ALAN SPENCE is an award-winning poet and playwright, novelist and short story writer. He is Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Aberdeen where he founded the WORD Festival. His many awards include the Mcvitie Prize for Scottish Writer of the Year, The People’s Prize and the Macallan Short Story Prize. His play ON THE LINE (Dundee Rep) won a TMA Drama Award and his playscript SAILMAKER is a set text in Scottish Schools. His most recent books are the novel NIGHT BOAT and the poetry collection MORNING GLORY.