In The Shadow Of The Hill - '...our first real home-grown sample of modern Highland Noir.' Roger Hutchison, West Highland Free Press
The Birds That Never Flew by Margot McCuaig longlisted for the Polari First Book Prize 2014
A Good Death by Helen Davis is Thriller of the Month at

Lorn Macintyre


Lorn Macintyre was born in Taynuilt, Argyll, in 1942, and lived in Connel at The Square, Dunstaffnage House until the family moved to Tobermory, Mull, when he was a teenager.

He studied at Stirling University and did a doctorate on Sir Walter Scott at Glasgow University. Having worked as a freelance writer and journalist, he spent years as a senior researcher and scriptwriter in BBC Gaelic and English television.

Lorn has drawn extensively on his Highland background in his writings. His Dunstaffnage House years formed the inspiration for a series of novels, Chronicles of Invernevis, about the fortunes of a landed family throughout the 20th century. He has published two collections of short stories, Tobermory Days and Tobermory Tales, about his formative years on Mull, where his father Angus, a poet and raconteur, was the charismatic Gaelic speaking bank manager. His 2012 collection of short stories, Miss Esther Scott's Fancy, celebrates his love, with his wife Mary, of dancing. His novel, The Leaper, published in 2017, is about a Gaelic speaking fisherman who is an outsider in an island community which has lost, or abandoned, its native language. His poetry collection, A Snowball in Summer, celebrates his Highland ancestry, with a long poem recalling his mother's suffering from Dementia.

Allan Martin


Allan Martin worked as a teacher, teacher-trainer and university lecturer, and only turned to writing fiction after taking early retirement.

He lives in Glasgow and with his wife regularly visits the Hebrides and Estonia.

He has had several short stories published, notably in iScot magazine and 404Ink magazine. He has also translated from Estonian a 'closed-room' mystery, The Oracle, originally published in 1937.

Robin Lloyd-Jones


Eighty four year old Robin is an award-winning writer of novels, short stories, non-fiction and radio drama. He has lived in Scotland for most of his adult life. After a childhood spent in India and in the west country of England, he graduated from Cambridge University with an MA degree in Social Anthropology (1960). He was a teacher before being appointed director of Scotland's first curriculum development centre, then becoming an Education Adviser in Strathclyde Region. He took early retirement in 1989 to focus on writing.

From 1991-97 he was a part-time tutor in Creative Writing at Glasgow University and is a former president of The Scottish Association of Writers (1993-96) and of Scottish PEN (1997-2000). For 17 years he chaired Scottish PEN's Writers in Prison Committee (now renamed Writers at Risk), which campaigns on behalf of persecuted writers and champions freedom of expression, and he remains active in this field.

Robin now runs Autumn Voices, the aim of which is to encourage creativity in later life.

Apart from writing, his main interests are mountaineering, sea kayaking, photography and chess. More information can be found at his entry in Who's Who in Scotland. And at: Robin Lloyd-Jones

David Shaw Mackenzie


David Shaw Mackenzie ( is from Easter Ross in the Highlands of Scotland. His several careers have led him to various parts of the Middle East, Latin America, Spain and Italy. He now lives in London with his wife, Rachel. These days he spends his time mostly writing fiction and painting pictures of trees.

He is the author of two critically acclaimed novels, The Truth of Stone (short-listed for the Saltire Society Best Scottish First Book Award) and The Interpretations. His short fiction has appeared in many literary magazines and anthologies, including New Writing Scotland, Stand, Edinburgh Review, Chapman, News from the Republic of Letters and three editions of 'Best Short Stories' anthologies.

Carol Fenlon


Carol Fenlon is a Lancashire novelist whose writing is heavily influenced by place. Her novels and short stories are set in the landscapes of West Lancashire where she lives but also feature the contexts of Liverpool and North Wales. Carol's first novel Consider The Lilies won the Impress Novel Prize in 2007 and many of her published short stories are to be found in the collections, Triple Death and Plotlands. When she is not writing fiction, Carol is a keen gardener and local historian.

Mhairead MacLeod

Mhairead MacLeod

Mhairead MacLeod was raised on the island of South Uist in the Outer Hebrides and in Inverness, Scotland. She now lives in Brisbane, Australia where she is an ethics lawyer and investigator. She has also worked as a university lecturer and holds Masters degrees in Law and in Creative Writing.

