Sarah Barnard

Committees and Administration Officer
Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability (University of Edinburgh)

Lawrence Schimel

Lawrence Schimel is a full-time author, writing in both Spanish and English, who has published over 120 books in a wide range of genres. He is also a prolific literary translator, of over 140 books, again in many different genres.  

He has won the Lambda Literary Award (twice), a PEN Translates Award from English PEN (three times), a Crystal Kite Award from the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators and have been chosen for IBBY's Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities three times, among numerous other honours. 

His writing and translations have been published in Gutter, Modern Poetry in Translation, PN Review, New Humanist, Index on Censorship, and The Author, and in over 200 anthologies including Scottish PEN's Declarations on Freedom for Writers and Readers (Scotland Street Press), Frank Wynne's Queer (Head of Zeus), Rachel Plummer and Russel Jones' Multiverse (Shorelines of Infinity), and Margaret Busby's New Daughters of Africa (Myriad). He has also written activities for pupils to explore translation for Scottish Book Trust . 

His own writing has been translated into over 50 languages, including Kurdish, Farsi, Macua, Changana, Maltese, Romansh, Luxembourgish, and Icelandic. 

In addition to his writing and editing, he is the editor of independent poetry press A Midsummer Night's Press. 

He lives in Madrid, Spain. 

Rosemary Ward

Saltire Volunteer Victoria Lothian catches up with Rosemary Ward in December 2020

Rosemary was brought up on the Hebridean island of South Uist where she began her lifelong involvement with the Gaelic language. She started to learn Gaelic when she attended Garrynamonie Primary and she completed her school education, gaining formal qualifications in Gaelic, in the Nicolson Institute in Stornoway.

She went on to train as a primary teacher and was the first Gaelic Medium immersion teacher appointed to the Sir John Maxwell Gaelic Unit in Glasgow. She went on have a long association with the development of Gaelic education in Argyll and Bute Council before becoming the Education Director for Bòrd na Gàidhlig, the National Gaelic development agency.

In 2010, she became the Director of the Gaelic Books Council and steered the organisation to the position it now enjoys as the lead organisation for Gaelic literature. She recently took up post as the Director of Programme at Scottish Book Trust and maintains her links with Gaelic through her voluntary work as Treasurer of Urras Brosnachaidh na Gàidhlig ( The Gaelic Language Promotion Trust). She has two children Sean and Eilidh and lives in Dumbarton with her husband Gerard.

Rebecca Wojturska (she/her)
Open Access Publishing Officer, The University of Edinburgh
Director, Haunt Publishing