Alan Spence

Alan Spence is a distinguished novelist, poet, short-story writer and dramatist. He was named Scottish Writer of the Year in 1996 and won the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award in 2006. He is known for his novels, such as "The Pure Land" (Canongate, 2006), "The Magic Flute" and "Way to Go," and his collections of haiku "Glasgow Zen" and "Clear Light." He is also Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Aberdeen. Hazel Hutchison lectures in English at the University of Aberdeen. She has written about Henry James and many other Victorian and early twentieth-century authors. Her latest book is "Teach Yourself Writing Essays" and "Dissertations" (Hodder, 2007).She recently edited Mary Borden's "The Forbidden Zone" (Hesperus, 2008), and she is currently researching American writing of the First World War."