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Ruby 3Ruby McCann, Chair, is a writer and educator.  She has managed writing projects in the United States and Scotland.  In theatre, she has taken plays, ‘from the page to the stage’ teaching playwriting and drama for Washington, DC area theatres, Arena Stage, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, and Young Playwright’s Theater.  In 2003, Ruby was recognized for Educational Excellence by the Senate Education Committee and the SNAP Foundation (Seeing Necessary Alternatives through Photography).  She is a 2004 recipient of the Mary Boyle McCrory Award for creative writing. As a Literature Consultant for the Cultural Alliance of Northern Virginia, she developed, administered, and judged Arlington County’s Moving Word and Pick-a-Poet Series.  After returning to Scotland, Ruby was the Scottish Book Trust’s first Writer-in-Residence at HMP Glenochil (2006) and Reader-in-Residence at A.K. Bell Library (2008).  Currently, she works as a literary consultant.

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Andrew1Andrew Smith, Director, is from Glasgow, by way of Cumbernauld, and has just graduated with an MA Scottish Language and Literature from the University of Glasgow. His main interest is in Scottish comic book writers, and how Scotland is represented in the medium of comics (ask him about what happened when the X-Men went to Stornoway) but he also has an interest in how historical Scottish figures are remembered in the present day, and how we came to remember them that way.

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social-media-imageCarolyn McGill, Director, moved to Glasgow in 2007 after a number of years travelling and has a passion for the written word, Fair Isle knitting, Scottish islands and all things Iberian. A great believer in the cultural, social and economic value of creativity,  Carolyn currently provides development support to micro businesses and organisations in the creative and tourism sector.  In 2010, Carolyn founded and directed the Clackmannanshire Storytelling Festival, an autumnal arts event that included poetry, books, the visual arts and film.

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derek-at-project-1-bwDerek Parkes, Director, moved to Glasgow from London in 2003. Previously a writer of short stories (largely unpublished), Derek joined Donny O’Rourke’s creative writing class in 2010 and discovered a previously unknown penchant for poetry. He has since been ‘highly recommended’ in the Stirling off the Stanza poetry competition (2011), published in various anthologies and online, and is hoping to find wider publication soon. A regular reader at poetry events around Glasgow, Derek is one of the organisers of Poetry at the Ivory on the south side of the city.

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