Sara Maitland was born in 1950. Her first novel Daughter of Jerusalem won the Somerset Maugham Award in 1979. Since then she has
published five more novels and
six collections of short stories. In March 2008 Maia press published Far North and Other Dark Tales to celebrate the launch of the film "Far North", directed by Asif Kapadia and starring Michelle Yeoh and Sean Bean, which was based on that dark tale. She also writes non-fiction,
A Big Enough God and
, Angel and Me (both from Continuum), and radio drama.
A Book of Silence was published by Granta in 2008
to considerable critical acclaim
In 2007 she moved to Galloway and has built herself a house on the moors above New Luce. A Book of Silence is partly a cultural history of silence and partly a personal memoir of her search of that elusive lifestyle.
Chris Gollon is an established name in British painting. Born London 1953, he has enjoyed many solo museum exhibitions in the UK, major museum acquisitions and public commissions. He has exhibited at Art Chicago and also with Yoko Ono, David Bowie and Gavin Turk in 'ROOT', a crossover exhibition of contemporary music and art created by Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, at Chisenhale Gallery, London. His work is attracting increasing acclaim in the national press and specialist arts press. His film collaboration with JABOD, entitled 'Kaleidomorphism One', was premiered in London at the East End Film Festival (2008). A Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Study, University of Durham, Chris Gollon lives and works in England, and is represented by IAP Fine Art, London. More information can be found at www.chrisgollon.com.