An earlier draft of The False Men was short-listed for a HarperCollins Varuna Award for Manuscript Development and won a Hachette Manuscript Development Award.

Andrew C Ferguson


Andrew C Ferguson is a local government solicitor who lives in Fife. He is author of the leading textbook on common good law, and co-author of non-fiction titles Legacy of the Sacred Chalice, and Local Planning Reviews in Scotland. His short fiction has been published widely in magazines and anthologies, including The Hope that Kills Us; Sporty Spec: Games of the Fantastic; A Mosque Among the Stars; and Nova Scotia: New Scottish Speculative Fiction. His poetry has appeared in the magazines Chapman, Brand, Iota, Word Salad Magazine, Gutter and Farrago's Wainscot. He is also a spoken word performer and musician, writing a regular blog at Andrew C Ferguson..

Kevin Scott

Kevin Scott

Kevin Scott graduated from the University of Glasgow Creative Writing MLitt programme with distinction in 2013, and was subsequently shortlisted for the Sceptre Prize.

His short stories have been published in a number of magazines including Octavius, Fractured West and The Rusty Nail. He also previously edited the literary journal From Glasgow to Saturn and is a member of the Glasgow collective G2 Writers.

Away from creative writing he works as a journalist, where he is Business Correspondent for The Herald and editor for a Glasgow-based trade and contract publishing firm.

Gabrielle Barnby

Gabrielle Barnby

Gabrielle Barnby works in a variety of genres including short stories, poetry and children's fiction. She lives with her husband and four children in Orkney, Scotland. Gabrielle's short stories and book reviews have been published in Northwords Now and The Stinging Fly. Various pieces of her poetry and prose are available in local anthologies including Waiting for The Tide, Come Sit at Our Table and Kirkwall Visions, Kirkwall Voices.

Gabrielle also edits monthly writing pages in Living Orkney magazine and runs local writing workshops. She has been commissioned to compose and perform poems at local anniversaries and events and last year performed in the Orkney Storytelling festival.

In 2015 her first collection of short stories The House With The Lilac Shutters was published by ThunderPoint. In the same year she won The George Mackay Brown Short Story competition.

Gabrielle's debut novel will be published by ThunderPoint Publishing in 2017.

More information about her work and occasional pieces of flash fiction can be found on her website She is also on facebook and twitter @GabrielleBarnby.

Craig Watson


Craig Watson is the author of the non-fiction book, The Battle for Hearts and Minds, about Heart of Midlothian FC.

The Bogeyman Chronicles is his first novel.

He is an established journalist who has written extensively for the UK and Scottish national press, and won a number of awards.

In 2002 he set up the Scotnews agency, providing media consultancy and writing services.

Before moving into journalism, he studied Scottish history at Aberdeen University.

Craig Watson says, "As a journalist, with a keen interest in history and politics, I wanted to explore the concept of the 'bogeyman syndrome', the perceived and/or real fears and evils of political and royal rivalry, military intrigue, and the bitter competition between religious and academic scholars, through the history of ordinary people and those not usually featured in the portrayal of a country."

Seonaid Francis, Director of ThunderPoint Publishing writes, "With precise detail and poetic language, and without shying away from the impact of major historical events on the lives of ordinary people, Craig Watson has written an historical novel that brings to life 14th Century Scotland and the origins of a legend we have all grown up with. It is a political thriller, mystery novel and reminder of the consequences that the unrestrained exercise of power and influence can have on a country."

Ethyl Smith


Ethyl Smith is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde Novel Writing course and the Stirling University MLitt Creative Writing course.

Smith has had numerous short stories published in a range of publications, including, Scottish Field, Spilling Ink, Stirling Collective Anthology, Mistaken Identities Anthology (edited by James Robertson) and Gutter Magazine. Ethyl is also winner of the Dragon's Pen for Mixing The Colours, from Glasgow Women's Library.

Ethyl has also been a finalist three times, and winner once, in the Dragons Pen competition, and a Finalist in the Wigtown Book Festival Short Story Competition.

