Alan Bisset Leads New Creative Writing Classes

A renowned playwright, novelist and performer hosts creative writing sessions in Barrhead.

Alan Bissett has agreed to lead the free workshops, supported by East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure (ERCL), at The Foundry every Monday evening in May.

Following a similar initiative at Giffnock Library last month, the project aims to encourage locals to put pen to paper and describe their experience of the Covid pandemic as part of the Year of Stories 2022.

Lochwinnoch man Alan, who is the author of the cult classic Boyracers, told the Barrhead News: “The series of sessions at Giffnock have been hugely enjoyable, not only because discussing our creative writing in a support group is always liberating, but also because it was healthy. for people to express and share their experiences of confinement.

“It was very cathartic, so hopefully aspiring writers from Barrhead will come to The Foundry with their pens – and the key to their keepsake boxes – ready and we’ll see what comes of it.”

Sessions take place from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., with refreshments and materials provided.

Scott Simpson, Head of Library and Information Services at ERCL, is delighted that Alan, who won a Fringe First award in Edinburgh in 2017 for his play The Moira Monologues, is sharing his experience with the Barrhead writers.

“We would like to extend our invitation to locals to come and share their stories, develop skills and reflect on experiences in a group setting,” Scott added.

“As well as preserving local Covid history, the writings collected from this project will be the inspiration for a photographic exhibition which will travel to venues in East Renfrewshire later this year.”

To reserve a spot in the creative writing sessions, email [email protected]