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  • John Aberdein
    John Aberdein

    John Aberdein born in Aberdeen, has worked as fisherman, teacher and political campaigner in North-East Scotland, London, Fife, Hampshire, the West Coast and Orkney. John Aberdein's early stories were edited by Duncan McLean in Ahead of Its Time (Jonathan Cape, 1987) John Aberdein's story

  • Leila Aboulela
    Leila Aboulela

    Born: 1964 in Khartoum, Sudan First Book: The Translator (Polygon, 1999) Awards: Long-listed for the Orange Prize and IMPAC Prize for The Translator ; won the Caine Prize for African Writing for The Museum ; short-listed for the Orange Prize for Minaret . Leila Aboulela was born

  • James Adair
    James Adair

    James Adair read Modern History at the University of St Andrews. He worked for two years as the editor of the Alderney Journal, perhaps the world’s smallest paid-for newspaper, wrote a column in the Guernsey Press and wrote freelance articles for The Times’ Books and News

  • Aeneas MacDonald & Ian Buxton
    Aeneas MacDonald & Ian Buxton

    Aeneas MacDonald was the pseudonym under which noted author and journalist George Malcolm Thomson OBE wrote his one legendary book on the subject of whisky. He was also one of the founders of Porpoise Press. He died in 1996. Ian Buxton has been working in and around the whisky industry

  • Peter Aitchison
    Peter Aitchison

    Peter Aitchison A native of Eyemouth, Peter was a senior news editor with the BBC for twenty years and now works for the University of Glasgow.

  • Peter Aitchison and Andrew Cassell
    Peter Aitchison and Andrew Cassell

    Peter Aitchison worked as a news journalist with the BBC for twenty years. He is currently Media Relations Officer at Glasgow University. He has written a number of books, including Black Friday : The Eyemouth Fishing Disaster of 1881 and The Noblest Work of God . Before setting up CD Media,

  • Alan Taylor
    Alan Taylor

    Alan Taylor has been a journalist for over 30 years. He was deputy and managing editor at the Scotsman , and for the last 15 years has been Writer-at-Large for the Sunday Herald . He has contributed to numerous publications, including The TLS , The New Yorker and The Melbourne Age , and

  • Carlos Alba
    Carlos Alba

    Following a 20 year career in journalism Carlos Alba now runs a public relations consultancy, providing communications advice and training to companies and organisations. He spent 10 years at the Sunday Times, including four as Scotland Editor, and has been political editor at the Daily Record and

  • Derek Alexander
    Derek Alexander

    Derek Alexander was brought up in Neilston, East Renfrewshire. He qualified from University of Edinburgh with an MA Honours degree in Archaeology and then an MPhil study on the 'Later prehistoric and proto-historic settlement of west central Scotland' . He went on to work for the Centre for Field

  • Charlie Allan
    Charlie Allan

    Charlie Allan was born in Stirling and was brought up on the farms of Aberdeenshire before going to Aberdeen University, where he graduated with a first in economics. He taught economics in Glasgow, Strathclyde and St Andrews Universities until 1974 when he gave up academic life to return to his