Tale of a Dog That Wasn’t wins Andrew Writer of the Year Award

Andrew Broadfoot, WOTY 2016

 

Student Teacher Andrew Broadfoot (53) from Dunbar is the 2016 winner of the Tyne and Esk Writer of the Year Award for his crime story That Dog and Our Family. From a background in the voluntary sector Andrew is making a career change and is aiming for a post graduate diploma in education with a placement at Knox Academy, Haddington. Andrew, who has been writing for the last ten years and won a Neil Gunn award, already has an MA in creative writing from Napier University. “I have a lot to thank the Tyne and Esk Writers’ Group in Dunbar for,” said Andrew. “The members provide valuable feedback on each other’s work.”

 

 

The poetry prize went to former teacher Anne Shivas from North Berwick who began writing poetry seriously in her 30s. She is a member of the Tyne and Esk poetry group which meets in Haddington. Her first book of poetry will be published in 2017. Said Anne, a former PE teacher, now an Alexander Technique teacher, who also holds a Masters’ degree in poetry. “A writing group is the best way to quickly improve your writing and I love the fact Tyne and Esk is able to offer groups the support of a professional Creative Writing Fellow and occasional workshops.”

 

WOTY Winners 2016 with Judge

 

Winning a second place in the poetry category for his Swift Sonnet and a commended for On a Retreat at Beech Hill, was Jock Stein from Haddington – also a member of the poetry group. Fellow poet Michael Davenport from East Linton took third place while Mary Johnston from Bonnyrigg received a Highly Commended. Mary, who writes in the Doric, also picked up a commended award for her short story in the prose category.

 

Graeme MacPhee from the Dalkeith group won second place in the prose awards with third place going to Dianne Alexander from Rosewell, a member of the Penicuik group. And a highly commended in the prose category went to Julia Carman of Musselburgh.

 

The entries, of which there were 42 poetry and 36 prose, were judges by Janet Paisley the highly regarded writer, poet and playwright who writes in Scots and English and whose work has been translated into German, Russian, Lithuanian, Slovak, Spanish, Hungarian, Ukrainian and Italian.

 

Tyne and Esk Convener George Cunningham said, “Tyne and Esk comprises eight writing groups across East and Midlothian and these awards are the highlight of our year. We welcome writers at all stages of their development – the only criteria is a love of working with words. The Writer of the Year ceremony reminded me yet again of the enormous wealth of talent we have in Tyne and Esk and how we all help each to the develop our skills.”

 

Read the winning pieces here.