Alison Belsham initially started writing with the ambition of becoming a screenwriter — and in 2000 was commended for her visual storytelling in the Orange Prize for Screenwriting. In 2001 she was shortlisted in a BBC Drama Writer competition. Life and children intervened but, switching to fiction, in 2009 her novel Domino was selected for the prestigious Adventures in Fiction mentoring scheme. In 2016 she pitched her first crime novel, The Tattoo Thief, at the Pitch Perfect event at the Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival and was judged the winner. The Tattoo Thief will be published by Trapeze in May 2018. Alison lives in Edinburgh and is currently working on the second of The Tattoo Thief Trilogy.


To know more about her work, please visit:

She can also be reached at: @AlisonBelsham on Twitter.


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Somrita Urni Ganguly is a professor, researcher, and translator, soon to complete her PhD from the Centre for English Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She teaches British Literature to undergraduate students, and translates from Bengali and Hindi to English. Shewas selected by the Writers’ Centre Norwich as an emerging translator in 2016 and invited as translator-in-residence at Cove Park, Scotland, in October 2017. She will be in Mumbai, in December 2017, as poet-in-residence at Arcs of a Circle. Her work has been showcased at the 2017 London Book Fair and she has been published in Asymptote, In Other Words, and Muse India, among others.She has presented research papers on translation, the poetics and politics of street art, and gender studies at national and international conferences organised by the National University of Singapore, Indian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (IACLALS), the International Association of Translation and Intercultural Studies (IATIS) in collaboration with Routledge (London), Jamia Milia Islamia, Aligarh Muslim University, Jadavpur University, University of Calcutta, Aliah University, Viswa Bharati University, Delhi University, and others. She has twelve academic publications to her credit and is a recipient of the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund Award (2013) and Sarojini Dutta Memorial Prize (2011).


Somrita is currently translating a political biography, a young adults’ novel, and an anthology of erotic verses, to be published in December this year.


She is less officious and more accessible on Facebook @urni.g or Twitter @blessed_damsel.*

(*unless lost in translation)


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Tanmay Mukherjee is a Bengali blogger at, which he started in the year 2007. He first started writing stories in the blog and published his first book in the year 2013.


Particularly fond of winter and the Kolkata Biriyani, Tanmay is also extremely home-bound. He grew up in between four cities – Durgapur, Chandannagar, Kolkata and Delhi.


He started his career in a small city in Bihar. But currently, he stays in Kolkata.


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Doug Johnstone is a writer, musician and journalist based in Edinburgh. His eighth novel, Crash Land, was published by Faber & Faber in November 2016. His previous book, The Jump, was shortlisted for the McIlvanney Prize for Best Scottish Crime Novel. Gone Again (2013) was an Amazon bestseller and Hit & Run (2012) and was an Amazon #1 as well as being selected as a prestigious Fiction Uncovered winner. Smokeheads (2011) was nominated for the Crimefest Last Laugh Award. Before that Doug published two novels with Penguin, Tombstoning (2006) and The Ossians (2008). His work has received praise from the likes of Irvine Welsh, Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, William McIlvanney, Megan Abbott and Christopher Brookmyre.


Doug was recently Writer in Residence with William Purves Funeral Directors. He is also a Royal Literary Fund Consultant Fellow, and was RLF Fellow at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh 2014-2016. Doug was also Writer in Residence at the University of Strathclyde 2010-2012 and before that worked as a lecturer in creative writing there. He’s had short stories appear in various publications and anthologies, and since 1999 he has worked as a freelance arts journalist, primarily covering music and literature. He is also a mentor and manuscript assessor for The Literary Consultancy and Emergents in the Scottish Highlands.

Doug is one of the co-founders of the Scotland Writers Football Club, for whom he also puts in a shift in midfield as player-manager. He is also a singer, musician and songwriter in several bands, including Northern Alliance, who have released four albums to critical acclaim, as well as recording an album as a fictional band called The Ossians. Doug has also released two solo EPs, Keep it Afloat and I Did It Deliberately. He currently plays drums for the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers, a crime writing super group featuring Val McDermid, Mark Billingham, Chris Brookmyre, Stuart Neville and Luca Veste.


