This event is In partnership with the Scottish Book Trust and Scottish Poetry Library
Billy Letford comes from Stirlingshire and worked in various jobs and in his family's roofing business in his twenties. He has an MLitt in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow. He received a New Writers’ Award from the Scottish Book Trust in 2008, and an Edwin Morgan Travel Bursary, which enabled him to go to Northern Italy where he helped in the restoration of a medieval village. He has taken part in translation projects through Lebanon, Iraq, and Palestine, and travelled to India with the Commonwealth Poets United project in 2014. In 2014 a chapbook of his poetry, Potom Koža Toho Druhého, was published by Vertigo in Slovakian. His work has appeared on radio and television, and he has performed at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and at many other events and venues. A Creative Scotland Artists’ Bursary allowed him to spend six months travelling through India.
Carcanet published his debut collection Bevel in 2012, and his second, Dirt, in 2016.
Ciara MacLaverty was born in Belfast, educated on Islay and lives in Glasgow. Her first pamphlet, Seats for landing, was well received in 2005, with ‘Peeled’ chosen for Best Scottish Poems 2006. Ciara attended the Orkney Writers' Course 2015 and was among the 12 poets to write a commemorative poem for Glasgow’s Theatre Royal in the same year. Her poems have appeared in The Scotsman, New Writing Scotland and Gutter. In 2017 she was a recipient of a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award.