Brian Whittingham, born and living in Glasgow, is a poet, playwright, fiction writer, editor and creative writing tutor. Recent poetry collections include Drink the Green Fairy and The Old Man From Brooklyn and the Charing Cross Carpet. Recent plays include Smugglers and Black-Damp and The Devil’s Dandruff. In 1994 he received the Yaddo residency, and in 2000 he won first prize in the Sunday Herald Short Story Competition. His poems and stories have been widely published in anthologies and magazines. A former steelworker/draughtsman, he performed his steel-working poems as part of the BBC’s ‘Ballad of the Big Ships Live’ in Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall in 2007. He has performed and lectured in the UK, Europe and the USA, in places as diverse as beaches, universities, prisons, pubs, schools and colleges. He is currently a lecturer in creative writing at Glasgow’s College of Nautical Studies.