Creative writing workshop in Stonehaven

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Stonehaven Community Learning held a one day creative writing workshop with writers Wayne Price and Fiona Thackeray at Stonehaven Community Centre on Sunday, March 10.

Wayne Price and Fiona Thackeray each led a writing workshop session designed to help foster learners’ writing skills as well as to provide stimulating ideas for writing.

Members of the Stonehaven Writing Group Stoney Scrievars (organised by Stonehaven Community Learning), members of an Inverbervie Writing Group (organised by Stonehaven Community Learning in partnership with Pillar Kincardine) as well as S6 pupils from Mackie Academy who are working towards their Advanced Higher in English all attended the event.

Wayne Price was born and brought up in south Wales but has lived and worked in Scotland since 1987. His short stories and poems have won major awards in numerous international competitions and his first book-length collection, Furnace, was recently nominated for the Saltire Scottish First Book of the Year. He teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Aberdeen.

Fiona Thackeray has won prizes in the Macallan/Scotland on Sunday Awards, the Neil Gunn Competition and Woman’s Own magazine. Her work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in various literary anthologies including, Polygon ‘Shorts 4 & 5’, Cinnamon and Inkermen Press, Ironstone magazine, and ‘The Guardian International’. In 2010 she launched her collection of short stories, The Secret’s in the Folding, from Pewter Rose Press, which was long-listed for the Edge Hill University Prize. Her stories have been published in translation in Polish and Brazilian Portuguese. She is working on her first novel about slavery and sugar cultivation in Brazil.

The event was joint funded by the learners themselves and Creative Scotland’s Live Literature programme, which is managed by Scottish Book Trust. The scheme exists to bring Scottish fiction writers, playwrights, poets, storytellers and their work to every corner of Scottish society including schools, libraries, writers groups, additional support needs organisations, community groups and literary organisations. The scheme subsidises* up to 1200 writer events around the country each year, reaching an average annual audience of over 50,000 people. 
Clare Rodgers, Live Literature Project Co-ordinator, said: “By subsidising writers’ events throughout Scotland, the Live Literature Scheme encourages organisations of all kinds to include authors in their programmes. The scheme also widens the audience for contemporary authors and writing by increasing the amount of literary activity and by providing financial support in such a way that groups pay the same per session wherever they are based.”