Present: 21 members, Tom Murray (Writer of the Year judge) and Margaret Skea (Creative Writing Fellow)
Apologies: G. Leake, R. Davison, L. Dixon and H. Faoilean.
Welcome and appointment of Minute Secretary: (Brenda Thomson)
Previous Minutes: Taken as read.
Thanks to the generosity of a member who wishes to remain anonymous, Tyne and Esk Writers is in a position to continue with a Creative Writing Fellow. The monies to pay for this are being spread over a 2 year period, with a reduction in hours per week from 17 to 10. Margaret Skea, a well-published writer, started this month as the Creative Writing Fellow. Margaret was welcomed.
Three Winter Writers’ Workshops took place. Russell Jones served as our Creative Writing Fellow last year and he was thanked for his work with us.
A new Festival went into its second year at Newbattle Abbey. Tyne and Esk was represented by Rebecca McKinney, whom we thank for her work on this.
Emma Patmore took over from Tim Mackenzie as our webmaster. They were both thanked.
As Rod Kelly was unable to continue as treasurer, Roy Moller took over the post for a short time. As he is unable to continue as treasurer, Diana Stevens has taken on the role. (The accounts were available for inspection. They have already been approved by the Committee.)
A desk and PA system were made by Graeme Leake some time ago. The desk is currently in Graeme Leake’s home and the PA system is stored in Jock Stein’s garage.
David Purdie, a long-standing member of Tyne and Esk Writers, died recently.
Thanks were given to Hannah Faoilean, one of our members, and to Jackie Stevens at Library Services for their support in running the Writer of the Year competition.
After being the Convener for two years Jock Stein stood down from the post. He is to be succeeded by Jane Patmore. Jock was thanked for all of his work by Brenda Thomson and by Jane Patmore.
Vice Convener’s Report:
Two of the winter workshops were well attended. The third workshop, which had to be postponed earlier, was less well attended.
A bid is being made to the Scottish Book Trust this year.
Fundraising will continue.
£11 470 is the current balance in our account. There are 56 paid-up members.
Scriven’s Report: While blander in presentation, it is fit for purpose. George Cunningham will continue in post.
Appointment of Office-Bearers:
Convener – Jane Patmore (proposed by Jock Stein and seconded by Stella Birrell)
Vice Convener – Neil McGowan (proposed by Jock Stein and seconded by Julia Graves)
Treasurer – Diana Stevens (proposed by Jock Stein and seconded by Jane Patmore)
The meeting closed with an invitation for refreshments prior to the Writer of the Year competition’s awards ceremony.