FRIENDS OF MIST AND MOUNTAIN
- Amal Chatterjee
Amal Chatterjee has published fiction and history and also writes for stage. Senior Course Tutor on the Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Oxford, he also teaches various kinds of writing, creative and academic, in Amsterdam and Paris. His novel, Across the Lakes, was shortlisted for India’s Crossword Book Award, and he has had a Scottish Arts Council Writers’ Bursary and been shortlisted for a Creative Scotland Award. Of Indian and Sri Lankan ancestry, he grew up in Calcutta and Darjeeling in India has lived in Spain and Scotland and now divides his time between Amsterdam and Oxford. His other books are Representations of India, 1740-1840 and (editor & contributor) Writers on Writing. His short plays have been staged by Tamasha and Pokfulam Road. He is currently working on non-fiction and drama.
- Dr. Wayne Price:
Wayne Price is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Aberdeen. His teaching and scholarship specialisms are in 20th century American poetry and fiction, and he has published widely in the UK, Ireland, the US and Australia. He has won numerous national and international awards for fiction and poetry and has twice been a finalist in the Manchester International Poetry Prize (2013 and 2014), one of the UK’s richest poetry awards. His short story collection Furnace(Freight Books, 2012) was longlisted for the Frank O’Connor Prize and nominated for the Saltire Scottish First Book of the Year.
- Kevin McGrath:
Kevin McGrath was born in southern China in 1951 and was educated in England and Scotland; he has lived and worked in France, Greece, and India. Presently he is an Associate of the Department of South Asian Studies and Poet Laureate at Lowell House, Harvard University.
Publications include, Fame (1995), Lioness (1998), The Sanskrit Hero (2004), Flyer (2005), Comedia (2008), Stri (2009), Jaya (2011), Supernature (2012), Eroica, and Heroic Krsna (2013), In the Kacch and Windward (2015), Arjuna Pandava and Eros (2016), Raja Yudhisthira (2017, Bhisma Devavrata (2018), Vyasa Redux (2019), and On Friendship (forthcoming, 2021). McGrath lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his family. Link.
4. Marti Leimbach
Marti Leimbach is the author of several novels including Age of Consent, The Man From Saigon, and Daniel Isn’t Talking, published by Penguin Random House (USA) and Harper Collins/Fourth Estate (UK). Her international bestseller, Dying Young, was translated into over fifteen languages and made into a major motion picture starring Julia Roberts. Her novel, Daniel Isn’t Talking, was also widely translated and a Waterstones summer read bestseller. Her newest work is the young adult novel, Dragonfly Girl, due for publication by Harper Collins in February 2021.
Born in Washington DC, Marti graduated from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and was a Regent’s Fellow in the Creative Writing Program at the University of California, Irvine. She is a core tutor at the University of Oxford’s Masters Programme in Creative Writing.
5. David M.A. Francis
David M. A. Francis undertook his initial medical training at the University of Edinburgh and later worked as a kidney transplant surgeon in Melbourne, Australia, and Kathmandu, Nepal. He is now a writer and poet and resides in Melbourne. His short stories, biographical prose and poetry have won national awards, and have been published in international and Australian journals and anthologies. His first poetry collection, Promises Made at Night, was published by Melbourne Poets Union in 2013. In 2018 he was awarded a PhD from the University of Melbourne for his thesis Here Be Monsters: Body Imagery in the Poetry of Sylvia Plath. David is currently working on a second collection of poems inspired by his work in Nepal and writing a memoir that highlights the importance of his hands in his life.
6. Rohan Chhetri
Rohan Chhetri is a Nepali Indian poet based in Houston. His poems appear in The Paris Review, New England Review, Literary Hub, Poetry Society of America & elsewhere, and have been translated into French for Revue Europe. He is the author of Slow Startle (2016), winner of the Emerging Poets’ Prize, and a chapbook of poems, Jurassic Desire, winner of the Per Diem Prize 2017. His new book of poems is Lost, Hurt, Or in Transit Beautiful (Tupelo Press/Harper Collins IN, 2021).
7. Dr. Prasanna Gautam
Dr Prasanna Chandra Gautam MBBS, MRCP, FRCPE, FRSPH.
Dr Gautam took up full time writing as a hobby after retiring as a Consultant Physician and Senior Lecturer in Medicine in Aberdeen, Scotland. His memoir, I Need to Break Your Other Leg, won a commendation at the national BMA Book Award in 2008. His latest book is a collection of essays ‘Reflections in Contemporary Values, Beliefs and Practices’. Besides scores of technical publications, he has written, edited and translated several books in Nepali, Hindi and Sanskrit. His monumental work is the word for word English translation of the Rig Veda (in four volumes) published as the prestigious silver jubilee project of Bhavan’s Book University, Mumbai in 2014. He has also published two novels and several articles in reputable journals. He lives in Aberdeen, Scotland.