About Us

Words Per Minute (WPM) was set up in 2010 by Glasgow-based writers Kirstin Innes and Anneliese Mackintosh, and was as a monthly event by Kirstin with Kirsty Logan and Helen Sedgwick, both of who are also, coincidentally, Glasgow-based writers. As an occasional event, it’s hosted and programmed by Kirstin Innes.

Kirstin Innes is a writer and journalist. Her short fiction has been published in Gutter magazine, in Cargo Publishing’s anthology The Year of Open Doors, and in the Edinburgh International Book Festival/MacSweeney’s Elsewhere anthology, and she’s currently working on her first novel, Fishnet, longlisted for the Mslexia First Novel Award.

Kirstin has performed her work on BBC Radio Scotland, at the Edinburgh International and Wigtown Book Festivals, the Melbourne Emerging Writers Festival and the International Festival of Authors, Toronto.

As a journalist, she writes for The Independent, The Scotsman, The Herald, Scotland on Sunday and The List. Kirstin won a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2008. kirstininnes.com

Helen Sedgwick is a writer, editor and creative writing tutor living in Glasgow. She writes novels, short stories and non-fiction, has been published in Litro, Algebra, Spilling Ink and Nature, and is represented by Jenny Brown Associates.

Helen is the review editor of Gutter and one of the founding editors of Fractured West, the new printed literary magazine of flash fiction. She has performed at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, The Edinburgh Fringe and Glasgow’s Aye Write and she currently teaches creative writing for Glasgow University and the International Summer School at Edinburgh University. www.helensedgwick.com

Kirsty Logan mostly writes about books and sex, both fictionally and non-fictionally. She is currently working on her first novel, Rust and Stardust, and a short story collection, The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales.
Her short fiction and poetry has been published in around 80 anthologies, including Best British Short Stories 2011 (Salt), and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Her non-fiction has been published in the Boston Globe, The Millions and The Rumpus. Kirsty has won the Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award and third place in the Bridport Prize, and been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Along with Helen Sedgwick, Kirsty co-founded and co-edits Fractured West, a new magazine for edgy and experimental flash fiction.  www.kirstylogan.com