Doug has a degree in physics, a PhD in nuclear physics and a diploma in journalism, and worked for four years designing radars. He grew up in Arbroath and lives in Portobello, Edinburgh with his wife and two children.


To know more about his work please visit


He can also be reached at @doug_johnstone on Twitter


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Shruti Upadhaya has recently published her debut novel, White Noise, which has been garnering great reviews both online and offline since its release. The book has been recommended by Amazon as a thriller one must read.


Titled as an upcoming promising new face in the literature circle, she has also written for various publications – The Times of India (Calcutta and Pune), Kolkata Mirror and Exotica (a lifestyle magazine run by the Pioneer group). 


Several of her other poems and short stories can be found on her blog –



Mark Leggatt is a former specialist in Disaster Recovery for oil companies and global banks. He has lived in a number of European capitals owing to his career, but now has settled in Edinburgh, Scotland.


History and international conspiracy forms the backdrop of Leggatt’s trilogy. In his debut novel, The Names of the Dead, which hit Blackwell’s bestsellers charts, Leggatt introduced his protagonist, the ex-CIA technician, Connor Montrose. In the sequel, The London Cage, Connor is joined by his new partner Kirsty Rhys. She’s an ex-hacker, wanted by MI5, and a force to be reckoned with. In the third in the series, The Silk Road, Kirsty and Connor must uncover the layers of duplicity between governments, arms dealers, and the sale of anti-aircraft missiles to terrorists.


Mark is also a member of the Crime Writers Association in the UK, and the International Thriller Writers in the USA.


Dr Abhijit Gupta is the Associate Professor of English at Jadavpur University, and Director, Jadavpur University Press. He graduated in English from Jadavpur University and received a PhD from Cambridge University for his work on 19th century British publishing. He is co-editor, along with Swapan Chakravorty of the Book History in India series, of which three volumes have been published: Print Areas (2004), Moveable Types (2008) and New Word Order (2011). He was the associate editor for South Asia for the Oxford Companion to the Book (2010). He has completed an electronic database and location register of all books printed in Bengali from 1801–1867 and is currently at work on the period 1868–1914. His most recent published works are two translations of Bengali stories for children, titled Funny and Funnier and Mad and Madder, published by Scholastic. His other research areas include science fiction, graphic novels, crime fiction and the 19th century.

A graduate of both Glasgow and Edinburgh universities, Lin studied mathematics and philosophy at Glasgow and took a further Masters Degree in Education at Edinburgh. She also holds a Masters in Screenwriting with Distinction from Screen Academy Scotland. A teacher of mathematics and computing, she launched her first novel Driftnet in 2003 which introduced her protagonist, forensic expert Dr Rhona MacLeod.

Since then, twelve (Chiller Thriller) novels featuring Dr Rhona MacLeod have been published including the latest Follow the Dead a joint investigation between Scotland and Norway (A Nordic and Tartan noir mix).

Her script inspired by her short story Dead Close, is currently in development as a feature film Sometime Did Me Seek. Her short film River Child won a student BAFTA and the Celtic Film Festival best fiction award and has garnered almost one and a half million views on Youtube ( Lin is currently working on a rock opera Voice of a Generation with John Sinclair, former keyboard player with Ozzy Osborne.

Lin is also a co-founder of the international crime writing festival Bloody Scotland which takes place annually in Stirling, Scotland, mid-September.

Sandra Ireland was born in England, but lived for many years in the Irish Republic before coming back ‘home’ to Scotland. She is the author of Beneath the Skin, a psychological thriller published by Polygon, which has just been shortlisted for a Saltire Society First Novel Award. Her second novel, Bone Deep, a modern Gothic tale with a mythical twist, will be out in April, 2018. Her poetry, often inspired by the seascapes where she lives, has been widely published in anthologies, including Seagate III (Dundee), and Furies (For Book’s Sake). She is the 2017 winner of the Dorothy Dunbar Trophy for Poetry, awarded by the Scottish Association of Writers. Sandra is Secretary of Angus Writers’ Circle and part of the Chasing Time Team, which runs writing retreats in a gloriously gothic setting on Scotland’s east coast.

