in alphabetical order, by surname
Reece Abbott is a writer often surprised by machines and believes that normality is grossly overrated. Proud member of an IT geek-family, she happily co-habits with a geek. Believing that one of the IT sector’s most serious threats is the enduring failure to embrace diversity, she was delighted when Gordon Brown apologised to Alan Turing. Read about the inspiration behind Reece Abbott’s short story, ‘Little Geek’
Viccy Adams is a writer and a researcher with an interest in creative processes. She likes single malts, reading, and random facts. Currently she’s writing a novel about a cleaner who makes friends with a robot, and researching the relationship between creativity and wellbeing in over 55s. Read about the inspiration behind Viccy Adams’ short story, ‘G(in) & T(uring)’
Jane Alexander is an Edinburgh-based writer, lecturer and literature development freelancer. Her short fiction has been most recently published in New Writing Scotland 30, ClockWorks and ImagiNation: Stories of Scotland’s Future. Read about the inspiration behind Jane Alexander’s short fiction, ’Enjoy Speaking To Another Person Like Me’
Robert Ang is currently a Master’s student at the University of Edinburgh. He is working towards a degree in Cognitive Science. He likes cereal, unexpectedly losing weight, and Sarah Brightman. When he grows up he wants to be a zesty little cartographer with lots of really good ideas. Read about the inspiration behind Robert Ang’s short story ‘Petros’
Ruth Aylett is Professor of Computer Science at Heriot-Watt University, researching artificial intelligence: specifically intelligent graphical characters and human-robot interaction. She writes poetry and short stories on themes technological and not and has been published in CS4Fun, New Scottish Writing, and Textualities. She presented Sarah the Poetic Robot this August at the Inky Fingers MiniFest Science and Poetry session. Read about the inspiration behind Ruth Aylett’s poem, ‘Turing’
Ruth Brandt’s literary and commercial short stories have been published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 4, by Leaf Books, Candis,Yours, Litro and Ireland’s Own magazines, among others. She studied Mathematics and Physics at London University and lives in Surrey with her two delightful teenage sons. Read about the inspiration behind Ruth Brandt’s short story, ‘Stop All The Clocks’
Christos Christodoulopoulos is a third year PhD student in Computational Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh. His research focuses on unsupervised learning methods for examining multilingual syntactic and semantic phenomena. More generally, he is interested in philosophy, cognitive science and language. He is very keen on science communication and is producer of the EUSci podcast. Read about the inspiration behind Christos Christodoulopoulos’ short story, ‘Entscheidungsproblem’
Caroline Davison is a nurse with thirty three years of experience. She is interested in science. Theatre, books, music and films are also important to her. She is involved in theatre projects which have included use of video and radio, and has had five short works performed on stage at a local professional theatre. Turing’s life story fascinates her, as does the idea of the Enigma code.
Micha Elsner is a postdoctoral researcher in the Institute for Language, Computation and Cognition at the University of Edinburgh. His research focuses on discourse structure and on modeling how children learn their first words.
Andrew Fentham is a twenty-six year old poet from Birmingham. His work has previously appeared in magazines including Poetry Review, The London Magazine, Brand, The Rialto, The Warwick Review and (in English and French translation) The Black Herald, and in the anthology Lung Jazz: Young British Poets for Oxfam (Cinnamon Press).
Robert Fisher is a professor in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. As well as having long-standing research interests about 3D (and other) computer vision, he is also interested in how artificial intelligence is presented in the cinema.
Hallie Fletcher is a young mother and writer from Manchester. She began writing in Junior School but it wasn’t until High School (thank you Mr. Green) that she was really encouraged to write about truly inspirational subjects. When her grandfather told her about Alan Turing she instantly felt a connection.
Kate L Fox is a writer who particularly enjoys writing poetry. She has an MA in creative writing from the University of Kent. Since completing her MA in 2009 she has continued writing and has had several poems published. She likes the idea of this anthology because it celebrates the contribution of important and brave people that haven’t always been recognised.
