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  • R D S Jack and P A T Rozendaal
    R D S Jack and P A T Rozendaal

    Professor Jack retired in 2004 as chair of Scottish and Medieval Literature at the University of Edinburgh. He became Emeritus Professor the same year. He has authored eight books and edited two others. Among them are The Italian Influence on Scottish Literature , Alexander Montgomerie , and

  • Jackie Jones
    Jackie Jones

    Jackie Jones has worked at Edinburgh University Press for many years. In addition to her publishing career, she has undertaken numerous vegan cookery, restaurant-level courses and masterclasses in the UK, and has a Vegan Diploma and Advanced Vegan Diploma from Demuths Cookery School, Bath.

  • Violet Jacob
    Violet Jacob

    Violet Jacob , nee Kennedy-Erskine, (1863-1946) was born at the family home at Dun near Montrose on the north-east coast of Scotland, where her family had lived since the fifteenth-century. In 1894 she married Arthur Jacob, an Irish officer serving in the British Army. They lived in India for four

  • James MacMillan
    James MacMillan

    Sir James MacMillan has written works for, amongst many others, the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, The King’s Singers and The Sixteen. His music has been

  • Kathleen Jamie & Brigid Collins
    Kathleen Jamie & Brigid Collins

    Kathleen Jamie ’s poetry collections to date include The Overhaul which won the 2012 Costa Poetry Prize and The Tree House , which won the Scottish Book of the Year Award. Her non-fiction includes the highly regarded volumes Findings and Sightlines . She is Professor of Poetry at

  • Jane Menczer
    Jane Menczer

    Jane Menczer lives in Cambridge and teaches drama at a local comprehensive school. She won an Escalator Literature Award and a Grant for the Arts to help fund the completion of An Unlikely Agent , which is her first novel.   Q & A with Jane Menczer 

  • Jane Smith
    Jane Smith

    Jane Smith was born in Sussex. After gaining a degree in Zoology, she became a wildlife film-maker for the BBC Natural History Unit and National Geographic, winning an Emmy for her work. When her children were born she changed direction, creating wildlife artwork as another way of

  • Bill Janovitz
    Bill Janovitz

    Bill Janovitz is a singer, guitarist and songwriter in the band Buffalo Tom. He has also released four solo albums. He wrote Exile on Main Street about the iconic Stones album and has written extensively for the All Music Guide online site. He lives in Massachusetts with his family.

  • Jason Henderson
    Jason Henderson

    Jason Henderson began writing for Athletics Weekly in 1995 and has edited the magazine since 2001. Aged 45, he has covered four Olympics and written about athletics in The Sunday Times , Observer , Guardian , The Times and GQ . His passion for athletics was ignited as a teenager in the

  • Robin Jenkins
    Robin Jenkins

    Born: 1912 in Flemington, near Cambuslang Died: 2005 First Book: So Gaily Sings the Lark (Maclellan, 1951) Awards: Awarded an OBE in 1999; received a Lifetime Achievement award from the Saltire Society in 2002. John Robin Jenkins was born in the village of Flemington, near Cambuslang in

  • Jenni Fagan
    Jenni Fagan

    Jenni Fagan is an author, poet, screenwriter, essayist and a playwright. She has won awards from Arts Council England, Dewar Arts, and Scottish Screen, among others. She has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize, the Desmond

  • Jim Carruth
    Jim Carruth

    Jim Carruth was born in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, and grew up on his family’s farm near Kilbarchan. His first chapbook collection Bovine Pastoral was published in 2004. Since then he has brought out a further five chapbooks and an illustrated fable. He has won both the James McCash

  • Joe Dick
    Joe Dick

    A seasoned bar manager with an encyclopaedic knowledge of beer, Joe Dick studied English and Journalism an Napier University, Edinburgh before going to manage a number of bars in the city and studying for a Diploma in Distilling. He contributes to a number of blogs on drinks, including The

  • Joe Dick & Nikki Welch
  • Joe Pieri
    Joe Pieri

    Joe Pieri is the author of several successful books including Tales of the Savoy, Isle of the Displaced and The Big Men . Other books published by Mercat Press are The Scots-Italians: Recollections of an Immigrant, River of Memory and Wheel of Fortune , of which he was the co-author.

  • John Dickson Carr
    John Dickson Carr

    John Dickson Carr was born in 1906 in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, the son of a lawyer. While at school and college, he wrote ghost, detective and adventure stories. After studying law, he headed to Paris in 1928. Once there, he lost any desire to study law and soon turned to writing crime fiction

  • John Griffiths
    John Griffiths

    John Griffiths is Britain’s foremost rugby historian and has worked as consultant on numerous books on the subject as well as authoring many himself, including British Lions , Rugby’s Strangest Matches , Rugby’s Greatest Characters , Behind the Dragon: Playing Rugby for

  • John L. Matthews
    John L. Matthews

    John L Matthews is a film-maker whose production company, Bigger Picture Films, created the BBC documentary, Grand Prix: The Killer Years , which was long-listed for a BAFTA.

  • Derek John Patrick
    Derek John Patrick

    Derek J. Patrick completed a PhD at the University of St Andrews and has contributed to several publications as well as writing The History of the Scottish Parliament, Vol II: Parliament and Politics in Scotland 1567–1702. He is now a research fellow at the University of Dundee.

  • John Rain
    John Rain

    John Rain is a Bond fanatic, and the host of the cult podcast Smersh Pod. He lives in Sussex in an abandoned volcano.

  • John W. Arthur
    John W. Arthur

    Born in Edinburgh, John Arthur graduated from the University of Toronto before returning to Scotland to complete a PhD in physics at the University of Edinburgh. He spent most of his career specialising in electronic and microwave technology developments for communications and radar. In

  • Samuel Johnson and James Boswell
    Samuel Johnson and James Boswell

    Samuel Johnson became famous as a poet and a moral essayist before completing his most famous project, The Dictionary of the English Language . James Boswell met Samuel Johnson in 1763, when the two began their trip around the Hebrides, and is celebrated not only as Johnson’s biographer but

  • Jonathan Wills & Mike McDonnell (editors)
  • Stephen Jones and Nick Cain
    Stephen Jones and Nick Cain

    Stephen Jones is a multi award-winning The Sunday Times rugby correspondent and world-renowned rugby expert. He is the author of several books on the sport, including Endless Winter: Inside Story of the Rugby Revolution which won the prestigious William Hill Sports Book of the Year award.

  • Stephen Jones, Tom English, Nick Cain and David Barnes
    Stephen Jones, Tom English, Nick Cain and David Barnes

    Stephen Jones is a multi award-winning The Sunday Times rugby correspondent and world-renowned rugby expert. He is the author of several books on the sport, including Lion Man: The Autobiography of Ian McGeechan, Midnight Rugby: Triumph and Shambles in the Professional Era , and Endless

  • Christopher Jory
    Christopher Jory

    Christopher Jory was born in 1968 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He spent his early childhood in Barbados, Venezuela and finally Oxfordshire. He did a degree in English Literature and Philosophy at Leicester University and then worked as an English teacher for the British Council and other

  • Judith McClure