We’ve sent five multi-talented and very different writers from Scotland on five extraordinary journeys across the Americas.

They are our Outriders.

Each will be joined by a fellow writer from the country being travelled.

Follow the story of their journeys here.

The political, the personal, truth and fiction collide to produce fresh new perspectives.

Writers contribute immeasurably to our understanding of the world and ourselves – they expose untold stories, draw connections, provoke, find truth and offer a new lens through which to view people, places and events.

Our five Outriders and their five travelling companions will appear at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August, in a series of discussions and a grand gala performance, which unveil and explore the new work that’s produced by the writers and inspired by their experiences.