Ethyl Smith says, "I have always liked stories, always admired a good storyteller, longed to become one. As a child I told my stories through pictures. Later as an illustrator I interpreted the words of others before daring to link my own words with my own pictures. In Changed Times I have worked to portray the images of turbulent 17th century Scottish lives in words, and give them their voice."

Seonaid Francis, Director of ThunderPoint Publishing writes, "Ethyl conveys the impact these traumatic events had on individual peoples' lives with clarity and insight, forcing the reader to consider how they would react when ideas and laws they fundamentally disagree with are being imposed on society."

Tim Morrison


Tim Morrison writes with a sharp and uncompromising tone, that draws humour and irony from the darkest scene. QueerBashing is a viciously funny but ultimately moving account of one man's desire to come to terms with himself, and live life as he sees fit.

Tim grew up in Orkney then attended Aberdeen University to study Divinity with the intention of being ordained into the Church of Scotland. He subsequently worked in training and development in Health and Social Care, and now blogs as the @OrkneyVole. He is an active political campaigner, including being the lead applicant in the 'Orkney Four' case brought against Alistair Carmichael MP under the Representation of the People Act.

Outside of Scotland Tim has lived in London and Middlesbrough; since moving back home to Stromness he has written poetry and short prose published locally.

Seonaid Francis, Director of ThunderPoint Publishing says, 'Tim Morrison is unflinching in his portrayal of the consequences of self-indulgence, intolerance and hypocrisy, but delivers QueerBashing with wit and charm that belies the horror of the story.'

Tim's novel QueerBashing will be published in January 2016.

Suzanne d'Corsey


Suzanne d'Corsey graduated from the University of St Andrews in 1982 after studying archaeology and the pagan and Dark Age History of Britain, with an MA in Medieval & Scottish History. She has since returned to the US and now lives in Vermont.

Suzanne took great pleasure in studying the folklore, ballads, and ancient myths of rather obscure Scottish deities, as well as chasing down the elusive practitioners of the "Auld Ways," who bore no resemblance to today's Neo-Pagans. When added to the spectacular Scottish ceilidhs and dances, castles, forests, and the beautiful medieval town of St Andrews that Suzanne enjoyed, this makes for a compelling story in Suzanne's novel, The Bonnie Road.

Suzanne has been published in various literary journals including Chapman, The Arkansas Review, Byline, Libido, and Eclectica. She has also won awards and scholarships for her writing, and a Pushcart nomination for her short story Wee Janet and the Filthy Pagan Heathen Thing.

Her poetry has been published in the Anglican Theological Review, and Poet Magazine, and she has been a fiction editor for Nimrod, International Journal for more than 15 years.

As a playwrite Suzanne has seen success with The Gods of Theatre and Ragnarok, received various theatre awards, commissions, and productions as well as commissions from the Oklahoma Repertory Theatre Company, among others. She was also Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers Conference.

Suzanne's novel, The Bonnie Road will be published in September 2015.

Helen MacKinven

Helen MacKinven

Helen MacKinven writes contemporary Scottish fiction, with a particular interest in exploring themes such as social class and identity, using black comedy and featuring Scots dialect. She graduated with merit from Stirling University with an MLitt in Creative Writing in 2012.

In her day job @HelenMacKinven works with numbers, travelling all over Scotland to deliver teacher training in maths. By night, she plays with words writing short stories and developing ideas for her next novel. Helen's short stories have appeared in a number of anthologies and literary journals, such as Gutter magazine. One of her novels was shortlisted in a UK-wide competition by Hookline Books.

Originally from the Falkirk area, Helen now lives in a small rural village in North Lanarkshire with her husband. She has two grown-up sons but has filled her empty nest with two dogs, two pygmy goats and an ever-changing number of chickens.

Helen's novel, Talk Of The Toun will be published in October 2015.

Ethyl Smith


@EthylSmith is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art & Fellow of Manchester School of Advanced Studies. She also gained an M.Ltt with merit from Stirling University in 2012.

Ethyl followed a carreer in illustrating and design lecturing, before following an interest in holistic therapy & hypnotherapy which she now teaches.

Her short stories have appeared in a range of magazines including Scottish Field, Gutter, Scottish Memories, Mistaken Identities, Mixing the Colours Anthology, Scottish Book Trust Anthology.

