|November 12, 2011|
A full day programme of workshops and discussions will held on Saturday 12th November 2011. The programme and booking form can be downloaded as a pdf here.
TYNE & ESK WRITERS CREATIVE WRITING DAY
SATURDAY, 12TH NOVEMBER 2011, TOWN HOUSE HADDINGTON.
This day is all about exploring the exciting possibilities of creative writing in a variety of forms. Whether that means participating formally in the various workshops, or chatting informally over a cup of coffee. It is also an opportunity to try an area of writing which you might not normally write in. For instance if you are a poet why not also take a leap into the novel writing workshop, or vice versa. I believe that different forms of writing feed into each other so even if you have no wish to write a novel just trying something different could spark ideas to be developed in another form. Or you might discover the novelist or poet within. As well as the workshops there will be discussions on Tyne & Esk, and publishing, as well as an evening social to include readings of poetry and prose.
To run the workshops Tyne & Esk has brought together some of the most talented writers working today. See below for further information about the individual writers.
I’ll be doing a workshop on Playwriting.
If you can’t make the workshops during the day please come along in the evening for the social event. I hope to see you there.
Tyne and Esk acknowledge the support of East Lothian Libraries and Midlothian Libraries. Also the Scottish Book Trust and Creative Scotland.
Creative Writing Fellow, Tyne&Esk Writers.
ZOË STRACHAN– NOVELS.
Zoë is the author of three novels: Ever Fallen in Love, Spin Cycle and Negative Space. The latter won a Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the Saltire First Book of the Year Award. Her short stories and essays have been included in numerous journals and anthologies, she contributes journalism to various newspapers and magazines and her work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and Radio 3. She has received various residencies and fellowships including a Hawthornden Fellowship, UNESCO City of Literature residency at the National Museum of Scotland, a Hermann Kesten Stipendium (Germany), and a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship (France). She has taught on the Creative Writing Programme at Glasgow University since 2003.
GERRY CAMBRIDGE– POETRY
Gerry is a poet, essayist and editor of Dark Horse magazine. His work includes The Shell House; Madame FI FI’s Farewell and other poems and Aves. He was Brownsbank Fellow based at Hugh MacDiarmid’s cottage, 1997-1999. He won the Calum Macdonald Memorial Award 2004, administered by the National Library of Scotland, for Blue Sky, Green Grass. He was Royal Literary Fund Writer in Residence at Edinburgh University, working part-time in the Schools of Biological Sciences and of Physics, 2006-2008.
CATHERINE MACPHAIL– WRITING FOR CHILDREN
Catherine’s work includes Run Zan Run won the Kathleen Fidler Award in 1994, and the Vergheretto Award in 1997 Fighting Back won the Arts Council Childrens Book Award in 1999 Missing won the South Lanarkshire Book Award in 2000 Dark Waters won the Stockport Book Award in 2003 Tribes won the Sheffield Book Award in 2002 Underworld won the Calderdale Book Award in 2005 Catch Us If You Can won the Calderdale Book Award in 2005 Roxy’s Baby won the Royal Mail Award for Scottish Children’s Books in 2006, The North East Book Award 2006 and The Grampian Book Award in 2007
MATTHEW FITT—SCOTS POETRY AND PROSE.
Matthew likes to write about a wide range of subjects and to switch between poetry and prose He is the co-founder of Itchy Coo books and the Outreach Officer for this award-winning Scots Language project, run in partnership with B&W Publishing with SAC funding. His work includes Eejits; Kidnappit (Translated) Tam O Shanter’s Big Night Oot. He was the recipient of the McCash, Sloane and Lewis Edwards poetry prizes and was writer-in-residence at Brounsbank Cottage in Clydesdale and Greater Pollock in Glasgow.