WE WERE ALWAYS HERE
We Were Always Here is a Queer Words anthology edited by Ryan Vance and Michael Lee Richardson. Meet the amazing contributors to the book below.
Alice is an academic and writer living in Edinburgh. Her first pamphlet Grid is published with Sad Press. Recent work has appeared in Cumulus, Erotoplasty, Jungtaft, Datableed, Adjacent Pineapple, Monstrous Regiment’s The Bi-ble, and 404 Ink’s Nasty Women. @atarbuck
Andrés Ordorica is a graduate from The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama. As a writer, he aspires to create liminal worlds filled with characters who are from neither here nor there. His writing can be found in Confluence Medway, The Colour of Madness and The Acentos Review. He has performed his work for Literary Natives and The Courtauld Institute of Art. @AndresNOrdorica / andresnordorica.wordpress.com
April Hill is a poet and prose writer currently studying in Glasgow. Her work particularly orbits her relationships with sexuality, intimacy, and the tensions between the internal and external worlds. She is most frequently found wandering between coffee shops in increasingly mismatched outfits.
AR Crow is a poet, performer and trainee psychiatrist. They like to explore the spaces in between. @IAmACr0w
Bibi June is a non-binary performance poet and theatre maker based in Glasgow. They co-founded spoken word theatre company ‘In The Works’. Their work focusses on race, queerness, mental health and social inequalities. Their first pamphlet Begin Again was published by Speculative Books in December 2017. @BibiJuneS / InTheWorksTheatre.com
BD Owens lives near Helensburgh. His poem ‘Home Coming’ was published in New Writing Scotland: Talking About Lobsters, issue 34, and ‘An Ear Trumpet for the Earth’ was shortlisted for the Jupiter Artland Inspired to Write: Poetry and Prose Competition. In 2017, he gained an MFA in Art, Society & Publics from DJCAD. @B_D_Owens
Callum Harper is an aspiring poet born and raised around the South Lanarkshire area. Between writing and submitting, he is currently working towards a bachelor’s degree in English at Edinburgh Napier University. ‘To Be Divine’ is his first published poem. @Callum_Harper_
Christina Neuwirth is a writer and researcher based in Edinburgh. Her recent publications include the essay ‘Hard dumplings for visitors’ in 404 Ink’s Nasty Women (2017), and her surreal novella Amphibian (Speculative Books, 2018), which was shortlisted for the Novella Award 2016. @ChristinaNwrth / christinaneuwirth.com
Ciara Maguire is a writer and community organiser. She writes about LGBTQ culture and relationships and has written a number of short films with filmmaking collective Lock Up Your Daughters. She was named one of the Young Womens Movement ‘30 under 30 Inspirational Women’ for her work with Free Pride.
Elaine Gallagher has published stories and poems in the British Fantasy Society Journal, The Speculative Book and Thirty Years of Rain anthologies. Her short film, High Heels Aren’t Compulsory, directed by Annabel Cooper and starring Jo Clifford, won Best Scottish Short at SQIFF 2015 and was shortlisted for the Iris Prize 2016. Elaine is currently studying creative writing at Glasgow University.
