SBWN at the Edinburgh International Book Festival – 25 August 2023

Join us on Friday 25 August, 18:15-19:15 in the Baillie Gifford Storytime Yurt for our second event at this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival, as part of the Our City, Our Stories strand. 


We’re excited to be returning to the Edinburgh International Book Festival for another year! 

As part of the Our City, Our Stories events, local writers and poets share their work and showcase some of the best talent Edinburgh has to offer.

In this event, SBWN members Z. K. Abraham, Clementine E Burnley, Marjorie Lotfi, Lesa Ng, Raheema Sayed and Katalina Watt will be sharing their work.

Tickets are Pay What You Can from £0+ and are available from the EIBF website here. We can’t wait to see you there!

We also have a limited number of travel, child/care and data bursaries – request a bursary.

Read on below to learn more about our performers.


Z. K. Abraham (she/her) is a writer and psychiatrist. She completed a Master’s in Creative Writing with distinction from the University of Edinburgh. She has been published in FANTASY Magazine, The Rumpus, Chestnut Review, Podcastle, Apparition Lit, and more. She can be found on Twitter @pegasusunder1 and

Clementine E Burnley lives and works between the U.K. and Germany. She is a part-time, practice-based student of Process Oriented Psychotherapy. Her poems have been published in Ink, Sweat & Tears, Magma, and The Poetry Review. In 2021, she was the RSL Sky Award Winner for creative nonfiction.

Marjorie Lotfi is an Iranian-American who has lived in the UK for over 20 years. She’s a winner of the inaugural James Berry Prize, and her first collection The Wrong Person to Ask is forthcoming with Bloodaxe Books in October. She’s regularly commissioned to write new work, most recently The World May Be the Same with Hannah Lavery (supported by The Edwin Morgan Trust) and also writes and performs regularly with the 12 Collective of women writers.

Lesa Ng is an Edinburgh based Glaswegian at the beginning of her creative writing journey. She took a lead role in organising for the inclusion of the Readers of Colour book group on BBC’s The Big Scottish Book Club. Her work is published in the Responders of Colour Annual, and the Writers of Colour Audio Anthology (2022).

Raheema Sayed is a writer and creative based in Edinburgh. She enjoys the arts and exploring and merging different mediums of expression. Raheema uses Instagram stories to combine self-captured visuals of nature and her surroundings with her observations and deeper feelings. 

Katalina Watt’s writing is represented by Robbie Guillory at Underline, was longlisted for Penguin Write Now 2020, and awarded a 2021 Ladies of Horror Fiction Writers Grant. As founding Audio Director for khōréō, they won 2022 Ignyte Award for Best Fiction Podcast and were nominated for 2023 Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine.

Book tickers for SBWN’s takeover of Our City, Our Stories here

We also have a limited number of travel, child/care and data bursaries – request a bursary.

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