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Aniesha Brahma realized her passion for writing at the tender age of six. She is the author of five novels, a collection of children’s classic stories and two graphic novels. 

She published her debut novel, The Secret Proposal in 2012 and followed it by When Our Worlds Collide in 2015. In 2017, she released her novel for young adults, All Signs Lead Back to You.She has written the storylines for P.C. Chandra’s The Awesome Four: Coming Together and The Legend of Stardust books, is presently working on General Press’ Children’s Classic Stories – which are the retellings of popular children’s stories from across the world.

She regularly blogs at Aniesha’s Musings and Bibliotheque. She is also the founder and editor of BUZZ Magazine

You can follow her on social media using her handle: @anieshabrahma or drop heran email at:

Graeme Macrae Burnet is one of Scotland’s brightest lit­erary talents. Stints living abroad – including in France – helped him to accurately nail the nuances of small-town French culture in Adèle Bedeau. Currently working on a new novel set in 1870s Wester Ross, and developing two more books featuring Georges Gorski, Graeme is one to watch as a writing star of the future.

To know more about his work, visit


Dr Anish Deb (b. 1951) has retired from the University of Calcutta as a Professor in October 2016. Presently, he is associated with Budge Budge Institute of Technology as a Professor & HOD in the Department of Electrical Engineering. He is the recipient of two University gold medals and one University Silver medal for excellence in his studies. Apart from being an academic of class, he is a noted Bengali author of crime, mystery, detection, science fiction, and ghost stories. He has been working in this literary area for about five decades and has published fifty odd books, containing mostly his novels and short stories. He has edited many anthologies in Bengali, including three science fiction anthologies and four anthologies of crime novels and stories. He has also edited a few collections in English, the latest two being Anthology of 20 Stories: Ghost and Anthology of 20 Stories: Crime, published by BEE Books. His edited anthology – Anthology of 20 Stories: Horror will soon be published by BEE Books.

Gordon Brown lives in Scotland. He’s married with two children.

Gordon has been writing since his teens and has five books published to date. A new novel, 'Falling Too’ (second in the Charlie Wiggs series), was published in 2107, in the US and Canada, by Down & Out books. In addition, Gordon also has two more novels, Darkest Thoughts and Furthest Reaches (the first two in the Craig McIntyre series), both published in 2017 by Strident Publishing in the UK. The third in the trilogy, Deepest Wounds, will be published February 27th 2018.

In a former life, Gordon delivered pizzas in Toronto, sold non-alcoholic beer in the Middle East, launched a creativity training business and floated a high-tech company on the London Stock Exchange. He is a DJ on local radio, has compered the main stage at a two-day music festival and was once booed by 49,000 people while on the pitch at a major football Cup Final.

Gordon also helped found Bloody Scotland – Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival.

