Posted by: scottishwriters | March 28, 2017

Bookmarked: Andi Denny’s Take on Scottish Theatre

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Ahead of today’s event with theatre-maker Andi Denny, SWC’s Literary Editor Rachel Walker spoke to him about his theatre company The Other Guys, his advice for budding professionals, and the importance of realism in contemporary theatre. 

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Posted by: scottishwriters | March 23, 2017

Transatlantic Creative Writing Showcase


Ahead of our New Voices in Literature evening, we’re looking back at last week’s event, where we celebrated the work of emerging – and some very established – writers. Last Tuesday we welcomed the Transatlantic Literary Women Series to the Scottish Writers’ Centre for an evening of poetry and prose that engaged with the transatlantic theme.

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Posted by: scottishwriters | March 20, 2017

Bookmarked: Top 5 Independent Publishers

Here at the Scottish Writers’ Centre we’re always excited by new literary talent. Poetry or prose, zines or blogs – we love it all! But one of the most exciting recent developments in Scotland – at least in the world of literature – is the undeniable growth of the independent publishing world. So, in the spirit of celebrating all of Scotland’s literary achievements, we have (with difficulty) created a list showcasing five of our favourite independent publishers. Read on for lots of reading inspiration!

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Posted by: scottishwriters | March 16, 2017

SWC Speakeasy: What’s Love Got to Do With It?

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On the 14th February, the Club Room of the CCA was filled with many talented writers performing their work on all things related to love. Whether in the form of a poem or a short story; whether centred on the joys of love or the heartbreak that surrounds it, our Valentine’s Day Speakeasy was undoubtedly  a successful night. A huge thank you to all of our performers and, of course, our audience for such a great event!

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Posted by: scottishwriters | March 9, 2017

Catherine Hokin: Historical Fiction Masterclass

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Back in January, the SWC was lucky enough to welcome along writer Catherine Hokin for a masterclass in writing historical fiction. Catherine’s first novel, Blood and Roses – which focuses on the life of medieval queen Margaret of Anjou – was published in 2016 and in addition to being a novelist, Catherine is also a member of author collective The History Girls and a book reviewer and contributor to the Historical Writers’ Association. We can’t think of anyone better placed to guide us through the joys and difficulties of penning historical fiction!

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Posted by: scottishwriters | March 6, 2017

Bookmarked: SWC’s Top Picks of Aye Write! Festival


In case you haven’t heard, the Scottish Writers’ Centre is hosting a speakeasy at the Mitchell Library on the 9th March in conjunction with the wonderful Aye Write! We’re very excited about the upcoming event, and as Aye Write! is definitely a festival to which the SWC are proud to lend their support, we thought we’d dedicate this blog post to the wonders of Glasgow’s favourite literary festival.

The festival takes place every March, primarily in the Mitchell Library. If you haven’t been before, then the SWC highly recommends that you make this year your first – there’s absolutely something for everyone! This year it’s celebrating its twelfth anniversary, and the festival has undoubtedly gone from strength to strength in the past few years. Below we’ve selected a few of the events that we think our SWC members will love. We hope that you have a brilliant Aye Write! and please let us know about the events you enjoyed the most!

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Posted by: scottishwriters | March 2, 2017

SWC’s Autumn Speakeasy


Ahead of next week’s Speakeasy at the Mitchell Library in collaboration with the wonderful Aye Write! festival, we thought we’d share memories from one of our last speakeasies, back in November. It was a fantastic night, and you can find details about our next speakeasy here. We’d love to see you there!

The CCA Clubroom was at full capacity for a night of poetry, prose and performance led by the effervescent Linda Jackson and her band. Music was the motif for our speakeasy contributors and so it was only fitting that Jackson and co. played us in with an ode to the rivers, the trees, and the cool breeze that make Scotland in autumn such a bonny place to be!

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Posted by: scottishwriters | February 27, 2017

Transatlantic Literary Women at the Scottish Writers’ Centre

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The Scottish Writers’ Centre is delighted to be collaborating with the Transatlantic Literary Women Series to bring you an evening of creative writing this Tuesday, hosted by poet and author Carolyn Jess-Cooke. We’ll be celebrating the work of contemporary writers in Scotland, showcasing their responses to the theme Transatlantic Literary Women. We have a selection of poets and prose writers, who each engage with transatlanticism in unique and fascinating ways. Whether you’re a writer yourself or just want to enjoy an evening of readings by talented locals, our speakers will give you a flavour of some of the exciting work that women writers are currently creating!

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Posted by: scottishwriters | February 23, 2017

Galloway Comes to Glasgow

pairOur first event of 2017 saw Galloway come to Glasgow. After a few weeks of festive frivolities, our members, interns and writers peeled themselves off their sofas, lifted themselves out of the food induced stupor and made their way to the CCA Clubroom to bring in 2017 with the SWC. In true January sales style, we were treated to a BOGOF deal as two Galloway-based poets, Hugh McMillan and Stuart A. Paterson, shared their poetry, cheerful anecdotes and fascinating facts about their home.The night shaped up to be a mash up of literature, history and geography delivered to the eager audience with plenty of passion and many a laugh.

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Posted by: scottishwriters | February 16, 2017

Louise Welsh: In Process Masterclass

louise-welsh1In October, the Scottish Writers’ Centre brought writer Louise Welsh to run an event as part of our series, “In Process Masterclass”. The discussion of her published novels explored not only her writing, but also her process and the inspirations behind the trilogy she is currently working on. Welsh has been working on the trilogy, entitled Plague Times, for the last three or four years, and the first two parts, A Lovely Way to Burn and Death is a Welcome Guest, are already available for purchase.

Plague Times looks at a modern day United Kingdom as it is stroke by a plague, decimating a large percentage of the population. Welsh found inspiration in many places, from the 1984 BBC drama Threads by Barry Hines, to the Glasgow slave trade of the 18th century. However, one of her biggest inspirations stuck with me while she was talking, a quote from Aristotle.

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