Hannah Lavery is a poet, playwright, short story writer, and currently Edinburgh’s Makar, with a list of writing awards longer than any arm. Her poetry lilts from the page, speaking with a gentle urgency on issues like racism, cultural identity, and belonging. Having quickly become one of Scotland’s most-loved writers, her debut collection ‘Blood Salt Spring’ was released earlier this year. Inside it, Lavery writes inspiring and inspired work, speaking out on issues of social justice, as well as familial moments of joy.
Michael Mullen is a queer poet from Rutherglen and the most recent co-winner of the prestigious Edwin Morgan Award for poets under 30. Writing in both Scots and Standard English, their writing explores themes of identity, class and culture. Using a mix of humour and pathos, rhyme and free verse, their poetry interrogates the queer experience, working class stories and the Scottish psyche.
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