Aileen Ballantyne

Aileen Ballantyne is the winner of the 2015 £2,000 Mslexia Poetry Competition and of the short poem category of the International Poetry on the Lake Prize at Orta San Giulio in Italy (2015). Her poems have also won the Wigtown Book Festival Poetry Competition (2012) and the National Galleries of Scotland Competition (2011), and have been included in the Freight anthology Umbrellas of Edinburgh. She is the former staff medical correspondent for the Guardian and the Sunday Times and her investigative journalism has twice been commended in the British Press Awards. Aileen has a PhD in Creative writing and Modern Poetry from Edinburgh University where she teaches contemporary poetry and English and Scottish Literature.