Alan Spence is an award-winning poet, playwright, novelist and short story writer. He is Professor Emeritus in Creative Writing at the University of Aberdeen where he founded the annual WORD Festival in 1999 and was its artistic director for twelve years. With his wife he runs the Sri Chinmoy Meditation Centre in Edinburgh. In 2017 he was appointed Edinburgh Makar, the poet laureate for the city, and in 2018 he was awarded the prestigious Order of the Rising Sun by the government of Japan. His most recent books are the novel Night Boat, playscript No Nothing, and poetry collection Morning Glory.