Who We Are

Inky Fingers is organised by a small collective of volunteers.

Alec Beattie is a writer, publisher (he manages and edits Duality), performance poet, spoken word event organiser and perpetual student.  He’s taken to the spoken word stage regularly over the last eighteen months at many venues throughout central Scotland and, much to everyone’s surprise, won a slam. He emcees too. He’s had many short stories and poems published, was the 2012 overall winner of the annual Craigmillar poetry contest, and has written the odd commission as well.  He’s also a wizard in the kitchen, a bass baritone in the shower and a lover of Lothian buses.

Mairi Campbell-Jack is an lover of Edinburgh and writes poems and short stories.  Having started in the world of performance poetry, the highlight of which was performing at Glastonbury, she now prefers to write page poetry, but is always keen to experiment with a chimera of both forms and support the spoken word scene and new writers.  She strives to keep her obsession with Social Media, and the many blogs she is involved in, under control.  She will be starting a Masters in Creative Writing at the end of 2012, and still isn’t quite sure how she will manage it all.  She is also very, very good at hide and seek and always carries a naughty corner everywhere she goes.

Harry Giles has lived on four islands, each larger than the last. He co-founded Inky Fingers, the Edinburgh-based spoken word organisation, in October 2010. He is a performance poet, theatre director, and freelance workshop facilitator, who has given feature performances at nights including Chill Pill, JibbaJabba and Last Monday at Rio; won multiple slams including the UK Student Slam (2008), the BBC Scotland Slam (2009), the Glasgow Slam (2010); and been published in journals including Magma, PANK and Drey.

Rachel McCrum arrived in Edinburgh via Manchester, New Zealand, Oxford and a small seaside town in Northern Ireland. She was a finalist in the 2012 BBC Edinburgh Festival Slam, and winner of the 2012 International Women’s Day Slam. She is one half of Rally & Broad, Scotland’s newest cabaret of lyrical delight, and published her first pamphlet The Glassblower Dances with Stewed Rhubarb Press in July 2012. She has performed at Wickerman Festival, StAnza, and headlined nights at Last Monday in Rio and Blind Poetics. She also likes sailing, smoking, dark chocolate and yellow piccalilli, and talking with people with passion and commitment in their souls. And she throws a damn good party.

Katherine McMahon is an Edinburgh based performance poet, who has revelled in pub backroom performances and stagelight-soaked mics across the city, as well as further afield. She has been been a finalist or winner in slams run by the Edinburgh University Literature Society, Utter! and Tea Fuelled; crucially, she also won a Blue Peter badge for a poem when she was 9. Her first pamphlet, ‘Treasure in the History of Things’, is out on Stewed Rhubarb press, paired with a CD album in collaboration with musician and sound designer Fiona Keenan. She helped to run successful theatre company Theatre Paradok for two years, working with them in a variety of roles, from publicity officer to set designer to stage manager. She has a degree in Social Anthropology, and likes baking elaborate desserts.

Rose Ritchie is is an alumna of Jenny Lindsay’s University of Edinburgh performance poetry course, where she discovered for the first time that poetry did not have to be boring, and could be performed by anyone, including folk like her. Now she loves promoting and encouraging others to take part in performance poetry, so that they to can change from nervous performers to dramatic artists.

Tracey S. Rosenberg grew up in Chicago and now lives in Edinburgh. She was awarded a 2010-2011 New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust, and her debut poetry pamphlet, Lipstick is Always a Plus, is being published by Stewed Rhubarb Press.  In the last few years, she’s travelled to Morocco, Jordan, and Easter Island.

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