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 nine individual writing groups across the two counties, two of which are exclusively for poetry writing.

Russel Jones

Russell Jones is an Edinburgh-based writer and editor. He has published 5 collections of poetry, edited 2 successful writing anthologies and is the deputy editor of Scotland’s only sci-fi magazine: Shoreline of Infinity. Russell has written 4 novels and 1 novella, published numerous short stories and non-fiction articles. He has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh. He will start work with Tyne and Esk Writers on 12th October.










  • Previous Creative Writing Fellow - Catherine 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
  • Creative Writing Fellow – January to March 2018 - CREATIVE WRITING FELLOW,  Jan-Mar 2018   Spreading an appointment half-time over six months, the second 3 months will be as follows – it includes a bias for political/financial reasons towards Haddington, Musselburgh, and North Berwick without short-changing other groups. JANUARY Haddington Poets            Jan  9th    2pm North Berwick Writers    Jan 16th  2pm Musselburgh Writers       Jan 23rd  7pm Haddington Writers         Jan 30th  7pm FEBRUARY Dalkeith Writers               Feb  7th    7pm Musselburgh Poets     Feb  8th    7pm Musselburgh Writers       Feb 20th  7pm Port Seton Writers     Feb 21st   7pm Dunbar Writers           Feb 22nd 7.30pm MARCH Penicuik Writers       Mar 1st   7pm North Berwick Writers     Mar
  • Creative Writing Fellow – 2017-18 - CREATIVE WRITING FELLOW, Autumn 2017 ‘Half-Time’ Appointment Spreading an appointment half-time over six months, the first 3 months will be as follows – it includes a bias for political/financial reasons towards Haddington and Musselburgh, without short-changing other groups. OCTOBER Haddington Poets Oct 3 2pm Haddington Writers Oct 10 7pm Dunbar Writers Oct 19 7.30pm Musselburgh Writers Oct 24 7pm NOVEMBER Haddington Poets Nov 7 2pm Dalkeith Writers Nov 8 7pm North Berwick Writers Nov 21 7pm Musselburgh Writers Nov 21 7pm DECEMBER Penicuik Writers Dec 7 7pm Port Seton Writers Dec 13 7pm Musselburgh Poets ? Dec 14 7pm Haddington
  • Our Previous Creative Writing Fellow - Our 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.