Festival who’s who

This MAIN TAB is a comprehensive list of authors ‘appearing’ at the First Edinburgh Ebook Festival. Those who play a more active or frequent part have their own festival page which you can click to from here or the drop down menu.   

There are onward links (and where appropriate buying links) for each author. Sometimes individual links (esp buing links) may not work but if you go to the Amazon Author Page (where it exists) you’ll be able to see all that author’s work under one roof. And some of the links don’t work UNTIL the event in which the author features actually (or virtually) happens. Don’t worry, this list is here for the duration so call back and familiarise yourself with the authors taking part.


Askew, Paul features in Poetry

Ayris, Stuart Born in the summer of 1969 in Dagenham, Stuart found school was largely unproductive but enjoyable, setting him up for something of a wayward but interesting life! On leaving school he had various jobs before becoming a psychiatric nurse. He has published three ebook novels: A Cleansing of Souls, Tollesbury Time Forever and most recently The Bird That Nobody Sees  Visit Stuart’s Amazon Author Page  Stuart Features in Auld Lums  (Aug 27)

Black, Pat Born and raised in Glasgow, Pat Black is a journalist and author of novels and short stories.  Many of his stories appear in his collection,Suckerpunch Pat Features inShort Stories  (Aug 16) 

Michele Brenton (aka Banana the Poet) features in Poetry 

Broom, Gavin Born in Falkirk, Gavin Broom now lives in Michigan. He has been published over fifty times online and in print, and he edits fiction for The Waterhouse Review  Gavin Features in Short Stories (Aug 12)

Brough, Alan Born and brought up in Glasgow, Alan Brough now lives in London.  He is the author of many short stories, both published and unpublished. Alan Features in Short Stories  (Aug 27) 

Carroll, Jo. Jo Carroll writes travel books, with forays into fiction and poetry. This, after thirty years in Child Protection and several professional publications to her name. She gave that up to go travelling for a year, and wrote about her experiences in Over the Hill and Far Away. A more recent trip to Nepal, entitled HIDDEN TIGER RAGING MOUNTAIN will be available in autumn 2012. She has published short stories in Scribble and The Yellow Room. Jo’s website is: http://www.jocarroll.co.uk

Jo appears at the festival in Beyond Fiction (Aug 24) 

Crawford, Andrew McCallum see festival PAGE

Czerkawska, Catherine see festival PAGE

Czerkawski, Charlie Son of Catherine, Charlie is a video games designer. A Professional Masters Graduate of the University of Abertay and co-founder of  the company Guerilla Tea He has also epublished  Breaking into Video Game Design, a Beginner’s Guide and is keen to work with writers in interactive games design. Visit Charlie’s Amazon Author Page Charlie Features in @the Festival(Aug 24,) Beyond Fiction (Aug 25)

Duffy, Myra. A well published author of non-fiction, Myra has also been writing fiction for as long as she can remember (winning a national competition when she was thirteen) but has recently turned to a life of crime. A writing life, I hasten to add, and ‘cosy crime’ at that.Myra’s ebook publications are: Last Ferry to ButeThe House at Ettrick Bay and From Mars to Earth.Myra’s website is   http://www.myraduffy.co.uk and  blogs at   http://myraduffy-awriterslot.blogspot.com. Visit Myra’s Amazon Author Page   Myra Features in Auld Lums (Aug 24th )

