Rodge Glass is the award-winning author of eight books across fiction and nonfiction. His biography of Alasdair Gray, whose novel Poor Things has recently been adapted into a major new film, won a Somerset Maugham Award for nonfiction. Now Rodge is about to publish his own autobiographical memoir, Joshua in the Sky, a chapter of which won the 2023 Anne Brown Essay Prize. Set across England and Scotland, the book tells the story of one man’s attempt to come to make sense of the death of his nephew from a rare blood condition both share.
Sara Sheridan is a writer and activist who is interested particularly in female history. She has written more than 20 books. Truth or Dare, her first novel, received a Scottish Library Award and was shortlisted for the Saltire. In 2019 Sara re-mapped Scotland according to women’s history for Historic Environment Scotland – the resulting book Where are the Women was listed as one of the David Hume Institute’s Books of the Year 2019. In it, she imagined several monuments to the witches. In 2022 her novel The Fair Botanists was chosen as Waterstones’ Scottish Book of the Year. Her latest novel, just out in hardback, The Secrets of Blythswood Square, is set in Glasgow in 1846.
Eleanor Thom is the author of Connective Tissue. Set in South-West Scotland, 2010, air-traffic controller Helena’s baby is born with unexplained paralysis. Faced with an unforgiving medical establishment, she turns to the Jewish grandmother she never knew, unfolding the past in search of answers. Eleanor’s first novel won the Saltire First Book of the year in 2009, and she works as the Communities Writer in Residence for the Edinburgh International Book Festival.