This episode of the Scottish Writers’ Centre Podcast brings all the joy of last year’s nEW wRITINGS sHOWCASE, in partnership with Glasgow University, straight to your ears! A whole array of talented writers took to the podium for some of the best readings we’ve ever heard. Dealing with themes ranging from love and death to technocracy and the monotony of labour, these works show off some of the most exceptional writers you’ll ever hear. Listen on!

As a heads up, this episode does contain some strong language and reference to sexual violence.

Readers in order of appearance:
Derek Parkes, Ann MacKinnon, Phil Thomas, Mark Haw, Elaine Gallagher, Cailean McBride, Colette O’Connor, Jill Korn, Rachel Tennant, Elissa Soave, Sean Wai Keung, Gabe Cohen, Chris Powici, Mary Irvine, Laura Tansley, Maria Sledmere

 

 

You can keep up to date with all of the news from the Scottish Writers’ Centre via their website: https://scottishwriters.wordpress.com/

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 | March 15, 2018

Ten Sybils with Anne Scriven

On February 27th, we braved the snow to see Anne Scriven speak on the women who have inspired her. A narrative non-fiction writer, a poet, and a bookseller in a second-hand bookshop, Anne talked us through these ten ‘Sybils’ and their influence on her, interspersing her comments with extracts from her own work as a life writer.

Anne’s life writing, a mode of narrative non-fiction, is based on what she terms ‘the art of paying attention’; on applying a focused gaze to the details of life. She takes the term ‘Sybils’ from the ancient Greek and Roman prophetesses who spoke wisdom, a virtue Anne thinks we need today more than ever. Reading from her book Cadences: Notes from an Ordinary Life, Anne noted the importance of the everyday, viewing it as the fabric which shapes our lives and is capable of carrying the weight of wider political and social shifts.IMG_9233

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Posted by: scottishwriters | March 14, 2018

Preview: Aye Write!

It’s one of the best times of the year for Glasgow’s many bookworms: Aye Write! is back for a glorious, book-packed ten days and we hope you’re as excited as we are. Before the festival starts tomorrow, we thought we would share some of our top picks for the varied and inspiring ten days that lie ahead. But don’t forget to check out the packed catalogue for yourself: there are a myriad of events to cater for all sorts of literary tastes, from crime to fantasy, history to poetry. Get involved!

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Posted by: scottishwriters | March 13, 2018

Writers’ Reel Episode 5 – Andrew Smith

The fifth instalment of our Writers’ Reel series comes courtesy of our very own director, Andrew Smith. Asides from being the only interviewee who’s ever had the audacity to change a question to suit himself, Andrew has some fantastic insights into how he got started with the Scottish Writers’ Centre, and what he wants to see more of from the organisation. We also got to chat about comics, dream publications, and terrible, terrible forgeries. If you want a glimpse of the attitude it takes to hold the SWC together, look no further!

As always, your comments and suggestions are welcomed below.

Jess, Digital Media Officer

In preparation for our upcoming Aye Right! Festival Speakeasy, this week’s episode is brought to you from the same event recorded last year. Under the theme ‘Scotland’s History, Myths, and Legends’, various speakers took to the podium and read work ranging from the allegorical to the phantasmagorical. Listen on and enjoy this year’s festival!

Speakers: Derek Parkes, Max Scratchmann, Tony Beekman, Kyle McInnes, Kathleen Coyle, Lesley Traynor, Ingrid Leese, Caroline Rankin, Steven Sinclair, Harry McDonald, Muriel Baker

 

You can keep up to date with all of the news from the Scottish Writers’ Centre via their website: https://scottishwriters.wordpress.com/

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 Writer’s Centre.