Elva Hills is a writer living in Edinburgh. In 2017, she completed an MA in Creative Writing at Edinburgh Napier University, and was shortlisted by Penguin Random House UK for the WriteNow mentoring scheme. Her work has been published in Shoreline of Infinity 12 and Issue 4: Ink of 404 Ink’s literary magazine, and she is currently working on her first novel, a YA science fiction dystopia. @ElvaHills
Eris Young is a queer writer from Southern California. Their work explores themes of alienation and otherness, and has appeared in Bewildering Stories, Esoterica, Scrutiny Journal and Expanded Horizons Magazine, and the #QueerQuarrels anthology from Knight Errant Press. They edit fantasy stories at aetherandichor.com. @young_e_h
Etzali Hernández is a nonbinary queer Latinx fierce femme. They are a poet, coder, designer, photographer, DJ and No Borders organiser. They are the co-founder of Ubuntu Women Shelter. They use poetry to express lived experiences and the politics entangled in it. They love pandas, emojis and giphys. @topimorita
Felicity Anderson-Nathan is a writer, tutor and freelancer. Her work has been published by Gutter, Dear Damsels, Marbles Mag and FTP, and performed at the Edinburgh Book Festival Story Shop and That’s What She Said. @flick_writes
Freddie Alexander is a librarian at the National Library of Scotland. His work has been published by Knights Errant Press and Gutter Magazine. He has been a freelance journalist for Scotsgay and Broadway Baby. He lives with his boyfriend near the sea and hosts Edinburgh’s Inky Fingers open mic night. @FredRAlexander
Garry Mac is a queer writer and illustrator, known for Gonzo Cosmic, Tomorrow and Freak Out Squares. He is currently working on a full-length comic AION, based on his Masters’ dissertation on queer temporality in autobiographix, and follows that with a political queer comic series called Praxis. garrymacmakes.com / @garrymacl
Gray Crosbie is a writer and performer based in Glasgow. They enjoy writing in the boundary between poetry and prose and have been published in journals such as Litro, Popshot and Lighthouse. In their free time they enjoy hanging out with their dog Rooney, drag shows and too many donuts.
Harry Josephine Giles
Harry Josephine Giles is a writer and performer from Orkney, based in Edinburgh. Their latest publication is The Games from Out-Spoken Press, shortlisted for the 2016 Edwin Morgan Poetry Award, and they were the 2009 BBC Scotland slam champion. Harry founded Inky Fingers Spoken Word and co-directs the performance platform ANATOMY; their participatory theatre has toured festivals across Europe, including Forest Fringe (UK), NTI (Latvia) and CrisisArt (Italy); and their performance What We Owe was picked by the Guardian’s best-of-the-Fringe 2013 roundup — in the ‘But Is It Art?’ category. @harrygiles / www.harrygiles.org
Heather Parry is an Edinburgh-based writer. Her work explores self-deception, transformation and identity. Her first novel is currently under consideration. @heatherparryuk / heatherparry.co.uk
Heather Valentine has been a proofreader, a receptionist, a student teacher, a tour guide and a call-centre fraud detector, and her interests include knitting, video games, nail art and weird films. Her stories have been previously published in Temporal Discombobulations and Thirty Years of Rain. @heatheratops
Jack Bigglestone is a new poet who feels like a child learning to ride a bike — proud, excited, hoping desperately he doesn’t fall off. Originally from rural Shropshire, he now studies English Literature at the University of Glasgow. His current poetic interests include queer perspectives on the body, gender, childhood and family.
Jane Flett lives in Berlin, where she reads tarot, plays cello, and rollerskates down Tempelhof runway in hotpants. She’s been published in over 70 literary journals, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and translated into Polish, Croatian and Japanese. Jane is also one half of the riot-grrrl band Razor Cunts. janeflett.com
Jay G Ying
Jay G Ying’s poetry has appeared in The Adroit Journal, PBS Bulletin and Ambit. He was the winner of the 2017 Poetry Book Society Student Poetry Prize and was shortlisted for the Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize. He is a reader for The Adroit Journal and currently lives in Edinburgh. @jaygying
Jay Whittaker’s debut poetry collection, Wristwatch, was published by Cinnamon Press in 2017. She writes about transition, resilience, grief, living with breast cancer, and LGBT+ lives (including her own). She performed at the StAnza international poetry festival 2018, and has recently appeared in Gutter and The North. @jaywhittapoet / jaywhittaker.uk
Jonathan Bay is a trans poet from California, currently living and working in Edinburgh. Currently pursuing a PhD in creative writing, he has been anthologized and published widely. In 2017, his debut pamphlet collection was published by House of Three.
Jo Clifford is a playwright, performer, proud father and grandmother. She is the author of around 90 plays. Right now she is performing her Gospel According to Jesus Queern of Heaven and her Eve (a National Theatre of Scotland production) in the UK and in Brazil, where her Gospel has been continuously touring for the last two years. Her five play sequence Five Days Which Changed Everything was recently broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Her first play Losing Venice, first performed 1985, is being revived by the Orange Tree Theatre in London; and her Anna Karenina has recently had a highly successful run in Tokyo.
