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Shortbread Stories. was founded by author Robin Pilcher and bookseller William Thomson to develop a concept for publishing short stories. As Robin Pilcher explains:
"A few years ago, I attended a writer's workshop at a literary weekend in Glasgow and was bowled over by the quality of writing that was on offer. Every story was worthy of being published, but I knew that, at the end of that weekend, most of them would probably be shoved away in a bottom drawer and forgotten about. I left determined to find a way to let those voices be heard."
"Shortbread is the result, a website designed specifically to be a showcase for writers and to make their stories available to a worldwide audience. So lets open up that bottom drawer and resurrect those hidden treasures."
Robin Pilcher has worked as a cowboy, an assistant film cameraman, a farmer, a public relations and marketing consultant and a tennis coach. His first book, An Ocean Apart was published in 1999 and sold to 11 countries, as well as reaching the lower echelons of the best-seller lists in the UK and the USA. This was followed in 2002 by Starting Over, which reached #9 in the New York Times Bestseller Lists, and A Risk Worth Taking in February 2004. All three books have been adapted for television. Robin's latest Starburst is set around the annual Edinburgh Festival
Fiona Smith, Editor Profile
Fiona Smith joined the team in August 2008 as the Editor of Shortbread to co-ordinate all aspects of the website and to oversee the undisciplined work styles of the two founders! Fiona is an honours graduate in English Literature from the University of Stirling. She specialises in Creative Writing and has already successfully masterminded the development of a community website for the fashion industry.
Alice Pilcher, Editor Profile
Alice Pilcher (31) is a BA Hons graduate in Spanish and Latin American History from Goldsmith University, but then she forgot all about that kind of thing and joined an Interior Design company in London where she worked happily for years. However, eager to leave London, Alice joined her sister, Florence, travelling around the world for 8 months and has recently returned to Scotland. She now aims to split her time between Shortbread and raising money for her two projects in Kenya, St. Steven's Orphanage and Mia Moja Primary School, both in Timau, Central Highlands.
Florence Pilcher, Editor Profile
Florence Pilcher (24) is a BA Hons graduate in Performing Arts and Arts and Administration from Oxford Brookes University. She has worked as front-of-house for three years at the Underbelly at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, is newly returned from circumnavigating the world. She is about to embark on a Stage Makeup course at the University of Middlesex before heading out to New York for a work placement at the end of the year.
Gary Duncan has worked alongside Robin, William, Fiona and Red Barn Studios from the outset, helping to transform Shortbread Stories from concept to reality. An honours graduate in Interaction Design from the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Gary runs the digital end of Red Barn Studios and lovingly builds and develops the Shortbread website.
Red Barn Studios develop audio for the Shortbread website and have been a big part of the project since it's introduction.