Kathy Gee lives in Worcestershire, UK. She works in museums and heritage and in 2011 she was a finalist for the Worcestershire Laureate. Her poems have been accepted by The Found Poetry Review, Lighten Up Online, Decanto and The Interpreter’s House. Kathy’s blog is an experimental vehicle for video poems. Read about the inspiration behind Kathy Gee’s poem, ‘Cyber Raptors’
Pippa Goldschmidt is a writer in residence at the Genomics Forum based at the University of Edinburgh, and she used to be an astronomer. Her novel Wider than the Sky, about an astronomer, is shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize. She won a Scottish Book Trust/New Writers Award for 2011/12. Read about the inspiration behind Pippa Goldschmidt’s poem, ‘The Imitation Game’
Mark Harding lives among the sky and cellars of Edinburgh. Stories have been published on line and on paper. He has larks with the spoken word group Writers’ Bloc and is the founder of Mutation Press, whose latest anthology is Rocket Science, edited by Ian Sales. He’s trying to write a first novel that writes itself, and he’s busy working on his second childhood. Read about the inspiration behind Mark Harding’s animation, ‘Spambot Heartbreak’
Tania Hershman‘s second collection, My Mother Was An Upright Piano: Fictions, was published in May 2012 by Tangent Books. She is writer-in-residence in the Science Faculty at Bristol University, a judge of the 2012 Royal Society Winton Prize for Popular Science Books, and her short and very short stories have been published online and in print and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Read about the inspiration behind Tania Hershman’s short story, ‘The Perfect Egg’
Gavin Inglis learned to program on an 8K Commodore PET. He has a degree in AI, and teaches flash fiction at the University of Edinburgh. Gavin’s genre-defining game “Eerie Estate Agent” is available from Choice Of Games.
Craig Lamont is a short story writer working towards an MRes at Strathclyde University. He is also a graphic designer, doing the tech and book covers at Cargo Publishing. Read about the inspiration behind Craig Lamont ‘s short story, ‘Brushing’
Gabriel Lampert is a former professor and practitioner of statistics who lived for four decades in a small town in the desert of southern New Mexico and retired three years ago to live within earshot of the ocean. He thinks that Alan Turing would appreciate the silliness of his story — he certainly would hope so. Read about the inspiration behind Gabriel Lampert’s short story, ‘Dumb Animal’
Helen Limon is a graduate of the Newcastle University PhD program in creative writing where she is a teaching associate. She has published a number of picture books for adults and children and her first novel for children, Om Shanti Babe, won the Diverse Voices Children’s Book Award in 2011 and is published by Frances Lincoln.
Alex Lockwood is a senior lecturer at the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies, University of Sunderland, and is completing a PhD in Creative Writing at Newcastle University. He has been published in various academic and creative journals. He is also a keen runner. Read about the inspiration behind Alex Lockwood’s short story, ‘Running Hard’
Chris Malcolm was born 1942. Studied philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. Became a computer programmer. In 1960s fascinated by Grey Walter’s ‘tortoises’ (Machinae Speculatrix & Docilis). Joined Edinburgh’s Department of AI in 1981 as a contract robotics researcher. Became a lecturer in 1987. Main interests assembly robotics and philosophy of mind. Retired in 2004.
Brian McCabe is currently a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Lancaster University. He has published three collections of poetry, the most recent being Zero (Polygon, 2009). He has published one novel and five collections of short stories, the most recent being A Date With My Wife (Canongate, 2001). His Selected Stories was published by Argyll in 2003. He was Editor of Edinburgh Review 2005-2010.
