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