Featured Writer: Pippa Little

We are delighted to welcome Pippa Little as this month’s Featured Writer. Pippa is a poet of distinction who a few years ago, as many of us will remember, read at the Centre Stage event, the highlight of each day of poetry readings at the StAnza poetry festival. She says that her poem, Gathering, whichContinue reading “Featured Writer: Pippa Little”

Featured Writing Group: Lockerbie Writers

Lockerbie Writers (https://lockerbiewritersanthology.wordpress.com/) meet fortnightly from 1000 to 1200 in the Townhead Hotel, Lockerbie, and are a like-minded group of local writers that share their work and provide supportive critique and motivation. Two of their members, Paula Gilfillan and Kath Rennie, are FWS members. Paula (pen name Paula Nicolson) achieved a Commended prize for her flashContinue reading “Featured Writing Group: Lockerbie Writers”

Featured Writer: Stewart Ennis

We are delighted to welcome Stewart Ennis as  Featured Writer for February. Stewart’s new novel Blessed Assurance has been named as one of the Best Scottish Books 2019 by the Association of Scottish Literary Studies. He will be reading from it at Aye Write! in Glasgow and has been invited to read at this year’s EdinburghContinue reading “Featured Writer: Stewart Ennis”

Featured writer: Lydia Harris

We are delighted to welcome Lydia Harris as this month’s Featured Writer. Lydia, who is one of several members living on Scottish islands (she lives in the Orkneys), joined the Federation after winning the poetry category in the 2017 Vernal Equinox Competition. She was commended in the 2018 competition and has had many other successes,Continue reading “Featured writer: Lydia Harris”

FWS Vernal Equinox Competition Opens

Federation of Writers Scotland Vernal Equinox Competition 2020  ****NEW DEADLINE: midnight on 30 April 2020**** Prizes in each category: 1st prize £100, 2nd prize £25, 3rd prize £10  Rules of Entry There will be five categories: open poetry; open short stories; open flash fiction; poetry or flash fiction in Scottish Gaelic; poetry or flash fiction inContinue reading “FWS Vernal Equinox Competition Opens”

Featured writer: Eileen Farrelly

We are delighted to welcome Eileen Farrelly as this month’s Featured Writer and Committee Member. Eileen has only just joined the committee, as she explains below, but she is full of enthusiasm and, as you can see from the poem below, a compelling and talented poet. Eileen writes of her membership of the FWS CommitteeContinue reading “Featured writer: Eileen Farrelly”

Featured writer: Jonathan Whitelaw

We are delighted to welcome Jonathan Whitelaw as this month’s Featured Writer. Jonathan has won critical acclaim for his novels which are unusual thrillers with a metaphysical, indeed a devilish twist. The excerpt below will whet your appetite for more. Jonathan is an author, journalist and broadcaster. After working on the frontline of Scottish politics,Continue reading “Featured writer: Jonathan Whitelaw”

Featured Writer: Alun Robert

We are delighted to welcome Alun Robert as a Featured Writer. If you follow the monthly list of successes in the newsmail you cannot fail to notice that Alun regularly features there. There hasn’t been a single month for quite some time when he has not had a poem published or placed in a competition –Continue reading “Featured Writer: Alun Robert”

Featured Writer: Olive Ritch

We are delighted to welcome Olive Ritch as our Featured Writer. As her biography shows, Olive is a distinguished poet and editor (not many poets get into the prestigious Poetry Review or are broadcast on Radio 4). Her subtly unsettling poem below,The Hand Game, rewards close reading. Olive M. Ritch is an award-winning poet from Orkney.Continue reading “Featured Writer: Olive Ritch”

Featured writer: Jim Aitken

We are delighted to welcome Jim Aitken as our Featured Writer. Jim is well-known on the Scottish literary scene for his heartfelt, often politically charged poetry and drama and his range of subjects. Wind and Wave – below – finds him in a more contemplative mood but the poem’s unexpected conclusion roots it in the specific.Continue reading “Featured writer: Jim Aitken”