Jenny Robertson has published over thirty-eight books, including three collections of her own poems, ‘Ghetto’was chosen for the Edinburgh Book Festival in 1989. Two of her plays were performed in the Fringe. Her most recent books Wojtek War Hero Bear (Birlinn 2014) and From the Volga to the Clyde (Fleming Publications 2014) reflect her interest
I am delighted to welcome well-known author and story performer, Joan Leotta, as a Guest Blogger to the Autumn Voices blog. She is our first American guest – the first of many more, I hope. Joan is from Pittsburgh where she began to write at an early age, receiving various awards from high school on.
by ethyl smith Grandmother and retired lecturer, Ethyl Smith, is a wonderful example of someone whose writing talent blossomed in later life. She has worked as a teacher/lecturer of Graphic Design and is also a qualified holistic-therapist/teacher and British registered hypno-therapist which, she says, has allowed her to meet and interact with a wide range
This article by Robin Lloyd-Jones, about the Autumn Voices project, was commissioned by The Author (the Journal of the Society of Authors) and appeared in their Summer 2018 issue. In undertaking any project it helps to have insider knowledge. When I began the Autumn Voices project, in 2015, I was 80, and 83 when it
There was a full house for both the Edinburgh launch and the Glasgow launch of Autumn Voices held In June. On each occasion the event was dedicated to David Donnison, the oldest person to be interviewed for the book, who died in May of this year. Feedback about the two events has been very positive.
Launch Events: EDINBURGH: Thursday 21st June, Blackwell’s Bookshop, 52-63 South Bridge, EH1 1YS, 6.00-7.30 pm GLASGOW: Thursday 28th June, Waterstones, 351-355 Byres Road, G12 8AU, 7.30-9.00 pm About Autumn Voices the Book There will be readings by the writers in the book, drawn from: Sheena Blackhall, Larry Butler, Jenni Calder, A,C.Clarke, Stewart Conn, Douglas Dunn
David Vernon Donnison was an Emeritus Professor and Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Urban Studies. He previously held the Chair of Town and Regional Planning from 1980-1991. David, who died earlier this month, was one of the writers I interviewed for the book Autumn Voices: Scottish writers over 70 talk about creativity
This month – May 2018 – marks the 1st anniversary of the Autumn Voices Blog which was set up to discuss and to encourage creativity in later life. In the past twelve months we have had a series of interesting and thought-provoking guest bloggers writing about aspects of later life: Anne Gallacher on the Luminate
Willy Maley, Professor of Renaissance Studies at Glasgow University, writes a piece in appreciation of Autumn Voices which will be published in May this year. Muriel Spark practically invented the idea of a “prime”, and in the case of Miss Jean Brodie, that prime, though cut short, was meant to cover the years from forty
Pat Sutherland, aged 76, has this to say about herself: ‘After a diagnosis of advanced breast cancer in 2014, I joined Larry’s expressive writing workshop at Maggie’s. These wonderful sessions encouraged me to pick up writing again, and I still attend Larry’s workshops outwith Maggie’s,(1) and the Waterstory canal sessions(2) run by Bev Schofield. I