Tabby Stirling in conversation with Andrea Samuelson
Saturday 31 August
Venue: Stade Hall
14.00 to 15.00
Tabby will be will be in conversation with Andrea Samuelson, poet, short fiction writer, creative writing tutor and mentor.
Tabatha Stirling lives in Edinburgh, Scotland with her family and a depressed beagle called the Beagle. A published author and poet, Tabby signed with Unbound for her debut novel, Bitter Leaves in August 2016, and it is currently being serialised at The Pigeonhole. She is a great fan of everything zombie, literary fiction, specifically beautifully written stories with a bit of menace (Lesley Glaister, Jean Rhys, Joyce Carol Oates), writing set in Asia & Africa, (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Doris Lessing, Gil Courtemanche) and epic fantasy that makes her want to beg for the trilogy (Robin Hobb, Pierce Browne, Hugh Howey, Angela Carter). A delicious slice of historical fiction doesn’t go amiss either.
Her publishing credits include LITRO, Literary Orphans, The Nopebook, Scottish PEN, Mslexia, Camroc Fiction Press, Spelk Fiction, Feminine Collective, Twisted Sister and Sick Lick Magazine. Tabby is a member of The Society of Authors and The Federation of Scottish Writers. Tabby is also a contributor to the Unbound anthology A Wild & Precious Life about addiction and recovery, edited by Lily Dunn and Zoe Gilbert.
Tabatha manages the imprints Stone Cold Fox Press and Skiddaw Books.
Andrea Samuelson is the author of Cradle Song, a book of poems about her great-grandmother’s incarceration in a mental asylum and her own hospitalisation for post natal depression. Andrea is currently working on a novel about Vivaldi and the Foundling Hospital of the Pieta. Her poetry has been published in the Rialto and her short fiction has been published in Mslexia, Front and Centre and QWF. She won the Peterloo Poetry prize in 2009. She has a Masters Degree in Creative Writing from the University of Sussex and teaches Creative Writing at Bexhill College.