Scottish writer Alan Bisset to hold creative writing workshops in East Renfrewshire

A renowned Scottish playwright, novelist and performer is set to hold creative writing sessions at Barrhead in May.

Falkirk-born writer Alan Bissett, who now lives in Renfrewshire, will host a series of free creative writing sessions with East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure, to capture people’s experiences of the pandemic as part of the Year stories 2022.

Alan will support people who want to put pen to paper and express their life experiences through the pandemic during the free workshops, which will take place every Monday evening in May, following several successful sessions at the Giffnock Library last month.

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He said: “I’m really looking forward to starting the sessions at Barrhead Foundry and seeing what the good people there have to say about the pandemic.

“The series of sessions at Giffnock was extremely enjoyable, not only because discussing our creative writing in a support group setting is always freeing, but because it felt healthy and necessary for people to articulate and share their containment experiences.

“It was very cathartic, so hopefully the budding writers from Barrhead will come to the foundry with their pens and key to their memory boxes, ready to go, and we’ll see what comes of it.”

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Scott Simpson, Head of Library and Information Services at East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure, said: “We look forward to welcoming Alan to lead these free creative writing workshops in Barrhead, following our Giffnock library sessions in March. .

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

“Our Beyond 2020: Community Reflections project aims to empower people in East Renfrewshire to share their own lived stories of the pandemic during the Year of Stories 2022.

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

Sessions are held every Monday in May from 7-8:30 p.m., with refreshments and materials provided.

To reserve your free space, send an e-mail to: [email protected]