Guest Speakers & Adjudicators 2020/21
Over the course of the year, 8 invited Guest Speakers will visit Ayr Writers’ Club to talk about their writing routines, their working methods, and their publications.
There will be an open Question & Answer session in the latter half of the evening, an opportunity to delve a little deeper into a professional writer’s thoughts and working practices.
Many of our Guest Speakers will also adjudicate, and feedback, on every individual entry submitted for each of the club’s ten writing competitions, to their specialist field.
Henry Bell is a writer and editor living on the Southside of Glasgow. He is the managing editor of Gutter Magazine, a biannual literary magazine which was the bestselling book at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in 2018.
His poetry has appeared widely in magazines and anthologies, and in 2014 Henry was part of the Mungo’s Mirrorball Clydebuilt programme under the mentorship of Gerry Cambridge.
Henry has edited books including A Bird is Not a Stone, a collection of contemporary Palestinian poetry in translation. He has collaborated on work for the stage with Sara Shaarawi and their plays have been performed in Edinburgh and Cairo. He has also had monologues performed at the Oran Mor in Glasgow.
Henry’s biography, John Maclean: Hero of Red Clydeside, was published in 2018.
3rd February – Karen Jones, Guest Speaker
Karen Jones is addicted to flash and short fiction writing competitions, and is a perennial long/short-lister – Commonwealth Short Story Competition, Bath Flash Fiction, Bath Short Story, To Hull and Back, TSS 400, HISSAC – though she has reached the prize-winning stage with Mslexia, Flash 500, Words With Jam, Ink Tears and Ad Hoc Fiction.
Her work is published in numerous ezines, magazines and anthologies. Her story Small Mercies was nominated for Best of the Net, the Pushcart Prize and is included in Best Small Fictions 2019 and the BIFFY50 2019.
Isi Nimmo is a local stage director who has worked extensively throughout the theatres of the UK.
With a successful professional career born out of RADA Stage Management training, she has close affiliations within the theatre world and has worked intensively alongside the Olivier and Tony Award winning playwright, Alan Ayckbourne.
As a production and company stage manager, Isi was a key member of the 2011 Steven Schwartz musical, Godspell, Grenwich Theatre, London.
Isi is currently developing and directing the comedy-drama stage play, The Steamie – bringing this classic 1950’s-set show to the Ayrshire stage.
Scarlet Wilson writes for Harlequin/Mills and Boon medical and romance lines, Entangled Publishing and Tule Publishing. She’s worked in the health service for over 27 years, training as a nurse and a health visitor, and now currently works within public health. Six of her books have been nominated for the RNA RoNA Rose Award, with Christmas in the Boss’s Castle winning in 2017.
She also writes young adult fiction under the name S M Wilson. She has written YA books for Usborne Publishing, The Extinction Trials, Exile and Rebel all published in 2018/19.
Scarlet has had over 45 books published and over a million copies sold.