Kirsty Logan is a professional daydreamer. She is the author of two novels, The Gloaming and The Gracekeepers, and three story collections, The Night Tender, A Portable Shelter and The Rental Heart & Other Fairytales. She lives in Glasgow with her wife and their rescue dog. She has tattooed toes. @kirstylogan / kirstylogan.com
Laura Waddell is a publisher and writer based in Glasgow. Her criticism, essays and fiction have featured in publications including the Guardian, Times Literary Supplement, McSweeneys, 3:AM magazine, and the books Nasty Women, Know Your Place, and the Digital Critic. She sits on the board of Scottish PEN and Gutter Magazine. @lauraewaddell / lauraewaddell.com
Lori England is a bisexual writer from Glasgow. She has a BA (Hons) in English Literature and Creative Writing at the Open University and juggles writing with bringing up her own tiny girl gang. Her work has previously been published in 404 Ink and by 3 of Cups Press. loriengland.wordpress.com
MJ Brocklebank has previously written for television, as well as writing the screenplay for the independent feature film, Anna Unbound. He has had two short plays produced and in 2016 progressed to the final stage of the Tron Theatre’s Progressive Playwright Award. Becoming Doctor Barry is his first full-length play. @mjbrocklebank
Michael Lee Richardson
Michael Lee Richardson is a writer, producer and community organiser from Glasgow. Michael has produced work for Pride House Glasgow and LGBT History Month Scotland. Michael is a Scottish Book Trust New Writer’s Award winner and a member of BBC Scotland’s first Drama Writer’s Group. Michael's writing has been shortlisted for the Frank Deasy Award and Trans Comedy Award. Michael's short story 'The Other Team' will be published in Proud in 2019. Michael’s first film My Loneliness is Killing Me — directed by Tim Courtney — debuted at EIFF in 2018 and is shortlisted for a Scottish BAFTA (Best Short Film). @hrfmichael / wwww.hrfmichael.co.uk
Rachel Plummer is a poet living in Edinburgh. Her sci-fi pamphlet The Parlour Guide to Exo-Politics is published by House Press. She received a cultural commission from LGBT Youth Scotland to write a collection of children’s poems based around LGBT retellings of traditional Scottish folkstories. She has two children, three guinea pigs and entirely too many books. @smaychel / rachelplummer.co.uk
Ross Jamieson was born and raised in Edinburgh and studied English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh. He has previously been shortlisted for a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust. If nothing else, he tries. @rossmjamieson
Ryan Vance is a writer and editor based in Glasgow. First published in Out There: An Anthology of Scottish LGBT Writing, he has since been published in New Writing Scotland, Gutter Magazine, The Glasgow Review of Books, The Dark Mountain and F[r]iction. He has also collaborated with Lock Up Your Daughters, a queer film group, on two award-winning entries into the 48hr Film Challenge. Between 2010 and 2016 he created and edited The Queen’s Head, a speculative fiction magazine. He has also edited fiction for The Island Review, and currently edits reviews for Gutter Magazine. @ryanjjvance / ryanvance.co.uk
Sandra Alland is a Glasgow-based writer and artist. San has published three poetry collections and a chapbook of short fiction, and co-edited Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back (Nine Arches, 2017). Story commissions include British Council’s Discover Project and Comma’s Protest!, Thought X and The Mirror in the Mirror. @san_alland / blissfultimes.ca
Shane Strachan lives and writes in the Northeast of Scotland. His most recent publication is Nevertheless: Sparkian Tales in Bulawayo (amaBooks); other work has appeared in Gutter, New Writing Scotland, Stand, Northwords Now and The Interpreter’s House. He has also staged work with the National Theatre of Scotland and Paines Plough. He holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Aberdeen and was a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellow in 2018. @Shane_Strachan / www.shanestrachan.com
Zoe Storrie is from a tiny village in Dumfries and Galloway but now lives in Glasgow. She graduated with a BA(Hons) in English and Creative Writing from the University of Strathclyde in 2014. Since has since been involved in youth work, teaching and roaming the streets in search of cats. @zstoz