Kezia Dugdale

Kezia Dugdale, Labour MSP for Lothian, was born in Aberdeen and grew up in Elgin.
She graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a degree in Law in 2003. From 2015 until 2017 she was Scottish Labour Party Leader. She’s a fan of reading Scottish crime novels.

James Naughtie

James Naughtie began his journalism career on the Press and Journal and wrote for the Scotsman and Guardian before moving into broadcasting. A former presenter of Today on BBC Radio 4, and host of the network’s monthly Bookclub, he’s the author of acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction, including the spy thrillers Paris Spring and The Madness of July.

Susan Calman

Susan Calman is a stand up comic, author, and presenter who makes radio programmes on subjects as diverse as depression and kindness, and television programmes running the gamut from game shows to Scotland’s secret travel destinations

Her most recent book is Sunny Side Up.

Edi Stark

Edi Stark is an award winning broadcaster. She graduated from Aberdeen University and qualified as a librarian at Robert Gordon’s Institute of Technology.

She began her broadcasting career at Northsound. She established her own independent radio company, Stark Productions, which produces the weekly conversation series Stark Talk for BBC Radio Scotland.

Fiona Stalker

Fiona Stalker is a BBC Scotland news reporter and presenter based in Aberdeen. She presents Out For The Weekend, and loves climbing, sharks and crime fiction.

Alex Clark

Alex Clark is Guest Artistic Director at the 2019 Cambridge Literary Festival. A former Booker Prize judge, she is an editor and literary journalist who frequently writes for The Guardian, The Observer and the Times Literary Supplement.

Craig Sisterson

Craig Sisterson a lawyer turned features writer from New Zealand, now living in London. He’s a two time judge of the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year. He’s the founder of the Ngaio Marsh Awards and a writer at Crime Watch.

Lesley Anne Rose

Lesley Anne Rose is Head of Artistic Development at Aberdeen Performing Arts and Producer of Granite Noir. Her career in the cultural sector started as a cinema usherette which she still claims is the best job she ever had. Lesley Anne is also a former travel writer.