Sara Shaarawi is a playwright, translator and performer from Cairo who is now based in Glasgow. She has had her work performed at the Tron Theatre, The Traverse, Village Pub Theatre, Platform, and the CCA. Sara also took part in the Playwrights Studio Scotland’s 2015 Mentoring Programme and the National Theatre of Scotland’s Breakthrough Writers programme. Other credits include dramaturg, performing and translation for One Day in Spring (Oran Mor/NTS) and Here’s the News from Over There (Northern Stage). She is also one of the recipients of the Playwrights’ Studio Scotland’s New Playwright’s Awards this year.
Katherine McMahon is a performance poet living and working in Edinburgh. She helped to run spoken word programme Inky Fingers from 2011 – 2013, and has performed across the UK, from pubs to festivals to one glorious night with a full orchestra and a specially written score. She has run participatory arts projects, workshops, and a range of weird and wonderful events. Her first pamphlet, Treasure in the History of Things, was published by Stewed Rhubarb Press in 2012. She has also worked in theatres, a cinema, a library, and for LGBT and mental health charities, and has experience in community development work. She also likes baking elaborate desserts, swimming in unlikely places, and growing things.
Dr. Poppy Kohner is a researcher, writer and organiser. She co-ordinates and hosts the Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet) Film Series at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow and sits on Document Film Festival Board. Her dual interests in theatre and anthropology fuel her passion in creative arts and popular education for social and political transformation. As a co-founder of direct-action group Resist Militarism Network (formerly White Feather Collective), having written for The Drouth, New Profile and Forces Watch, and havin been an advisor to the Tron Theatre Young Company for SHEEP (2016), the various strands of her work are focused on the demilitarisation of society and culture.
Harry Giles is from Orkney, and is a poet, performer and general doer of things. They have lived on four islands, each larger than the last. They trained in Theatre Directing (MA with Merit,East 15 Acting School, 2010) and Sustainable Development (MA 1st Class, University of St Andrews, 2009) and their work generally happens in the crunchy places where performance and politics get muddled up. Their most recent book is the poetry collection Tonguit (Freight Books 2014) and their most recent show is Everything I Bought and How It Made Me Feel.
Henry Bell is a writer, editor, and events organiser based in Glasgow. He has organised arts festivals with hundreds of performances and significant financial backing, coordinated international tours, and has also tried his hand at wedding planning, selling pasties, and working the spotlights at the Glasgow Pavilion. He is the managing editor ofGutter, Scotland’s magazine of new writing, and has worked on plays with Oran Mor, The Playwrights Studio, and at the Edinburgh Fringe. He has edited a number of books including A Bird is Not a Stone, an anthology of contemporary Palestinian poetry in the languages of Scotland.