The Poets

Tessa Berring is a writer and artist living in Edinburgh. Her poetry weaves together fragments from personal memoir, found objects, and descriptions of her own visual artwork, in an exploration of life as a series of precarious arrangements and appearances. Her poems have been published in a variety of magazines and journals, most recently Leopard Skin and Limes, Magma, and Nutshells and Nuggets. Other exhibition/performance projects include 'Mutated Stars', an exhibition of both visual and text based art with Paulina Sandberg for Whitespace Gallery, 'Simmer' , an experimental poetry dinner in connection with Edinburgh Food Studio, and'Tables and Other Animals, a Poem in Four Acts', a performance and artists book created with writer and artist Kathrine Sowerby, for Edinburgh's Hidden Door Festival. The sequence Paper, Dust and Donkeys was composed especially for House of Three.


Jane Bonnyman was born and brought up in Edinburgh. She began working in the museum and heritage sector before moving into English teaching.  She has always enjoyed visiting and researching different literary and historic settings which often inspire her poetry. In 2013 she was a Clydebuilt 7 mentee and has recently completed her first pamphlet ‘An Ember from the Fire: Poems on the Life of Fanny Van de Grift Stevenson’ published by Poetry Salzburg, January 2016.



Marjorie Lotfi Gill was born in New Orleans, spent her childhood in Tehran, and lived in San Diego, Washington DC and New York City before moving permanently to the UK in 1999. She has degrees in English and Law as well as an MSc in Creative Writing (Poetry) from the University of Edinburgh (2015). Marjorie is the Poet in Residence at Jupiter Artland, and was the Writer in Residence for Spring Fling 2015 and the Wigtown Book Festival. Her work has been widely published in the UK and the US in journals and anthologies, has won competitions, has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has been performed on BBC Radio 4. Her pamphlet Corryvreckan was also highly commended in the 2014 Mslexia Poetry Pamphlet Competition. Marjorie is a co-founder of Open Book, a charity running shared reading groups for adults in the community, and The Belonging Project, a series of workshops, readings and exhibitions reflecting on the flight, journey and assimilation of refugees.


Logie Fielding  is an artist and writer . She enjoys various angles of observation, generally around the themes of scale, nature and significance. She grew up in the North Pennines and now lives in Edinburgh. Logie Fielding is the pen name of Elizabeth King.


Pippa Goldschmidt lives in Edinburgh. She’s the author of the novel ‘The Falling Sky’ and the short story collection ‘The Need for Better Regulation of Outer Space’ as well as co-editor of the anthology ‘I Am Because You Are’ (all published by Freight). Her short stories, poetry and non-fiction have been published in a variety of magazines and anthologies, including Gutter, New Writing Scotland, Sky At Night magazine, The Times Literary Supplement and the New York Times, and also been broadcast on Radio 4. She’s currently a visiting fellow at the University of Edinburgh’s Science, Techology and Innovation Studies unit. Come visit at



Nalini Paul was born in India, grew up in Vancouver and has been living in Scotland for most of her adult life. She is a widely published poet and has collaborated across various art forms, including stage and film. She was George Mackay Brown Writing Fellow in Orkney from 2009 until 2010, where she worked with dancers, musicians, visual artists, archaeologists and the RSPB. Her first poetry pamphlet, Skirlags (Red Squirrel Press), was shortlisted for the Callum Macdonald Award in 2010. Nalini graduated with a PhD from the University of Glasgow in 2008, her thesis examining postcolonial female subjectivity in the novels of Jean Rhys. Nalini’s current project with Stellar Quines Theatre Company, Beyond the Mud Walls, is set partly in early 1940s India, and will be showcased as a work in progress for ‘Rehearsal Rooms’ at the Traverse in September 2016.


Katie Ailes is a poet and scholar originally from Philadelphia who now makes her home in Glasgow. She is currently pursuing her PhD in English at the University of Strathclyde, researching authenticity and liveness in contemporary performance-based poetry in the U.K. An active spoken word artist, Katie placed second in the 2015 Scottish National Poetry Slam and has performed across the U.K., including at the StAnza and Wickerman festivals, Rally & Broad, The Grind, and St. Mungo’s Mirrorball. She organises, composes, and performs with the spoken word collective Loud Poets, including touring with them to the Brighton, Prague, and Edinburgh festivals. She also co-edits Quotidian literary magazine and is co-piloting the Scottish Poetry Library Ambassadors programme. She is currently co-editing an anthology of contemporary Scottish political poetry, Poetic Politics, to be published through Luath Press in winter 2016. She released her first collection, Homing, in 2015, and features in the Glasgow Women Poets anthology to be published in 2016.

Katy Ewing is an artist and writer who lives in rural Southwest Scotland and is currently studying for an MLitt in Environment, Culture and Communication at the University of Glasgow, Dumfries. She has had poetry, prose and illustration published in several magazines and anthologies including New Writing Scotland, Gutter, Southlight and From Glasgow to Saturn, as well as self-publishing in 2014 Some Strong Harsh Magic, a pamphlet of poetry and paintings, a sample of an ongoing collaboration with her mother, Scottish painter Sheila Mullen. She often writes about remembered place, childhood and motherhood and frequently finds herself drawn to the dark and uneasy places in human experience.  


Iona Lee is a writer, performer and artist originally from Edinburgh. Raised among actors and storytellers, she has always loved stories and the many ways they can be told. She is also fond of the conviviality pubs can afford and discovered as a seventeen-year-old that she could use performance poetry as a means of getting in to pubs without her age being challenged. Now twenty, the drinking and poetry have both continued. Iona won the title of Scottish slam champion in 2016. An illustration student at the Glasgow School of Art, she often illustrates her own work.