Her interest in Scottish language and history, particularly 17th century, led to a trilogy based on covenanting times where greed, power, and religion created a dangerous mix. Part one Changed Times will be published in April 2016.

Jane Taylor

Jane Taylor

Jane Taylor has worked as a journalist and has taught news writing and the history of journalism at a number of universities in and around London, Surrey and Hertfordshire.

An avid reader, she is particularly interested in the uneasy relationship between fiction and the reporting of 'reality'.

Gaining a doctorate in creative and critical writing from the University of East Anglia allowed her to explore themes of loss, memory and the blurring of genre boundaries, all of which she intends to pursue further as she develops her own fiction.

Her ideas are fuelled by travel, walking, her academic work, and a broad experience of people gained through all sorts of casual jobs such as waitressing, volunteering at a homeless shelter and hosting retreats.

She was runner-up in the Long Barn Books competition (author Susan Hill's publishing company) for first time writers in 2006 and has published a short story in 'Pretext', the literary magazine.

Helen Forbes

Helen Forbes

Helen Forbes is a civil litigation solicitor in her home town of Inverness, specialising in social welfare law. She has also lived and worked in Edinburgh, Fife, and the Outer Hebrides, where she edited Am Paipear, an award winning community newspaper. Prior to studying law at the University of Edinburgh Helen was a veterinary nurse in Inverness and at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh.

A member of the Highland Literary Salon and the Edinburgh Writers' Club, Helen has had short stories published in Northwords Now and the Global Shorts Anthology. She has also had success in national and international writing competitions, having been highly commended by the Highland and Island Short Story Association, Neil Gunn Writing Competition and Scottish Association of Writers. She has just completed a novel set in 18th century St Kilda, and is now starting work on a sequel to In the Shadow of the Hill.

Jackie McLean

Jackie McLean

Jackie McLean, a former government economist and political lobbyist from Arbroath, has more recently run her own business in Glasgow. She is now working on a PhD, at Strathclyde University, in fisheries science.

Toxic was shortlisted for the Yeovil Literary Prize in 2011 and Jackie has also been longlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize.

Write All About It - Jackie's blog

Helen Davis

H Davis Copyright Image Anna Miescicka-Lidderdale

Helen Davis, formerly an academic and lecturer at the University of Sunderland, is author of Understanding Stuart Hall (the Sociologist and former editor of New Left Review who famously coined the term 'Thatcherism').

Helen Davis is now a complementary therapist on Orkney and has turned her hand to fiction. Her short story A Kind of Justice made the short-list for the 2012 Crime Writing Competition of the OrkCrime Festival, judged by bestselling crime writer Ann Cleeves.

A Good Death is Thriller of the Month at in June 2014 and has received a rave review from

Margot McCuaig

Margot McCuaig

@MargotMcCuaig is Managing Director of mneTV and has produced and directed numerous programmes for the BBC and other organisations. She has previously written newspaper columns and TV/documentary scripts on subjects relating to social history.

Margot is co-owner of digital TV company purpleTV, and has developed a suite of innovative interactive apps called purpleTrails. The first product to launch, the Edinburgh Book Trail, invites users to explore the rich literary heritage of the Scottish Capital city. purpleTrails is a Major Sponsor of the 2013 Edinburgh International Book Festival.

The Birds That Never Flew was shortlisted for the 2012 Dundee International Book Prize, under its working title of The Dandelion Clock. The Dundee International Book Prize is supported by the University of Dundee and Dundee: One City Many Discoveries campaign. The 2012 competition was one of the most hotly contested years of the prize, with 500 entries from across the globe.

Margot McCuaig is listed at number 5 in the Forensic Outreach list Successors to the Greats: The Top 50 Best Crime Writers To Watch in 2014. The Birds That Never Flew is described as '...a hit about two women, revenge, abuse and the resilience of the human spirit.'

Huw Francis

Mule Train

Born and raised in Swansea, Huw Francis has travelled the world and incorporated his experiences into his books and career.

He has travelled, lived and worked in Asia and Europe for many years, and built the experience of travelling through Pakistan and Afghanistan into Mule Train.

Huw has authored a number of non-fiction books, contributed to others and written extensively on the subject of living and working internationally, before turning his hand to fiction with an international flavour. He now lives on an island off the west coast of Scotland.

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