Unfortunately, since our last episode the CCA is still closed following the devastating fire at Glasgow School of Art, and last week’s event was cancelled.

Please bear with us as we attempt to find a new home for our upcoming events! If you have any suggestions for venues please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@scottishwriterscentre.co.uk.

In the meantime, your old friend the Scottish Writers’ Centre Podcast is still here for you! This episode features a particularly moving speakeasy which focused on medical experiences of all kinds. We invited patients, practitioners, carers, and family members to read their work, with heartfelt results!

Performers include:
Derek Parkes
Tony Beekman
Edward Rogers
LA Traynor
Ann MacKinnon
Archie Life
George Gibson
Francesca & Steven
John Bullivant
Sally Gates
Pauline Cannon
Gail Winters
Lindsey Stuart
Jen Grey
Mary Irvine
Giovanna MacKenna
Dee
Neil Gallacher

If we’ve misspelled your name, please let us know!

 

If you especially enjoyed this medical theme, Rachel Walker has compiled a list of brilliant literary works with illness and medicine at their core.

Thank you to the team at the SWC for their contribution and help with coordinating this podcast series.

This podcast was recorded and produced by Wheezy Whispers.

If you have any questions about future episodes or want to provide some feedback please email info@wheezywhispers.co.uk

The views expressed in this episode do not necessarily represent those of the Scottish Writers’ Centre.

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Posted by: scottishwriters | July 9, 2018

SWC Recommends… Three Brilliant Scots Novels

Continuing our series on Scots novels that we have loved, here are three novels written by highly successful Scottish authors who are, of course, masters of the Scots tongue. Let us know in the comments if you have any other recommendations – we’d love to hear them!

How Late It Was, How Late by James Kelman

Whenever anyone questions what success you can possibly hope to have if you write in Scots, it’s worth citing James Kelman in your defence. How Late It Was, How Late, which is written entirely in Glaswegian dialect, won the 1994 Booker Prize- one of the few working class novels ever to do so- and despite its brilliance, in my opinion, it’s not even his best book! Kelman’s writing embodies and elucidates the souls of ordinary Glasgow people and if you haven’t read any of his novels, I recommend that you start now.

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Posted by: scottishwriters | July 2, 2018

Interview with Laura Fyfe: Wellspring Writing

A couple of weeks ago, we were very sad to cancel Laura Fyfe’s event on Wellspring writing – the event has now been rescheduled to 28th of August but, in the meantime, we have an interview with Laura to enjoy! SWC’s Literary Editor Rachel Walker talked to Laura about Wellspring writing and how it has influenced her own writing. We hope it’ll whet your appetite for August!

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Posted by: scottishwriters | June 29, 2018

Interview: Elizabeth Rimmer

As you’ll know if you’ve been attending our events for a while, Scottish Writers’ Centre has a very fruitful partnership with the brilliant Red Squirrel Press – their book launches are always some of our favourite events, and we’re looking forward to working with them on our upcoming anthology! Elizabeth Rimmer is one of their very talented editors, and Claire Kennedy spoke to her about her editing process, the joys of working for Red Squirrel Press, and how editing has influenced her own poetry. We hope you enjoy this fascinating insight into editorial work!

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You may have already seen our posts on social media, but the Scottish Writers’ Centre is working on a project this summer and we need your help!

What’s your favourite book set in Glasgow? Are there any identifiable places within it? From the Necropolis in Lanark to the City Chambers in No Dominion, let us know by tweeting us @scottishwriters!

For this episode, we have a recording of playwright, performer, and producer Andi Denny, who joined the Scottish Writers’ Centre to give his take on Scottish theatre and on embracing realistic dialogue in contemporary script writing. He also gives us some insight and reflection about that much-maligned word: “amateur.” Enjoy!

 

For more on this event, why not head over to Saskia McCracken’s interview with Andi, or her blog post about the event?

Andi is currently, working with a team of other theatremakers on a new, broader project in Glasgow that will launch at the end of the year. To stay in the know with this exciting venture, follow Andi on Twitter via @DarkFlameboy!

The views expressed in this episode do not necessarily represent those of the Scottish Writers’ Centre.

This podcast was recorded and produced by Wheezy Whispers.

If you have any questions about future episodes or want to provide some feedback please email info@wheezywhispers.co.uk.

Come one, come all! For this episode, we bring another event featuring our anthology partners Red Squirrel Press. It’s a short story extravaganza with new story collections from Stephen Barnaby and Colin Will, plus we get to hear each writer being introduced by podcast favourite Sheila Wakefield!

