Born in a small town on the Lancashire coast, Richard left the seaside behind to pursue a degree in English Literature on the other side of the country. He managed to catch one.
London next, and a musical path, in a band hailed as one of the best live unsigned bands in London by many of the band-members’ closest friends. These undoubtedly deserved plaudits notwithstanding the band stoically remained unsigned, and a career in sales and marketing followed, mainly in the genteel world of book publishing but occasionally in the dark alleys and ill-lit streets of less noble commerce.
Later, following a variety of moves further north, coupled with improving views, but ever worsening weather and the acquisition of an Australian wife and three children, he finds himself living in Fife, working in Edinburgh, and playing guitar anywhere he can find a quiet space.
No stranger to taking the long way around as he progressed through nth degrees in History and Law, John accidentally fell into the publishing world nine years ago. This initially inauspicious move was followed by a rapid rise through many roles at Leckie & Leckie Publishers, culminating in his eventual appointment as Commissioning Editor.
When not striving at the publishing coalface, John is a keen runner and plays football to the best of his abilities twice a week. He’s also a fan of outdoor adventures, taking photos, drinking coffee and doing the Times 2 crossword (or not, as the case may be).
John lives in Edinburgh.
After a short, unfulfilling stint in banking, Alan studied Publishing at Napier University before embarking on a much more rewarding career in the world of books. First port of call was the literary hotspot of Edinburgh’s new town and a brief sojourn amongst the shelves of the much missed Stockbridge bookshop. Before long, the bright lights of London town and a job with the venerable Butterworth & Co tempted Alan southwards. Alan became well versed in all things editorial and production and he humbly accepted the promotions that came his way. After a decade of toiling in the big smoke, Alan followed his heart and went home to be with his girl from the north country!
They are now happily married with 2 children and live on the edge of the Pentland hills. When not working or spending time with his family, Alan likes to don a fancy shirt and socialise with pals or join his fellow Tartan Army footsoldiers on their high jinks around Europe.
Born and raised in (occasionally) sunny Edinburgh, Rosie left for the first time to venture down to Newcastle to pursue her dream of reading books all day by studying English Literature. Three years later, with a degree under her belt and an enormous backpack on her shoulders, Rosie left on a 2 year long adventure through North America, Australia, New Zealand and South Asia and made her friends back home jealous with photos of herself in exotic places. In 2011 she returned home to study for a Masters in Publishing at Edinburgh Napier and, while lamenting about the rapid fading of her tan, spent a year between internships, work placements and selling books in Waterstones before joining the Bright Red team as Marketing & Publishing Assistant.
Outside of the Bright Red office Rosie enjoys attempting to look coordinated in Zumba class, catching up with her friends and family and spending too much money in H & M.