I’m pleased to announce that I recently took up the role of Events Co-ordinator at the Scottish Writers’ Centre and joined the Board who’ve been working hard to turn an idea of a dedicated Scottish literature venue for writers into a reality.
At present the SWC has accommodation in the CCA – Glasgow-based but Scotland-wide.
Eventually, the plan is to have a dedicated building; a home– somewhere to grow, to continue to put on interesting talks and writer events and host international writers; to add to the Scottish cultural economy; to contribute to literature development; to debate current issues in writing and publishing, and to spread a love of the written word.
Publishing is in flux – every day there’s some other bit of bad news about a bookshop closing down or writers losing their agents or publishing deal. Writers are bombarded with information about new trends – apps, digital and self-publishing. Writers need to connect, to talk over issues and ideas, to blether about books. More than ever, there’s a need for a shared space to try out ideas and to talk about issues, as well as to share new opportunities. That place is the SWC.
SWC are host to different writing groups who meet weekly, fortnightly or monthly in the new dedicated CCA meeting space: Gaelic writers’ group, Scots/English writers’ group, Glasgow Meet-Up Writers, Haiku writing and study group, and the poetry-book reading group. Why not come along and join the conversation?
If you’re around Glasgow you can drop in to one of SWC’s fortnightly meetings. Until the end of June the Writers’ Hub opens every second Thursday afternoon from 2-5pm, alternating with our Thursday evening events and debates. All are Free and Open to All.
Join us this Thursday, 24th May at 7pm for the SWC Great Debate on Speculative Fiction. Douglas Thompson will chair the panel of – Kirsty Logan – Gordon Robertson – Roy Gill – Neil Williamson – John Birch. Come and have your say on this hot topic.
If you can’t come in person you can lend your support to the work of the SWC in different ways, by making a donation, or by taking out a membership of the Scottish Writers’ Centre, or lending your voice to the debates in the comments on the SWC blog.