Posted by: scottishwriters | February 27, 2018

Writers’ Reel Episode 4 – Liz Niven

The fourth episode of Writers’ Reel features esteemed writer and poet Liz Niven. When Liz hosted our “Dias de los Muertos” event in November last year (a partnership with Dovetales peace charity), the event focused on honoring those who have left us, specifically in times of war and conflict. Keeping this theme of loss and trauma in mind, Liz and I discussed the difficulties of writing very emotional and  personal material and sharing this with others through readings. We also discussed writers’ block and how to get back into a creative space when “the muse has left the room”. If you are keeping your best work locked up for fear that it is too personal, Liz might just have the encouragement you need to share!  

As always, I would be delighted to read your comments in the space below 

Jess Docherty, Digital Media Officer 

P.S Apologies for the background noise in this video, as you would expect Liz drew quite a crowd!

 

Posted by: scottishwriters | February 26, 2018

Ten Sybils: Interview with Anne Scriven

We are so excited to welcome Anne Scriven to the Scottish Writers’ Centre tomorrow, for what looks to be a fantastic event focusing on Anne’s process of writing narrative non-fiction and the inspiration that she owes to brilliant literary women. In the build-up to International Women’s Day, Anne’s event will be a wonderful celebration of women writers and we hope to see lots of you there!

Ahead of Anne’s event tomorrow, SWC Director Rachel Walker talks to Anne Scriven about her love of narrative non-fiction, writing tips for fledgling writers and some of her favourite Scottish writers. Read on to see her answers…

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Come one, come all! It’s Episode 3 of the SWC Podcast, featuring words from the wonderful Catherine Hokin, whose first novel, Blood and Roses, was published in 2016. Catherine talks us through the process of writing historical fiction, from falling in love with historical figures to constructing a credible portrait of these characters. She stresses the importance of research, drafting, and being consistent with your own language. Enjoy!

 

Speaker: Catherine Hokin

You can find Catherine’s official site here, or follow her on Twitter.

You can keep up to date with all of the news from the Scottish Writers’ Centre via their website: https://scottishwriters.wordpress.com/

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 Writer’s Centre.

Posted by: scottishwriters | February 19, 2018

Scottish Writers’ Centre Anthology: Call for Submissions

The Scottish Writers’ Centre are looking for submissions! We are very excited to reveal that, in partnership with Red Squirrel Press, we will be launching an anthology in 2018 to celebrate ten years of the Scottish Writers’ Centre. The Scottish Writers’ Centre is proud to commemorate ten years of supporting and championing Scottish literature and culture, and our anthology will reflect our commitment to Scottish writing and writers. We are looking for submissions of poetry, prose and creative non-fiction, written in any of the languages of Scotland. We want to showcase the best contemporary writers in Scotland, so show us what you’ve got!

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Deadline: Midnight, 30th April 2018

Eligibility: anyone living in Scotland. You can be professional, part-time or just starting your writing journey – we’d love to hear from you!

Maximum word count: 60 lines for poetry and 2000 words for prose

Please send all submissions to: submissions@scottishwriterscentre.co.uk

 

Submission guidelines

Everyone and anyone is welcome to submit their work. However, if you are a member of the Scottish Writers’ Centre, you have the opportunity to submit up to three pieces to be considered.

The copyright will remain with the writer, and we will only accept work that has not been previously published.

Entries should be submitted as a double-spaced Word document. Please include a title sheet with your name, word or line count, and a 100-word bio and your preferred contact details.

We regret that we currently cannot provide feedback for submissions.

Submissions should be titled ‘Poetry Submission’ + your full name, or ‘Prose Submission + your full name’.

Surprise! The Scottish Writer’s Centre Podcast returns early for a Valentine’s Day Special! This episode brings you last year’s excellent Valentine’s Day Speakeasy hosted by Jim Ferguson. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll want to tell that special someone you love them.

Performers include:
Ingrid Lees
Mike Gill
Shaunagh Jones
Rick Rennie
Tracy Patrick
Melanie Horne
Theresa Maitland
Kat Corbet
Bee Parkinson
Romy Beard
Frances Corr

Warning: this episode occasionally contains strong language and sexual references.

You can keep up to date with all of the news from the Scottish Writers’ Centre via their website: https://scottishwriters.wordpress.com/

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’s Centre.

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