2014 Visiting Writers
Visiting fiction writer for the 2014 summer residency in Edinburgh
Peter Jinks is a writer who also teaches. He started out as a newspaper reporter for the Scotsman, winning the UK Young Journalist of the Year award in 1995, then moved to Sicily and wrote mainly fiction. Sicily is one of Peter's favorite topics both as a journalist and a screenwriter, but he is perhaps better known for one of his Edinburgh novels, Hallam Foe, which got turned into a movie and won a Silver Bear at the 2007 Berlin International Film Festival. In terms of teaching, he runs a course in creative writing at the Arcadia Center in Syracuse, Sicily, and is also a visiting lecturer in narrative and screenwriting at Webster University, Vienna.
Visiting poet for the 2014 summer residency in Edinburgh
Jane McKie's first collection, Morocco Rococo (Cinnamon Press), was awarded the 2008 Sundial/Scottish Arts Council prize for best first book of 2007. Her other publications include When the Sun Turns Green (Polygon, 2009), and Garden of Bedsteads (Mariscat, 2011) which was a Poetry Book Society pamphlet choice. She won the 2011 Edwin Morgan International Poetry Competition and is currently working on her third full collection of poems. She teaches creative writing at the University of Edinburgh.