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From The Lighthouse

31st August 2016

lighthouseFROM THE LIGHTHOUSE  edited by Claire Askew


160 pages, A5 limp, price £6, ISBN 978-1-871828-90-0, Published in June 2016


For the first time in many years, work by members of Tyne & Esk’s eight writing groups has been brought together in this anthology, edited by poet and writer Claire Askew. Within these pages you will find stories of defeat and triumph, mystery and revelation; and poems in a variety of forms, both lyrical and narrative.


“I am deeply impressed by the work of the Tyne & Esk Writers. They produce poems and stories that are honest, thought-provoking and always entertaining. There is rich talent here, and this is an anthology to be savoured.”


Catherine Simpson, author of Truestory, and Tyne & Esk Writer of the Year 2013


Further info. from:

Jock Stein or George Cunningham

Country Writers Anthology

6th August 2016

press-releaseCountry writers produce an Anthology of their own work.

A group of part-time writers from East and Midlothian – the youngest is just 16 – have had their work published in a new anthology. All are members of Tyne and Esk Writers which has eight groups across the two counties.  Teenager Luke Townsley, whose boyhood-based story is included in the 159-page anthology, is already delighting his colleagues in the Haddington group with extracts from a gritty urban graphic novel he is writing.


Sheila Thacker who leads the Penicuik group has contributed a hilarious tale concerning the death of the story narrator’s sister in Greece, her burial and exhumation for a second burial and the farcical events which took place between the two.


Stella Hervey Birrell, a Dalkeith group member, wrote one of several poems in the anthology and has recently published her debut novel, while Keith Saunders from the Dunbar group provided a fascinating tale based on a north Wales grandfather and his secret activities in the old wash- house.


The anthology was edited by poet and writer Claire Askew who has just completed her year-long contract as Tyne and Esk Creative Writing Fellow and 58 members had their work included.


Said Claire: “The vast majority of the writers here have already presented their work to their writing group peers, and have had the opportunity to rework and polish that piece for inclusion in the anthology,”


She added:  “This book showcases some of the very best poetry and fiction from all of the eight Tyne and Esk groups and illustrates the rich variety of voices working within our organisation.”


The Tyne and Esk Writing organisation welcomes anyone over 16 who is interested in working with words.  They usually meet every two weeks and the main objective is review each other’s work and to stimulate ideas and encourage new writers.  One group specialises in poetry.  No experience is required – just a love of words.


The anthology, priced £6 is available at Kesley’s bopokshop in Haddington of from Tyne and Esk members.


IN THE FRAME – Claire Askew with (left) Sheila Thacker (seated) and Stella Hervey Birrell.  Right Luke Townsley (seated) and Keith Saunders.

Further information from:
George Cunningham, T&E convener – tel: 0131 653 3190.

First Volume Produced

3rd August 2016

Claires-anthologyOur last CWF, Clair, publishes her first volume

We are very proud that our Last Creative Writing Fellow, Claire Askew has published a volume of poetry called This Changes Things.


Claire is delighted. She said, ‘Yes, after all these years, I finally published a book. This changes things has been in the works since 2008, when I started work on my MSc in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh.


‘The book contains a couple of poems from my pamphlet, The Mermaid and the Sailors, and a lot of the poems that went into the creative submission of my PhD (also in Creative Writing, also at the University of Edinburgh). It also contains a few new pieces, written with the help of funding from Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund.’


Congratulations to Claire for this acclaimed book, which contains a number of award-winning poems. Well done from Tyne and Esk Writers!


‘The unpublished MS of This changes things was shortlisted for the 2014 Edwin Morgan Poetry Award,’ says Claire, ‘and poems from it have won the International Salt Prize for Poetry (2012), the Virginia Warbey Poetry Prize (2010), and appeared in a variety of journals and magazines. Don’t worry — there are also some poems you won’t have seen before!’