At this event, Diana Hendry also read from her new collection ‘My Father is an Ant’ and Rachel Walker produced a brilliant piece on this and the event as a whole on the SWC Blog.

Enjoy the show!

 

For further updates from Red Squirrel Press, their Twitter handle is @RedSquirrelPres, or you can visit their website here.

Thank you to the team at the SWC for their contribution and help with coordinating this podcast series.

This podcast was recorded and produced by Wheezy Whispers.

If you have any questions about future episodes or want to provide some feedback please email info@wheezywhispers.co.uk

The views expressed in this episode do not necessarily represent those of the Scottish Writers’ Centre.

Welcome to the first in an occasional series of writing tips, advice, and musings from a wonderful bunch of writers! As has been shown by the success in our events and blogs related to the writing process – everything from last year’s event ‘How to Get Published’ in association with Red Squirrel Press to blogs on the writer’s life – it is clear that the members, followers and readers of Scottish Writers’ Centre love reading about the act of putting words down on a page. 

In this first post, Anne M Scriven writes – in beautiful prose – about her own process of life-writing. Back in February, I loved her event on ten women who have inspired and influenced her writing – you can check out the interview and blog post here – and when thinking of writers who could render the complexities and joys of writing, I immediately thought of Anne. I hope you enjoy her insightful and thoroughly enjoyable piece, and all the writing tips and essays we have to come! – Rachel

For the past fifteen minutes I have sat at my desk, fingers poised over keyboard, framing a first sentence. I decided on the one I have just written, and you have just read, because I think I should explain the question in my mind. I’m wondering, you see, if writing can actually be taught — yes, I know it’s a prevalent query and one that surely figures in every creative writing class — but I’ve never written out any of my thoughts on it, so I need to give attention to this question if I am in hope of moving on with this piece. Should we take cognisance, for example, of the wee Kirkcudbright centipede — the brilliant creation of singer-songwriter Matt McGinn — who learned that it was tricky, if not downright dangerous, to attempt an explanation of what she did most naturally? Should we be wary of a pedantic Jenny Longlegs, with pencil and pad, taking careful note of how we dance our best words?

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Posted by: scottishwriters | June 7, 2018

Red Squirrel Press: New Poetry

Those who attended the SWC event on May 8th were in for a treat, as four vibrant poets read from their new collections all published by Red Squirrel Press. There was an eclectic mix of poetry on offer with something to suit everyone in the enthusiastic and receptive audience.

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Posted by: scottishwriters | June 4, 2018

Interview with Hugh McMillan: Poetry, Galloway and Loss

Ahead of tomorrow’s event with Galloway-based poet Hugh McMillan, SWC’s Literary Editor Rachel Walker chatted to Hugh about his favourite poets, and the influence of Galloway upon his writing. Come along to the CCA Club Room tomorrow at 7pm to find out more about the poetry of Hugh and his fellow Galloway writers!
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On Thursday 7th June 2018 the SWC will host a special event at Waterstones Sauchiehall Street for the publication of a new collection, “Growing and Dying”, edited by Linda Jaxson, who has brought together poems, essays and biographical writing to celebrate the work of Janet Paisley. The evening will include readings from Tom Leonard, Anne Donovan, the students from the Creative Writing Course at the University of Strathclyde, and more! Plus there will be music by Linda Jaxson and Ronnie Garrity too!

So, for this episode, we’re bringing to you Janet’s ‘In Process Masterclass’ from December 2016! Janet is a multi-award-winning poet, playwright, fiction, non-fiction, radio, television and screenwriter who also writes for children, earning herself a well-deserved place as one of Scotland’s most popular writers. She provided valuable tips and inspiring stories for all in attendance.

Crank up the volume and bring Janet’s wisdom directly to your ears!

 

For more information on Janet Paisley and her work, including this new collection, why not visit her website?

If you’d like to read Katherine Warren’s blog post for this event, you can find it here.

And don’t forget to join Linda Jackson and the Scottish Writers’ Centre at Waterstones Sauchiehall Street to celebrate Janet Paisley, and the new anthology “Janet Paisley: Growing and Dying” on 7th June! The event is free, but you must book a seat! To book, call: 0141 332 9105.

Thank you to the team at the SWC for their contribution and help with coordinating this podcast series.

This podcast was recorded and produced by Wheezy Whispers.

If you have any questions about future episodes or want to provide some feedback please email info@wheezywhispers.co.uk

The views expressed in this episode do not necessarily represent those of the Scottish Writers’ Centre.

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