Creative Writing Fellow

This part-time post aims to develop participation in creative writing, in all its forms, and complements other work carried out by Tyne and Esk Writers. Tyne and Esk Writers comprises eight individual writing groups across the two counties, one of which is exclusively for poetry writing.


catherine simpsonCatherine Simpson is a novelist, journalist and short story writer. Her debut novel, Truestory, was published by Sandstone Press in 2015 and the opening chapters won her a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award.


Catherine was Tyne & Esk Writer of the Year in 2013 and is the current Coastword Festival Writer in Residence. Her work has been published in New Writing Scotland, Gutter, The Scotsman, New Writing Dundee and many anthologies. She has performed her work at The Edinburgh International Book Festival, Dundee Literary Festival, Aye Write and Portobello Book Festival. Her work has been shortlisted in the Mslexia Novel Writing Competition, The Bloody Scotland Short Story Competition and the Asham Award. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Edinburgh Napier University and has mentored in creative writing for Scottish Book Trust. Catherine was recently awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship.



Our Previous Creative Writing Fellow

Claire-AskewOur previous Creative Writing Fellow, Claire Askew, brought critical encouragement to aspiring writers, liaised with existing writers’ groups and developed new writing projects. She edited From The Lighthouse, a compilation of the best poetry and prose composed by Tyne and Esk writers.