We are delighted to launch our second podcast on the theme of Shakespeare Doesn’t Exist. You can stream it now via Soundcloud.
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Here is a rundown of our contributors:
Rachel Rankin has been doing spoken word for about 4 years but has been writing a lot longer than that. She has performed at shows and competitions all across the UK, including being part of the winning team for Unislam, the UK’s first inter-university poetry slam, in 2013. She has also been involved with a poetry collective in Bergen, Norway, and has performed with them in many shows. She hosts and organisers for Soapbox, Edinburgh University’s open-mic night. When she’s not doing poetry she is either reading about Vikings or crying over her future career prospects as a graduate of English Literature and Scandinavian Studies.
Born in County Durham, Martin Malone now lives in Scotland. He has published two poetry collections: The Waiting Hillside (Templar, 2011) and Cur (Shoestring, 2015). An Honorary Research Fellow in Creative Writing at Aberdeen University, he is currently studying for a Ph.D in poetry at Sheffield University. He edits The Interpreter’s House poetry journal.
Having written verse since primary school, evolving through teen-angst poems and emotional outpourings, Annaliza Davis now spends most of her writing hours producing magazine features and tourism pieces but shoe-horns in sufficient hours to publish short stories and the occasional verse. Based in France since 2004, her passion for writing is consistently challenged by very real concerns such as paying bills and spending time with her family. The truth is, she spends more time with her laptop than her husband and more hours dealing with email than writing up any 4am flashes of inspiration. It is strongly hoped that this will change during 2016.
Nick Brooks is a novelist and poet who lives and works in Glasgow. He has twice won a Scottish Arts Council (now Creative Scotland) Writer’s Award, and most recently was awarded a stipend by the Royal Literary Fund. He has published three novels to date; My Name Is Denise Forrester (2005), and The Good Death (2007), both Weidenfeld & Nicolson, and Indecent Acts with Freight (2014). Forthcoming works include a collection of erotic haiku, called Sexy Haiku, due in 2015 through Freight, and a first collection of poetry, The Dog in the Disco, through Dive Buki in Slovakia, also due this year sometime. When not more gainfully employed, Nick is a full-time stalker with a pronounced limp.
Stephen Barnaby was raised by stoats and taught to communicate entirely through fifty snuffly, grunty noises, which he has successfully and randomly rearranged into two pamphlets, Self Loathing Ostrich Tragedy and It was Happy Hour at the Nutty Nun. He has worked hard at expanding his repertoire, culminating in last year’s naked appearances in the videos for ‘Wrecking Ball’ and ‘Blurred Lines.’ He insists, though, that he is emphatically not the plaything of an industry hell-bent on sexually objectifying bespectacled grey-haired men in their mid-forties. He can be contacted by leaving breadcrumbs in woodland clearings and hiding behind a tree.
Alasdair Stewart Goudie was born in this particular universe on July 19th, 1998, intolerant to dairy and vegan and artistically inclined, and has since been unable to shut up about any of those things. He plans to be a Creative Writing lecturer and writer, so has been aware of how much of a pipe dream his career plans are long before his peers. His favourite writers are Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, and other white British males with fantasy leanings, although some days he might read a book by a Jamaican author and post about the lack of racial diversity in publishing on Tumblr. He also speaks in the third person, as is evident by all prior.
Ian Richardson has been reading books and comics for years. Eventually, inevitably, he started writing. The first piece he ever wrote won a competition but he’s not been able to maintain that 100% success rate. He did have two pieces of poetry published in RAUM poetry magazine in 2015 and was overall winner in the Scottish Borders Waverley Lines contest.. Ian enjoys writing bios in the third person, drinks a lot of coffee, doesn’t sleep much and is currently supposed to be working on the sequel to his e-book on Jukepop.
Max Scratchmann is one half of the Poetry Circus as well as being an illustrator, writer and performer. He was a big hit at the Edinburgh Festival with his one-man-show, Moving Pictures, and was one of the four Inky Fingers’ Poets on a Bus at the Edinburgh History Festival. He is a co-founder of FREAK Circus magazine and lives in Edinburgh in a depressingly cat-free household.
Zanetta Denny is an aspiring writer from West London. She is developing a zine called Creolita. She graduated from King’s College London in 2009 with a degree in European Studies and French and holds an NCTJ in Newspaper Journalism in 2013. She loves Gabriel García Márquez and Arundhati Roy.