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Writer of the Year 2021

2nd January 2022

Writer of the Year Competition: WOTY 2021 Winners

After another great field of entries we are delighted to announce the winners of WOTY 2021. Many thanks to our judge Russell Jones who has provided brief notes on each winning entry.
You can see the list of winners on the Writer of the Year Page.

Prose

1st: (And overall winner): The Maiden and the Hare, Margaret Evans
This was a compact, visceral story full of evocative details which felt real whilst also captivating with dark fairytale-like elements. The story gripped me from start to finish, combining the sensual with the sinister, the extraordinary with the everyday, hope with darkness. It does so much in a small space.


2nd: A Dream About a Snake, Yvonne Dalziel
This story was a masterclass in how to utilize evocative turns of phrase, consistently surprising the reader with remarkable details and characters, and a great sense of humour.


3rd: A Holiday Dip, Graham Leake
A structurally experimental story which forces the reader to consider their own bias, and the bias of perspective in storytelling, making it unique and memorable.

Poetry

1st: Mind Maps, Jock Stein 
A poem with an abundance of evocative language and imagery, this piece built to a meditation on the values of learning and nescience which invites the reader to reread and re-explore.


2nd Recognition, Mike Davenport 
This emotional piece surprised with its ability to maintain intensity and control, deftly combining personal experience with a philosophic tilt (on the nature of chaos and control) in the face of adversity.


 




Scrivens Winter 2021

2nd January 2022

New Scrivens Winter 2021 edition out now!




Scrivens Summer 2021

23rd July 2021

New Scrivens Summer 2021 edition out now!




Are We In A Book? Anthology by Tyne & Esk members and former Creative Writing Fellows

24th January 2021

Are We In A Book?

 

In 2019 an Anthology was published by Black Agnes Press, including work from Tyne & Esk members LesleyMay Miller, Tammy Swift-Adams, Cynthia Stephens, Elspeth Brown, Frances Rollinson, Ruth Gilchrist and former Creative Writing Fellows Russell Jones and Catherine Simpson.

 

The publishers worked with the children of Dunbar Primary School to produce tales from their hearts about how it feels to be ten years old and trying not to cry when they fail to score at football.

 

Inside the cheery red covers, you’ll meet Fatso the Skeleton, the Cat who ate balloons and the Girl who can talk to birds. In addition, there are magic spaces where children can write their very own story or poem.

 

£5 will get you a collection of funny, exciting and touching writing; a great big £3 of that will go to Barnardo’s Scotland, who protect, support and nurture Scotland’s most vulnerable children.

 

https://blackagnespress.co.uk/publications

 




The Missing by Neil McGowan

24th January 2021

The Missing

 

In May 2020, Neil McGowan from our Port Seton group, held a zoom launch of his book The Missing. You can buy it from Amazon The Missing eBook: McGowan, Neil: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store – and remember if you sign up to Amazon’s Smile account you can opt for a small amount to be donated to Tyne and Esk funds.

 




The Castilians by Victoria Masters

24th January 2021

The Castilians by Victoria Masters

 

On 30th November (St Andrew’s Day), Victoria Masters from the Penicuik group had a facebook book launch for ‘The Castilians’, historical fiction based on the siege of St Andrews Castle. The event was hosted by Margaret Skea and included Dr Bess Rhodes from St Andrews University.

 




Her Holiness the Pope – and other stories by George Campbell Cunningham

24th January 2021

Her Holiness the Pope – and other stories by George Campbell Cunningham

 

George Campbell Cunningham’s 17 short stories are an eclectic mix. They aim to amuse, provoke thought, and sometimes be controversial.  From seeing great events through the eyes of those who were there to antics in a Government press office that brings central London grinding to a halt.  And he asks the question, is a flat cap a bunnet or a hat?

 

£5 + £1.50 p&p: To order your signed copy send your details to stillwritingnow@gmail.com

 

George is a member of the Musselburgh Writing Group.

 




2021 – Keeping our fingers crossed for improvement

24th January 2021

2021 – Keeping our fingers crossed for improvement

Despite the ongoing restrictions, across Midlothian and East Lothian, writers continue to put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard, and our members are as creative as ever. The continued high level of Coronavirus infections means we are still unable to meet in our usual locations, and our alternative arrangements remain in place with a variety of ways in which people share their enthusiasm and their work.

 

Please get in touch with your local rep to find out what’s going on in your area, and bear in mind that virtual meetings offer some additional flexibility so you can join in with any group if their meeting dates, times and methods suit you – you no longer have to travel to get there!

 

We will resume with our usual groups whenever we can, but in the meantime why not have a look at our most recent edition of Scrivens which showcases the winning entries from our 2020 Writer of the Year Competition.

 




Scrivens Winter 2020-2021

24th January 2021

New Scrivens Winter 2021 edition out now!




Writer of the Year 2020

16th November 2020

We had another great response to our annual Writer of the Year Competition. 53 pieces were entered this year: 29 of fiction, and 24 of poetry. The competition was judged by Claire Askew and we thank her for all her hard work in this task. Calre said: “Judging the contest was a difficult – though deeply enjoyable – task. The overall standard of entries was very high, and I was reminded of the wealth of talent that Tyne & Esk Writers has always fostered.”

You can see the list of winners on the Writer of the Year Page.

 

Writer of the Year Competition: WOTY 2020 Winners…

 

Read all the winning entries in our special edition of Scrivens.

 

Prose

1st – Lorna Dixon “On the Beach”

2nd – George Cunningham “The Battle O’ the Bunnet”

3rd – Billy Graham “Grains of Truth”

Highly Commended – Julia Graves “A Difficult Daughter”

Highly Commended – Moira Cormack “Leaving”

 

Poetry

1st – Stella Hervey Birrell “I am Radical Self Care”

2nd – Mary Johnston “Tulip”

3rd – MIke Davenport “Japanese Garden”

Highly Commended – Jock Stein “Listen to the Wind”

Highly Commended – Jeff Kemp “Time-Space Continuum”