- meet the Quotidian team -

Left to right: Shannon Milligan, Sarah Coll, Andrew Thomson, Beth McCallum, Melissa Reid and Stephen O'Shea



Melissa Reid
Editor & designer

Melissa Reid is a curious 20-something writer, reader and photograph-taker who grew up by the sea (...technically: the River Clyde). She has a first class honours degree in Journalism, Creative Writing and English from the University of Strathclyde where, supported by an AHRC scholarship, she is currently working towards (and nearing the end of) a PhD in Creative Writing as well as teaching Creative Writing undergraduates the building blocks of fiction, creative nonfiction, and why it's best to avoid over-adverb-usage. At the moment, Melissa spends most of her time writing a contemporary coming-of-age novel which she hopes to finish later this year. Her writing has been published various places including one of her short stories being broadcast on BBC Radio 4 as part of their Scottish Short’s series. She also keeps an observational blog, Something I Noticed, which is in itself a sort of 'love letter to the ordinary'. 

You can find Melissa's blog: here


Stephen O'Shea

Stephen O’Shea is a Texan author studying a PhD in creative writing at the University of Strathclyde. His current project is a collection of short stories based upon the narratives of combat veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Stephen also has an affinity for travel and travel writing, having road-tripped around the entire continental US for one year and explored several other corners of the world besides. 

He's been published by American and Scottish literary magazines, earned Runner Up in Moniack Mhor's New Author Award, was shortlisted by Glimmer Train for their Short Story Award for New Writers, and recently received the Gillian Purvis Award for New Writing. Stephen also teaches creative writing to Strathclyde undergraduates.

You can find his website: here.


Beatrice Colin
Consulting Editor

Beatrice Colin is a novelist, radio dramatist and short story writer. Her latest novel, To Capture What We Cannot Keep, was published in late 2016/early 2017 in the UK/US/AUS and will be translated into six languages. She's written six other novels including: The Luminous Life of Lilly Aphrodite (2008) which was a Richard and Judy pick and short-listed for several awards including a British Book Award; Pyrates Boy (2013), a novel for children, shortlisted for the SBT Children's Book Award 2015; and My Invisible Sister (2010) which was made into a film for TV by Disney. She also writes radio plays and adaptations for BBC Radio 4 including the Women’s Hour serials, The Ice Wife (2015) and The True Story of Bonnie Parker (2013). Her new radio play, The Ferryman’s Apprentice will be broadcast in 2017 on BBC Radio 4. A former journalist, her work has been published in newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, The Scotsman, Black Book and The List.  She is currently a lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Strathclyde

You can find Beatrice's website: here.


Issue #3 Assistant Editors:


Beth Mccallum

Beth McCallum is a 4th year Creative Writing, Journalism and English Literature student at the University of Strathclyde. She’s been published a few places, including issue #2 of Quotidian (find her poem Intruders: here). On her blog, she stores her short stories and poetry; she also dedicates an Instagram account to books and reviews. After graduation, she plans to complete the novel she has been working on for a couple years. 


Andrew thomson

Andrew Thomson is a twenty-one-year-old student, currently in his final year at Strathclyde University. He is studying English, Journalism and Creative Writing and works in a bookshop in Glasgow on the side. He has aspirations of working in publishing, and vows to combine his love of food and writing in the hopes of one day becoming a food critic. 


Sarah Coll

Sarah Coll is in her second year at the University of Strathclyde studying English, Creative Writing and Journalism. She is a keen poet and so far has had pieces published by Forward Poetry and by City of Glasgow College. She had also performed spoken word alongside Liz Lochhead and Christopher Brookmyre.



Shannon milligan

Shannon Milligan is a second year Journalism, Creative Writing and Politics student at the University of Strathclyde. She enjoys writing and reading a variety of genres, but particularly fantasy and science fiction. Her favourite book is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Her poetry has featured in the City of Glasgow College’s writing magazine, and she's also had an article published in the Glasgow News.