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Tyne and Esk Writers announces the 2016 Writer of the Year Competition. Submissions are now open.

26 July is the deadline, so get your entries in now. Click on the link or the image to download your application form. Then submit your form to your local library in Midlothian or East Lothian – either by hand or by post.

We are delighted to announce that the WOTY judge this year is Janet Paisley. See below for more details about Janet.

ENTRY FORM Writer of the Year 2016

2016 snapshot Writer of the Year application form

2016 Judge of WOTY – Janet Paisley 

Janet Paisley (born 1948) is an award-winning writer, poet and playwright from Scotland writing in Scots and English. Her work has been translated into German, Russian, Lithuanian, Slovak, Spanish, Hungarian, Ukrainian and Italian.

Janet Paisley

She was a member of the Working Party for a Scottish National Theatre, the SAC Scots Language Synergy, and is on the Cross Party Parliamentary Group for the Scots Language. She has held three Creative Writing Fellowships, received two Scottish Arts Council Writer’s Bursaries and a Playwright’s Bursary, edited New Writing Scotland and co-ordinated the first Scottish PEN Women Writers Committee.

(with grateful thanks to Wikipedia)


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Tyne & Esk Writers is a registered Scottish Charity, no.SC044575.  It comprises eight writing groups, with around 100 members in total, in Midlothian and East Lothian.  These writing groups are nurtured and supported by the library services of the two counties. The Tyne & Esk Writers organisation is also generously supported by the library authorities of Midlothian and East Lothian.  We are also currently supported by a grant from Celebrate, which we are grateful for.


Our members are from all walks of life and have varied levels of skills and experience of writing, but we all share one thing – our enthusiasm for writing good prose and poetry. You are welcome to come along to one of our group meetings anytime.

Our name comes from the two rivers – the Tyne and the Esk – which flow through East Lothian and Midlothian respectively.

Members pay an annual subscription of £20 (£10 for a half year) with the year starting in April. All writers, at any level of experience and skill, are welcome to join us.

Your first two group meeting visits are free, and at the third meeting you will be expected to join and pay the subscription. See the Join Us page for details of the range of services and benefits that our members enjoy.

For more details phone
01620 820602 (East Lothian libraries)scrabble wordwriting
or 0131 271 3970 (Midlothian libraries)

There are seven local writing groups in Midlothian and East Lothian, and one group specifically focussing on poetry.

The groups are based in Dalkeith, Dunbar, Haddington, Musselburgh, North Berwick, Penicuik, and Port Seton. Click on the group name for more information. Most groups meet in their local library.

Click here for more information on the Poetry group.

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Tyne & Esk Writers is a registered Scottish Charity, no.SC044575.