Donald Anderson
Teaches Modern Studies and History at a Secondary school in Glasgow. Active it the Scottish Republican Movement for many years.

Freddy Anderson
Originally from Monaghan, now a well-established Glasgow poet and novelist. Currently writing a book of short stories.

Norman Bissell
A teacher, formerly Strathclyde EIS Convener, he is active at his union is both local and national level. Secretary of the Scottish Federation of Socialist Teachers since its inception in 1986. Helped found Open World Poetics in 1989 - which discusses poetic, ecological, scientific, political and philosophical issues and connections between them.

John Taylor Caldwell
Born 1911 in Glasgow. Author of Come Dungeons Dark, the biography of Guy Aldred with whom he worked for 27 years. Is currently at work on his own autobiography.

Ned Donaldson
Born Glasgow 1927. Has recently retired from his trade as bricklayer but continues active in the left-wing movement. He and his friend Les Forster are currently writing a fuller account of the Merrylee Campaign.

Michael Donnelly
Assistant curator as People's Palace till his dismissal in October 1989 for publishing an article in the Glasgow Herald daring to criticise District Council leader Pat Lally and museums director Julian Spalding. Plans to take his case to Industrial Tribunal.

William Gilfedder
Born Glasgow 1945, left school as fifteen. Various jobs. Poems published in Scottish Review, the Glasgow Magazine, and New Writing Scotland vol 5, 6, 7, 8.

Alasdair Gray
Originally a painter and playwright, becoming better known for his prose fiction.

James kelman
Author of novels and short stories. Has recently completed a new collection of the latter.

Robert Lynn
Born Calton, Glasgow, 1924. After his apprenticeship in Yarrow's he joined the merchant service and sailed as an engineer officer. An anarchist from the age of twenty, and a firm believer in the supreme efficacy of direct action in the fight against oppression.

J.E. MacInnes
Winner of the Scotia Bar Writers' Prize for her short story Meadowsweet. She is the Regional Councillor for Alness in Ross-shire.

Ian McKechnie
Born in Anderston, Glasgow, 1938. Left wing activist over many years. His poems have appeared in magazines and anthologies.

Brendan McLaughlin
Worked ass telephone engineer before going to Strathclyde University in 1978. He writes stories and songs. Edited the anthology A Spiel Amang Us (Mainstream 1990).

Farquhar McLay
Born in the Gorbals, 1934. Has published widely, mainly in magazines.

Jack Withers
Has written for theatre, TV and radio. His poems can be found in many magazines including Lines Review, Chapman, Radical Scotland. A collection of his poetry and prose, Glasgow Limbo was published by Clydeside Press in September 1990.

J.N. Reilly
Born Glasgow 1957. His work has appeared in many magazines and anthologies including Workers' City and A Spiel Amang Us where his prize‑winning story On a Hot June Day was published. He is the author of numerous books and a 3-vol translation of Rimbaud's complete works.

Hugh Savage
A plumber to trade, he has been active in the working‑class movement most of his life. He is presently Chairman of the Friends of the People's Palace.

Jeff Torrington
Was born in the Gorbals in 1935. Swing Hammer Swing has been excerpted from his nearly‑completed novel of the same name.

James D. Young
Is Reader in History at the University of Stirling. A prolific writer who contributes regularly to the Glasgow Herald, the Irish Post and the Times Higher Education Supplement, he was recently described at a university conference so a 'culturalist'. He is sympathetic to all those workers and intellectuals who put "the intellectual heid" on those who defend the morally bankrupt system of late twentieth-century capitalism.