Andrew McCallum is a widely published poet from Biggar in South Lanarkshire. While researching his poem, Andrew was struck by Turing’s folklorish beauty, the circumstances of his death and its synchronicity with Grimms’ tale of ‘Schneewittchen’ (Snow White). Andrew works in the voluntary care sector in South Central Edinburgh. Read about the inspiration behind Andrew McCallum’s poem, ‘Scheewittchen’
Greg Michaelson is Professor of Computer Science at Heriot-Watt University, and a Visitor at the University of Edinburgh School of Informatics as Co-investigator on an EPSRC “Automated Reasoning” Platform grant. His novel The Wave Singer (Argyll, 2008) was shortlisted for a Scottish Arts Council/Scottish Mortgage Trust First Book Award. Read about the inspiration behind Greg Michaelson’s short story, ‘A Visit To The Turing Machine’
Andrew Nightingale first encountered Turing when studying the Turing machine in the first year of his degree in Microelectronic Engineering at the University of Manchester. Turing appears along with Billie Holiday and cast of other characters in his non-linear murder mystery poem, Hermegasmica, available as a free ebook from Shearsman. Read about the inspiration behind Andrew Nightingale’s poem ‘The Imitation Game’
Damian O’Riain completed a practice-led PhD in electroacoustic composition at the Sonic Arts Research Center (Queens University Belfast). Prior to this he obtained an MPhil in music and media technologies at Trinity College Dublin. His compositional output has been presented internationally and he was a prize winner at the 34th Bourges International Competition for Music and Sound Art. Read about the inspiration behind Damian O’Riain’s sound piece, ‘T42bits’
Jon Oberlander is Professor of Epistemics at the University of Edinburgh. He was founder-Director of the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance, and leads Edinburgh’s Inspace project, a living lab exploring the cultural significance of informatics and new media. He studies ways of getting computers to talk (or write) like you and me.
Katrina Porteous is best-known for her innovative radio-poems for BBC Radio 3 and 4, which include ‘Beach Ride’, ‘Longshore Drift’, ‘Dunstanburgh’ and ‘The Refuge Box’ (all with producer Julian May). She is published by Bloodaxe Books. Read about the inspiration behind Katrina Porteous’ poem, ‘What I Recall’
Geoff Pullum is currently Professor of General Linguistics in the School of Philosophy, Psychology, and Language Sciences at the University of Edinburgh and Gerard Visiting Professor of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences at Brown University in the USA. His research is primarily on the syntax of human languages, and he has side interests in logic and theoretical computer science.
Stevie Ronnie is an award-winning writer, artist and creative researcher with a background in Computer Science. His work spans art forms to produce pieces for publication, exhibition, installation and / or performance. Read about the inspiration behind Stevie Ronnie’s animation, ‘The Unit Of Attention’, and poem, ‘Unix Is A Drug’
Tracey S. Rosenberg‘s debut novel, The Girl in the Bunker (Cargo Publishing, 2011), was a Scottish bestseller in its first week. Thanks to a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust, she recently completed a poetry chapbook, Star and Luck, as well as a full-length collection, Secondary. She is a staff member and former student at the University of Edinburgh. Read about the inspiration behind Tracey S Rosenberg’s poem, ’Perceptions of the Turing Machine’
Helen Sedgwick is a freelance writer who has worked as a research physicist at the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh. Her fiction and non-fiction has been published in Litro, Gutter and Nature, and she won a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2012. Read about the inspiration behind Helen Sedgwick’s short story, ‘Morphogenesis’
Victor Tapner has won several poetry awards, including first prize in the Academi Cardiff International Competition and Scotland’s Wigtown. His collection Flatlands (Salt), a cycle tracing 2,000 years of prehistory, won the poetry prize in the 2011 East Anglian Book Awards and was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize. Read about the inspiration behind Victor Tapner’s poem, ‘The Limitations of Artificial Intelligence’
Joshua Turner is a fledgling writer based in Edinburgh, aspiring to find his wings in a city that thrives on literature. He loves reading more than coffee, which he loves more than his mother. Writing is a passion that allows his imagination freedom without having the rest of him incarcerated. Read about the inspiration behind Joshua Turner’s short story, ‘\Run?’