Gemmell, Rosemary see Festival PAGE

Gillard, Linda see Festival PAGE

Gisby, Brendan see Festival PAGE

Penny Goring features  in Poetry 

Hamley, Dennis see Festival PAGE  

Hobson, Anna features in Poetry

Holloway, Dan see Festival PAGE

Horton, Janice. Janice lives in a small cottage on the side of a hillside in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. She says that the Scottish mist, the diffused light, the ancient castles and old traditions that surround her, inspire her stories and fire her imagination. Previously traditionally published and now writing as an Indie, Janice writes light and entertaining romantic novels with dark humour. Look out for her Amazon Kindle bestselling ebooks ‘Bagpipes & Bullshot’ and ‘Reaching for the Stars’. Janice is a regular blogger and you’ll also find her on Twitter. When not writing novels, Janice writes lifestyle articles and has had work published in national and international magazines and regional newspapers.  She has also been involved in BBC Scotland’s ‘Write Here Write Now’ project and speaks at writer events on The Business of Writing. She is a member of the Romantic Novelist’s Association and is also a Featured Author and Editor of The Review Chair at the innovative author/reader magazine style website Loveahappyending.comAuthor Blog: http://www.janicehortonwriter.blogspot.co.uk  Like her Author Facebook Page  Follow her on Twitter: @JaniceHorton  Featured Author & Associate Editor at: Loveahappyending.com. Visit Janice’s Amazon Author Page Janice features in Auld Lums (Aug 14)

Jones, Julia see Festival PAGE

Jones, Kathleen. Kathleen was brought up on a remote farm in the English Lake District before going off to London as a teenager to discover how to become a writer.  She married early and then went to live in the middle east and Africa where she got the opportunity to work in broadcasting. She came back to England as a single parent and began writing for a living.  She has been published by several of the traditional publishing firms, and has also self-published four e-books.   She writes a mixture of poetry, fiction and biography as well as occasional book reviewing and journalism.  She tutors creative writing at university level, and also does  mentoring and consultancy work. Her partner is a sculptor working in Italy, so she splits her time between there and North East England. Kathleen’s website is   http://www.kathleenjones.co.uk and she blogs http://www.kathleenjonesauthor.blogspot.com Visit Kathleen’s Amazon Author Page  Kathleen appears at the festival in Beyond Fiction (Aug 24)

Kirton, Bill  see Festival PAGE

Lathar, K.D.  Kamal is a writer, artist, cook. He believes you have one life but it is best to get on with it. After four decades on earth, he decided he had something to say about life, death, inner demons, the darkness in our souls and the magic that surrounds us all, hence The Changeling Saga. The Changeling and The Eternal Well are both available from Amazon.Kamal’s website is www.tarragonpublishing.com  Or follow Kamal on Twitter at @nowanderer. Visit K.D.Lathar’s Amazon Author Page  Kamal features in Beyond Fiction (Aug 13) 

Logan, John A.A. John has written five novels and his first published on ebook, THE SURVIVAL OF THOMAS FORD took the epublishing world by storm this year on Amazon.  John also writes short stories and has been widely published by PICADOR, VINTAGE, EDINBURGH REVIEW, CHAPMAN, NORTHWORDS, NOMAD, SECRETS OF A VIEW, and SCRATCHINGS; with reviews of his work in SCOTTISH STUDIES REVIEW, SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY, THE SPECTATOR, and THE HINDUSTAN TIMES. He is currently working on Storm Damage, a collection of short stories which will be e-published in the autumn. His work has been published internationally in anthologies edited by A L Kennedy, John Fowles, Ali Smith, Toby Litt; and he has been invited to read his work at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. He wrote monthly columns and film reviews for the magazine, 57 NORTH, in Aberdeen, where he was also president of Aberdeen University’s Creative Writing Society for three years, while attaining his MA (Hons) English degree there, which included study under the novelist, William McIlvanney. John’s website is  www.johnaalogan.com Follow him on Twitter @johnaalogan. Visit John Logan’s Amazon Author Page  John Features in Auld Lums  (Aug 26)

Longmuir, Chris see Festival PAGE

MacRoary, Jack. Known locally as the Bard of DrumTumshie, Jack is the epublishing sensation of this years festival season. His ‘5 Questions for the Digital Masses’ will be published in ebook format to mark the close of our festival.  Jack will be appearing at the festival hosting the Conference Commentary slot from Aug 17-21 inclusive at 12.30pm

McCallum, Kevin Born in Dumbarton, Kevin McCallum now lives across the water in Paisley.  He writes mostly short stories with the odd poem thrown in.  More of his work can be read on his blog here Kevin Features in Short Stories (Aug 22)

McGroarty, John was born in Glasgow and now lives in Barcelona, where he works as an English teacher.  He has been writing short stories for many years.  His acclaimed long short story Rainbow is a McStorytellers publication. John Features in Short Stories (Aug 23) 

