Originally from Glasgow, Pamela has been living in Stromness, Orkney, for many years. She is a widely published poet, editor and author, and was the first George Mackay Brown Fellow in 2007. She has had seven plays commissioned and performed in Orkney, and directed the Orkney Writers’ Course from 2011-17.
Sylvia was born and educated in the US. She is a painter who began to write after she came (via Oxford and Edinburgh) to Orkney. First there were poems, then a memoir which has still to be completed. “Changing, or, the Man Who Knew Thomas Mann” appeared in Black Middens (New Writing Scotland 31), and “Tissue” in The Rooftop Busker (NWS 33).
Yvonne has lived in Orkney since 1990. Her poems have been published widely and she occasionally publishes the writing of others under her Braga Press imprint. She has worked collaboratively with writers, artists and musicians on a range of projects and is currently co-writing her second opera libretto.
Alison was born and brought up in Orkney. Her novel Demo, published by Penguin in 2006, was shortlisted for the Saltire First Book Award. Recent work, reflecting life in Orkney, has been published by Abersee Press, An Lanntair, and Cranachan Books. She leads Orkney Voices, the GMBF writing group for Orcadian speakers.
Barbara (Babs) Stevenson is a retired veterinary surgeon who moved to Orkney in 2014. She writes short stories in a mixture of genres, comedy sketches and poetry in both English and Lowland Scots. She is a member of Stromness Writing Group and has taken up handbell ringing with the Borealis Bells.
Featured image: Stone, Makars Court, Edinburgh courtesy of Pam Beasant