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Industry Insider – Writers on the Edge

23 March @ 14:00 - 15:00 GMT

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Free

Three writers explore the joys and challenges of a writing career while living on the edge of the UK – in locations as far apart as Brecon in mid-Wales, rural Northern Ireland and the south mainland of Shetland.

Chaired by Donald S Murray, Christopher Meredith and Kerry Buchanan will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of living away from it all – and how speaking the language of these islands influences their lives and writing. How does the minority status Gaelic, Irish and Welsh affect their work? And what impact does that have on communities that still speak in these languages?

This event is hosted by the Society of Authors in Scotland. Read more about this event from the event chair, Donald S. Murray.

Programme

  • Welcome and introductions by chair Donald S Murray
  • Panel discussion with Christopher Meredith and Kerry Buchanan
  • Q&A with the audience
  • Summary and closing comments from Donald S Murray

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The line-up

Kerry Buchanan – Veterinary surgeon, writer

Kerry Buchanan is a former veterinary surgeon, now full-time dementia carer, who writes short stories and novels and lives in a farm in County Down, Northern Ireland. Her stories have found international markets and her first crime novel, Knife Edge, is due to be published in spring 2021 by Joffe Books.
Website: kerrybuchanan.com | Twitter: @DabblinginCrime

Christopher Meredith – Novelist, poet, translator

Christopher Meredith is an award-winning novelist, poet and translator. His ground-breaking first novel, Shifts, is regarded as a modern classic. He has broadcast on radio and TV and given readings and talks all round Britain as well as in the Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, France, Germany, Finland, Ireland, Slovenia and the USA. Born and brought up in Tredegar, he has been a steelworker, a schoolteacher and a university professor and now writes full time. A short novel, Please, and a collection of poems called Still are scheduled to appear simultaneously from Seren Books on the last day of April 2021. A Welsh speaker, he lives and works in Brecon, Mid-Wales.
Website: christophermeredit9.wixsite.com/website

 

Donald S Murray – Poet, writer, teacher

Raised in Ness, Isle of Lewis and living in Shetland, Donald S Murray is a Gaelic speaking poet, author, teacher and occasional dramatist. His novel As the Women Lay Dreaming (Saraband) was inspired by the Iolaire disaster near Stornoway in January 1919 – shortlisted for a number of awards and won the Paul Torday Memorial Prize for 2020. Also published in 2020 is The Man Who Talks to Birds (Saraband), a collection of poems inspired by the beginning of lockdown. Two books will be appearing in 2021. His new novel, In a Veil of Mist (Saraband), will be published in March. His latest non-fiction book, For the Safety of All – the Story of Scotland’s Lighthouses (HES), appears at the end of May.
Website: www.donaldsmurray.co.uk | Twitter: @DonaldMurray56


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Details

Date:
23 March
Time:
14:00 - 15:00 GMT
Cost:
Free
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Venue

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