Mearns Writers

Mearns Writers


Events & Workshops

Members of the Stonehaven and Inveerbervie Mearns Writers Group at a Sunday Workshop.
Members of the Stonehaven and Inveerbervie Mearns Writers Group at a Sunday Workshop.


Members of the group read work in public most recently at Stonehaven Library during the 2017 Folk Festival.

On Tuesday 30th September 2015 as part of the New Word Festival under the heading Having The Last Word the group gave public readings in the station Hotel in Stonehaven.

Previously members of the group have read work at various public events and have made a number of broadcasts on Mearns FM. 

Alan Bisset

Alan Bisset, an experienced author known for his different take on Scots dialect writing, led a workshop teaching the group about the structure of writing.

Adrian Mead

October 2019 Workshop

Mearns Writers welcomed renowned playwright Adrian Mead to a workshop in October. A fascinating session saw Adrian give members his tips on how to plot a story and develop convincing characters that draw readers in.

Adrian has written and directed film, radio and TV projects for all of the UK's major broadcasters. His feature film, Night People, was awarded the BAFTA Scotland and Cineworld Audience Award.

Adrian says as a former bouncer and hairdresser it was inevitable he would become a playwright. He believes eighteen years of dealing with neurotic catwalk models and gangsters was ideal preparation for a career in film, TV and radio.

Bill Kirton

12th of March 2018  Bill Kirton, novelist, short story writer, and playwright held a workshop exercise to show how different members of the group could produce vastly differing plots even when given the same characters and scenarios.  

Sandra Irelland

Sandra Ireland took a session on poetry, Sandra, has Creative Scotland sponsored creative residency at Barry Mill in Angus. She is a novelist who has also been enjoying success as a poet.

Under her guidance the class read two poems, At Roane Head by Robin Robinson and Wuthering Heights by Sylvia Plath and encouraged individuals to use words and imagery from both poems to produce a piece of work of their own.

Petra Vergunst poetry workshop

  Petra Vergunst, an experienced poet and community artist held a workshop that culminated in a poem written from the aspect of the object they had previously written about it.  
Some members, past and present, attend a DIY workshop.
Some members, past and present, attend a DIY workshop.

  The Mearns Writers DIY workshops are an opportunity for our members to present their own activity to the group.

We have had various members present very successful workshops and are always on the lookout for other members to give their time and effort.

Social Events

Sausage Sizzle September 2016

The second 'annual' Sausage Sizzle (2016) was held at Jackie's house. We had a good turn out and everyone enjoyed themselves.  

Alexander Inglis Mearns Writers