House of Three Season 2 Volume 1
Lynn Davidson is a New Zealand writer living in Edinburgh. She writes poetry, essays and fiction, including a novella The Desert Road and Common Land, a collection of poetry and essays. Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies including PN Review, Sport, Best of Best New Zealand Poems, Essential New Zealand Poems, TEXT, Australian Poetry Journal, Cordite, and Another English: Anglophone Poems from Around the World. She is one part of 12 (a collaboration of 12 Edinburgh women writers). In 2016 Lynn spent time writing in a bothy in the Cairngorms on a Bothy Project Residency. In 2013 she had a Hawthornden Castle Fellowship, and in 2011 was Visiting Artist at Massey University in New Zealand. She recently completed a PhD in Creative Writing through Massey University. Lynn teaches creative writing. I wrote some of the Kāpiti Island poems during my time as a Hawthornden Fellow at Hawthornden Castle, and I gave them a final polish at Inshriach Bothy on a Bothy Project Residency. Heartfelt thanks for both of these opportunities. Jane Yolen, often called "the Hans Christian Andersen of America," is a well known children’s book writer for children and young adults, a number of them prize-winners and New York Times bestsellers. She also writes novels, nonfiction, and poetry for adults. A graduate of Smith College in Massachusetts, where she won all the poetry awards as well as the journalism award, she also teaches writing, reviews books, and is in a folk band. She was the first woman to give the St Andrews University’s Andrew Lang lecture since the lecture series started in 1927, and was an invited poet for Stanza, the international poetry festival in St Andrews where she has lived part-time for twenty-six years. Six colleges and universities have given her honorary doctorates. She has had poetry in several Edinburgh journals, and was a member of the Dazzle Ship poets. She has published seven books of adult poetry, three of them of poems about her late husband: The Radiations Sonnets (Algonquin Books) and Things to Say to a Dead Man (Holy!Cow Press), both of which came out in America. What We Leave Behind is the third, and first of her poetry books to be published in Scotland, a place where her husband had taught and loved well. If you need to know more about her, visit her website at: www.janeyolen.com "Even Walking Outside" first appeared in Before/The Election/After, Amherst, Massachusetts: Levellers Press. Fiona Ritchie Walker is a writer who divides her time between NE England and her home town of Montrose. Her work has been published widely in anthologies and magazines, including the British Council’s New Writing series and New Writing Scotland, and read on BBC Radio 4. Her poems have appeared on postcards, in bus shelters and, in 2017, at Guernsey Airport and on one of the island’s buses. Her first collection, Lip Reading, was published by Diamond Twig in 1999. More recent collections include Garibaldi’s Legs Iron Press & The Second Week of the Soap Red Squirrel Press. In 2015 she won the Carer’s UK Creative Writing Competition with her poem, After Diagnosis, written after her husband was diagnosed with a terminal lung condition and she became his full-time carer. After Diagnosis was published in the anthology No One Should Have to Care Alone. An earlier version of Anniversary appeared in Wild Cards (Writing Women/Virago) Iceberg was published in the Ofi Press Arctic Edition.