'Local Historian BILL FINDLAY has written many books and pamphlets about our recent heritage. These include his two latest publications 'Mavis Valley and the Pit Disaster' costing £3, and 'Auchinairn the Forgotten Village', £3.50. Both books are on sale at Poppies Bishopbriggs, Huntershill Village, The Coach House Balmore, Bishopbriggs Library, and from Bill himself. East Dunbartonshire Libraries have copies of 'Canal Seasons', 'Educating Auchinairn and Bishopbriggs' and 'Auchinairn and Bishopbriggs at War'. Other books that are available from Bill include '268th BB 75th Anniversary', 'Springfield Cambridge Bishopbriggs' and his two novels 'The Grove Boys and Heather' which costs £5, and 'Angela's Dream', £8.50. Bill's contact number is 0141 772 7253, and if you are looking for his centenary celebration of 'Bishopbriggs Bowling Club' then get in touch with that club.

ANN MACLAREN is a past President of Strathkelvin Writers and a past Vice-President of the Scottish Association of Writers. She has had short stories and articles published in various magazines - The New Writer, Quicksilver, Leopard Magazine, Random Acts of Writing, Scribble, Scottish Memories, The People's Friend and Woman's Weekly. Her short stories also appear in New Writing Scotland, the New Voices Press Anthologies – Shorelines and Making Waves, the SAW anthology Reflections and the Scottish Book Trust anthologies, Days Like This, The Book That Changed My Life and Scottish Family Legends. Her piece for Days Like This - "Falsie" - was also broadcast on Radio Scotland. Her one-act play Billy's Coming Home, inspired by a short story by fellow Strathkelvin member Mary Edward, was performed for, and reached the final of, the Scottish Community Drama Festival. She was a runner up in London's Gate Theatre drama-in- translation competition with Ines Pereira, translated from the Portuguese as part of a PhD in Hispanic Studies. This play was later performed at the Greenwich Theatre under the title "One in the Street, The Other in Bed".
Ann"s story "Old Annie" won first prize in the 2015 Federation of Writers Short Story Competition. She continues to write stories and articles, and is also working on a novel.

LEELA SOMA was born in Madras, India and now lives in Glasgow. Her poetry and short stories have been published in a number of anthologies and publications, including The Scotsman, and Gutter magazine. She won the Margaret Thomson Davis Trophy at Strathkelvin Writer's Group for Best New Writer 2007 for her novel 'Twice Born.' Her second novel 'Bombay Baby' was published by Dahlia Publishing Limited in 2011. 'Boxed In' a short story collection ebook was published by The Pot Hole Press in 2013. She has served on the committee for the Milngavie Books and Arts Festivals and on the Scottish Writer's Centre Committee. Her work reflects her dual heritage of India and Scotland.

Visit her author page on Amazon for her books: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Leela-Soma/e/B00412LLCE

IRENE LEBETER worked as a secretary for forty-five years, in industry, Civil Service and latterly the NHS. Her childhood love of story-writing has continued throughout her life and has led to professional creative writing in her retirement. A previous member of Priesthill Writing Forum, she is now a member of three writing groups, Strathkelvin, Ruadh Ghleann and Kelvingrove, and has completed a two-year creative writing course at Strathclyde University.

Irene has been an award winner in both novel and short story genres at the Annual Conference of the Scottish Association of Writers. She has been featured in the Federation of Writers' anthology "Making Waves". She has had multiple short stories and articles published in the U.K. magazine, Scottish Memories, and is a regular contributor of non-fiction historical articles to The Highlander magazine in USA.

Her first novel "Vina's Quest" was published on Kindle in November 2014 and a paperback version in January 2015. She is currently working on her next novel "Maddie".

MARY EDWARD is past President of both Strathkelvin and of the Scottish Association of Writers. Mary was the winner of the Margaret Thomson Davis trophy in 2012, and is seen here being presented with the award by the late Margaret Thomson Davis.

Mary continues to write, publish, judge competitions and give creative writing sessions, and until recently was an editor for New Writing Press, the publishing arm of the Federation of Writers (Scotland). She has added the novels, Death Goes to School, and The Search for Roberto Dias to her publications, with Broken Threads , the sequel to A Spider's Thread Across the Tay coming soon. She also continues to publish and win competitions for her short stories and articles.

BETTY MCKAY has had around 300 short stories and articles published in magazines, both in the UK and overseas. She also runs workshops in creative writing. Her first picture book is being published by Picture Kelpies and will be available from September 2011.

Wee Granny's Magic Bag
Emily and Harry love going on trips with Wee Granny. Surprising things always happen when she brings her tartan bag. Today they are going to the park, and when Mum calls to ask Granny if she'll bake some cakes for the school fair, an incredible afternoon begins . . .

A very funny picture book about two children and their amazing granny. With huge surprises on every page, you'll never guess what will appear next from Wee Granny's magic bag.

Picture Kelpies at Floris Books »
Magic Bag at Amazon »

Born far too many years ago in Scotland, FRANK MUIR graduated from Strathclyde University, Glasgow, with a degree he hated. He assures everyone who cares to listen, that he never really wanted to be a civil engineer, but with youthful apathy soon found himself working in Glasgow's Department of Architecture and Related Services designing sewerage schemes, and wondering how in the hell he got there, and what did he really want to do with his life. Working overseas sounded like a good idea, so off he went to the Middle East - Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain - then the USA, where he worked and lived for over 20 years, regrettably as a civil engineer.

But living and working overseas helped Frank appreciate the raw beauty of his home country, and his love of reading fiction helped him understand that his true calling was to be a novelist. Now a dual US/UK citizen, Frank makes his home in the outskirts of Glasgow, where he writes his best-selling crime series set in St. Andrews, the home of golf. Frank can often be seen carrying out some serious research in the old grey town's many pubs, all under the guise of practicing that 19th hole. Despite that, Frank assures his wife that he is working hard on his next crime novel. Visit Frank's website at www.frankmuir.com for details of his crime novels. Frank writes under the author name of T.F. Muir in the UK, and T. Frank Muir in the USA, and maintains that multiple author names are almost as confusing as civil engineering.

The following books by members of Strathkelvin Writers' Group are available from Amazon.co.uk :

  • The Grove Boys and Heather by Bill Findlay. Also available by contacting the author on 0141 772 7253
  • Vina's Quest by Irene Lebeter
  • We Could Possibly Comment: Ian Richardson Remembered by Sharon Mail
  • Wee Granny's Magic Bag by Elizabeth Mckay
  • Twice Born by Leela Soma
  • The Kellys of Kelvingrove by Margaret Thomson Davis