I’ve always written. Even as a child I wrote poems and stories and musical plays! My brother and I put on these little shows using a theatre made out of a shoe box and some tiny ballerinas as characters.
But it wasn’t until I was at home looking after my first child that I really got into writing and joined Ayr Writers’ Club. Everything I know about writing I owe to the many members who guided me through the numerous rejections, setbacks and steep learning curves that I went through. I won’t list all the short stories, articles, children’s stories, TV and radio scripts that I’ve had successes with, save to say they take up most of a bookcase in my office!
And I was made a life member of Ayr Writers Club, an honour which touched me greatly.
I also have adjudicated at the Scottish Association of Writers Weekend conference and I thoroughly enjoy reading the many entries from members all over Scotland. Choosing the winner is always difficult and it’s exciting at the conference to find out who it is as all entries are submitted anonymously.
But I had to take a break from writing while I nursed my husband through his final illness and only now, am I beginning to pick up my writing again. And I’m living up to my tag line – writer of many things. So I’m involved with dementia charities and organisations and writing about what they do and the people they help. For the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh I contribute to their magazine, writing the Hidden Lives column where I interview those living with dementia about their lives and what and who they were before they had dementia. Here’s the link to the latest edition – https://www.capitaltheatres.com/media/8059/dementiarts-9_22_06_24_v3-splr.pdf
And there are interesting moves afoot at the theatres in the Capital Theatres group and their commitment to becoming dementia friendly spaces. I’ll keep you posted.