McKay, Carol see Festival PAGE 

McPherson, Alasdair Originally from Dalmuir, Alasdair McPherson is now retired and living in exile in Lincolnshire.  He writes short stories and novels, the latest of which is Thoth: Divine Words  Alasdair Features in Short Stories (Aug 26)

Needle, Jan see Festival PAGE  

Percy, Anna features in poetry

Phillips, Cally see Festival PAGE  

Rathore, Sian S. features in Poetry 

Ross, Orna . Orna worked for 20 years in writing and publishing in Dublin, Ireland — first as a journalist and editor, then running a writing school and literary agency, all the while writing features, poems and books, including novels.After a hiatus due to illness and a move to London, in 2011, she reclaimed her publishing rights from Penguin, in order to strike out  as an independent author. This led to her founding The Alliance of Independent Authors. Orna’s ebook pubilcations to date are the two part family saga After the Rising and Before the Fall  and the newly published Blue Mercy as well as a poetry collection Ten Poems  and Inspiration Meditation Visit Orna’s  Amazon author page  Orna will appear at the festival in Beyond Fiction (Aug 24)  and @the Festival (Aug 25)

Schiller, Neil features in poetry

Shoor Caan, Angus  is in an ex-seaman and rail worker.  Born and bred in Saltcoats, he returned to Scotland after many years in England and found the time to begin writing.  He has written a poetry collection and several novels, the latest of which is Violet Hiccup Angus Features in Short Stories (Aug 24) 

Smith, Mary.  Mary Smith is a writer, poet and freelance journalist based in Dumfries & Galloway in south west Scotland. She grew up here but moved away and spent ten years working for Oxfam in Lancashire followed by another ten years working in Pakistan and Afghanistan on leprosy and mother and child health projects. She’s already been back in her home town of Castle Douglas for over ten years – which is perhaps why her feet start itching from time to time. Her first book, a narrative non-fiction called Before The Taliban: Living with War, Hoping for Peace, is about to be re-published (November 2012) by Indigo Dreams under a new title, Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni. Indigo Dreams is also publishing, in September, her first full length poetry collection, Thousands Pass Here Every Day. Her novel, No More Mulberries is set in Afghanistan and as well as being a great story, it allows readers the chance a glimpse into the ordinary every-day life for Afghans never shown by the western media. Mary’s novel No More Mulberries is available as an ebook.  Mary’s website is http://www.marysmith.co.uk/ and she  blogs at http://www.novelpointsofview.co.uk/ Visit Mary’s Amazon Author Page Mary appears at the festival in Auld Lums (Aug 22)

Snell-Pym, Sarah features in poetry

Staniland, Andrew Andrew Staniland has dedicated his life to the art of writing poetry in the Romantic tradition of English poetry. He is a contemporary Romantic poet, whose poems are classical in style and whose source of inspiration is contemporary spiritual practice. Andrew was born in Sheffield in 1959. He studied Politics at the University of Durham. Since graduating in 1980, he has worked part time, devoting most of his time to writing, to his imagination, to meditation and inner exploration. He matured as a poet in his mid-forties, writing two collections, two story poems and two prose- poem novels, as well as editing three books of the best of his work from the previous twenty years. He has since completed a new collection, The Perennial Poetry (2011).Andrew has self-published a number of books, in commercial and private editions. His poems have been published in various magazines and anthologies. He has had a play performed on the London Fringe. And he has written and directed a short film which was screened at various festivals. Andrew’s website is http://www.andrewstaniland.co.uk/ Visit Andrew’s Amazon Author Page Andrew Features in Auld Lums (Aug 27)

Tarnofsky, Peter  see Festival PAGE 

Warren,Rosalie see Festival PAGE

Wright, Stewart was born in Dumfries.  He is the author of many short stories, both published and unpublished.Stewart features in Short Stories (Aug 25) 

We will also be featuring the work and opinions of:

Golden Duck, HoAmPresst, Skinback, Wordarts, Guerilla Tea, Philistine Press, Crooked Cat Publishing, McStorytellers, Humongous, Alli, Authors Electric, and Wee Fictions. They’ll be flagged up on the Early Bird Tweet/Post on the relevant day.