Whitelaw, writer
Season 1, Ep. 57
Jonathan Whitelaw is an author, journalist and broadcaster. After working on the frontline of Scottish politics, he moved into journalism. Subjects he has covered have varied from breaking news, the arts, culture and sport to fashion, music and even radioactive waste - with everything in between. He's also a regular reviewer and talking head on shows for the BBC.HellCorp and The Man in the Dark, from Urbane Publications, are his second and third novels following his critically acclaimed debut, Morbid Relations.
Ed Needham, magazine publisher
Season 1, Ep. 56
Ed Needham is the editor and publisher of Strong Words, a great new magazine about great new books.He was previously the editor of the million-selling FHM magazine back in the 1990s, and then moved to New York to launch and edit that title before becoming managing editor of Rolling Stone magazine, and editor-in-chief of US Maxim, then the biggest-selling men’s magazine in the world.You can check out the excellent Strong Words magazine and subscribe on their website www.strong-words.co.uk
Jane Hamilton, crime reporter
Season 1, Ep. 55
Jane Hamilton is an award-winning crime reporter, with over 20 years' experience. Before that, she was a full-time teenage mum-of-two, and a part-time student, while she also worked as a model, barmaid, a TV extra and a newspaper sub-editor. Her first proper journalism job was at the Edinburgh Evening News, having first volunteered at her local free paper. She has worked on all of the national newspapers over the years, and for the past six years she has worked for the Daily Record.
Cathy Rentzenbrink, writer
Season 1, Ep. 54
Cathy Rentzenbrink is the author of The Last Act of Love and A Manual for Heartache and most recently Dear Reader: The Comfort and Joy of Books, which is published by Picador and came out in September 2020.She speaks and writes regularly on life, death, love, literature, literacy and mental health, and is often to be found doing bookish events at festivals, in shops and libraries, and in prisons. In previous lives Cathy worked for The Bookseller, The Reading Agency, Quick Reads, Waterstones and The Bell & Crown Inn. Despite her books being shortlisted for various prizes, the only thing Cathy has ever won is the Snaith and District Ladies Darts Championship when she was 17. She is now sadly out of practice.
Alison Irvine, writer
Season 1, Ep. 53
Alison Irvine is a writer whose debut novel, This Road Is Red, was shortlisted for the Saltire First Book of the Year Award. Her latest novel, Cat Step, will be published in November 2020 by Dead Ink Books.She also works collaboratively as part of Recollective, with photographer, Chris Leslie, and artist, Mitch Miller, and their project, Nothing Is Lost, recorded the impact of the 2014 Commonwealth Games on residents in Glasgow's East End. Among other projects is Barrowlands Ballads - telling the untold stories on the iconic venue in Glasgow's Gallowgate.
Doug Johnstone, writer
Season 1, Ep. 52
Doug Johnstone is a writer, musician and journalist based in Edinburgh. His twelfth novel, The Big Chill, was published by Orenda Books in August 2020. His previous novel, A Dark Matter, was longlisted for the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Novel of the Year. His other books include Breakers and The Jump, Gone Again and Hit & Run.Doug has been Writer in Residence with William Purves Funeral Directors. He is also a Royal Literary Fund Consultant Fellow, and was RLF Fellow at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh 2014-2016. Doug was also Writer in Residence at the University of Strathclyde 2010-2012 and before that worked as a lecturer in creative writing there. He’s had short stories appear in various publications and anthologies, and since 1999 he has worked as a freelance arts journalist, primarily covering music and literature. Doug has a degree in physics, a PhD in nuclear physics and a diploma in journalism.Doug is one of the co-founders of the Scotland Writers Football Club, for whom he also puts in a shift in midfield as player-manager. He is also a singer, musician and songwriter, with three solo EPs and five albums in various bands to his name. He plays drums for the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers, a crime writing supergroup featuring Val McDermid, Mark Billingham, Chris Brookmyre, Stuart Neville and Luca Veste.