Technocrat by profession, Abhijnan Roychowdhury was born in Kolkata, in 1970 and studied in the Jadavpur University and IIM Calcutta. He spent most of his working life travelling across the globe, which is frequently reflected in his writing, storyline, and portrayal of the characters. Heis currently based out of London. He started writing for children and young adults in 1994. Today as one of the most recognized names in contemporary Bengali Science Fiction, he created new readership through a different genre of science fiction and crime thrillers. Though most of his initial works were in Science fiction, he subsequently wrote stories of all different genres and had been equally admired for his ghost, supernatural, mystery and crime stories. Known for interesting story plots, appealing details, fast-paced narratives, sharp punchy plot twists and human touch, his short stories and novels quickly touch a chord with readers of all ages.His magical stories inspire the young readers to imagine the impossible.  He is the author of several popular novels and collections of short stories. His first novel published in 2009 was SanketRahasya (Mystery with the Symbols), which involved protagonist Anilikha in a multi-continent based science fiction thriller. Anilikha had since become a very popular character in Bengali fiction. Abhijnan’s other published popular works are Rahasya Jakhon Darwin (When the Mystery Is with Darwin), Rahasya Jakhon Nijeke Niye (When the Mystery Is All about Yourself), Rahasya Jakhon Rakte (When the Mystery is In the Blood), Majhe Matra Chabbis Din (With Only 24 Days Left), Rahasya Jakhon Sankete ( When the Mystery Is All in the Symbols), This World After 100 Years, Sab Logicer Baire (Beyond the Logical Boundaries) – collection of short stories, Bhoutik Aloukik ( collection of horror and supernatural stories).  He plans to continue his experimentation with science fiction and bring it to the forefront of Bengali literature. Two of his collections of short stories, “Chokher Samne Mrityu" (Death in Front of your Eyes) and "Nichak Premer Galpo" ( Just Some Love Stories) by Deb Sahitya Kutir will be published in Kolkata Book Fair 2018. His other upcoming book is Rahasyer Dash Angul (Ten Fingers of Mystery)from Patra Bharati containing two of his latest science-fiction crime thrillers.

Sharon Bairden is a Scottish Blogger with a particular interest and love of Scottish crime fiction. She reads daily and on average devours 2/3 books per week (more if time permits). In particular, she loves crime/thrillers/police procedurals and especially Scottish crime fiction

She started her blog for a couple of reasons, she wanted somewhere to store her reviews and thoughts on the books that she loved, and also to offer support to all the fantastic authors out there – reviews REALLY do make a difference. And of course through the blog, she wants to spread the word about all the books she loves – she wants to make people read more!

In her spare time, Sharon makes herself up as a corpse and wraps herself in crime scene tape – but she confesses, “I’m not strange, honest.”

She can be reached through her website, and social media accounts.


Twitter: @sbairden


Rushati Mukherjee is a book blogger, journalist and poet based in Kolkata. She has blogged for the Jaipur Literature Festival, the Apeejay Kolkata Literature Festival and the Kolkata Literature Festival and regularly conducts interviews of authors, artists and activists on her blog, Spiktinot. Apart from being a campus reporter for t2, The Telegraph, she has written and worked for multiple media outlets, including the Hindustan Times; Kindle, the literary magazine; as well independent news websites such as Eyezine, Campus Diaries and Feminism in India. Her poetry has been published in Indian and international literary magazines like The Bangalore Review and Berlin Art-Parasites. She is currently a student of Jadavpur University, pursuing an MA in English. She can be found on @rushmukh on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

The link to her website is:

Jenny Brown established the Scottish-based literary agency Jenny Brown Associates in 2002. She was previously Head of Literature at the Scottish Arts Council, presenter of book programmes for Scottish Television, and founder Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival (of which she is now a Board member). She is also a former Committee member of the Association of Authors’ Agents and was shortlisted in 2014 for Agent of the Year Award. She has been Chair of the Bloody Scotland crime writing festival since its inception in 2012.


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Esha, who belongs to the fourth generation of publishing business in Kolkata, runs her independent English publishing house, BEE Books. She loves the art of making beautiful books and BEE Books publishes everything from translations, fiction, non-fiction, essays to graphic novels and corporate coffee table books.  BEE Books also provides the content support for the International Kolkata Literature Festival and Esha Chatterjee is one of the curators of the festival. She actively participates in structuring the events and looks after national and international collaborations. In her spare time, Esha is also a book reviewer, critic, moderator for literary events.

Abir Mukherjee grew up in the West of Scotland. At the age of fifteen, his best friend made him read Gorky Park and he’s been a fan of crime fiction ever since. The child of immigrants from India, A Rising Man, his debut novel, was inspired by a desire to learn more about this crucial period in Anglo-Indian history that seems to have been almost forgotten. It won the Harvill Secker/Daily Telegraph crime writing competition and is the first in a new series starring Captain Sam Wyndham and ‘Surrender-Not’ Banerjee. Abir lives in London with his wife and two sons.



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