Creative writing group inverness
My role as Chair in HighlandLIT is very important to me; I enjoy that vital sense of a committed literary community in Inverness and the Highlands and am keen to perform an active role in promoting, supporting and creating opportunities for my fellow writers.
I currently work as Lecturer in English and Drama at Inverness College UHI. I also tutor in Creative Writing with High Life Highland (Adult Literacies) and run the Glints of Gold Writing Group in Inverness. Recently, I have been involved with a local theatre group (Bats In Action) as performer, occasional writer and (definitely amateur!) musician.
In 2017, I was very much involved as facilitator with HUG (Action for Mental Health) and helped produce the Reclaim anthology (in association with the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival). That year also saw the first anthology of works from the Glints of Gold group, entitled A Feast for All. The last of these was funded by the Scottish Book Trust and contains illustrations by Drew Hiller (our current Programme Co-ordinator).
My background is primarily in teaching and research and for a fair few years I was connected with the School of Language and Literature at Aberdeen University and the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies (also based at Aberdeen). I specialised in twentieth-century Irish and Scottish literature and was involved in the diaspora project at RIISS – a broad inter-disciplinary undertaking which sought to document and understand the impact of Irish and Scottish migration via historical, geographic and literary research.
After leaving Aberdeen University, I became involved within a rather different field of work with Turning Point Scotland (Aberdeen Social Enterprise) where I was responsible for helping people with a background of mental health problems and/or addiction gain work experience as a means of building up the confidence to return to employment. Both the academic experience and the work I did with Turning Point proved invaluable when I came to facilitate writing groups in Aberdeen and the Highlands.
I write poetry, fiction and drama. Some of my poems have been published in Causeway/Cabhsair and The Interpreter’s House .
Here’s a list of some of the most useful organisations for writers in the Highlands and further afield.
Have we missed something? Let us know.
Follow these links for more information:
Research, Libraries & Archives
Highland Archive Centre
Writers Groups in the Highlands
Moniack Mhor writing group.
WORDS – Writing Cafe and Workshop
Black Isle Writers
The Reading Room (Seòmar Leughaidh)
Bookshops & cosy places to write around the Highlands
Leakey’s Bookshop, Inverness
Scotland’s largest secondhand bookshop. Complete with open log fire and just about any book you could think of. Church St, Inverness IV1 1EY, UK
Waterstones Inverness is the biggest bookshop in the Highlands. As well as a wide range of books, maps and games, the bookshop often runs book launches and signings. 69, Eastgate Shopping Centre, Inverness IV2 3PR
Picaresque Books, Dingwall
Picaresque Books & Galerie Fantoosh is a wonderful little shop on the High Street in Dingwall, full of an eclectic selection of books and artworks. They run events and support a writing community. 55 High Street, Dingwall, IV15 9HL
The Nairn Bookshop
The Nairn Bookshop is located on Nairn High St (at the top of The Brae). The selection includes fiction, non fiction and children’s books, and reading and events are frequent. 94 High St, Nairn IV12 4DE
The Highland Bookshop, Fort William
The Highland Bookshop has an extensive stock across all subject areas, including fiction, outdoors, Scottish and children’s, serving the local community and visitors.
The Ceilidh Place, Ullapool
Someone once said… “I always stay at the Ceilidh Place because it’s the only bookshop I know that has rooms [and a bar!]”. 12-14 W Argyle St, Ullapool IV26 2TY
The Mountain Coffee Company & Hillbillies Bookstore, Gairloch
The Mountain Coffee Company offers a wide range of specialist coffees and delicious baking for visitors and locals alike – attached to the coffee shop is Hillbillies Bookstore, with the widest range of books available for sale in the area. Strath Square, Gairloch, Wester Ross , IV21 2BX
Stromness Books and Prints, Stromness, Orkney
A small shop packed with an eclectic and considered collection of books. Fiction, children’s books, and an excellent range of titles about Orkney and the North. 3 Graham Pl, Stromness KW16 3BY, UK