ADJUDICATOR’S REPORT & RESULTS
There were 35 entries for the competition. Those who entered chose a wide variety of memories to write about: childhood and school-days, events in adult life, memories of parents, aunts and uncles, holidays taken or places visited. Some were light-hearted or humorous , others related traumatic experiences. Read more "AUTUMN VOICES SHORT MEMOIR COMPETITION"
Boxes in the attic
I used to imagine my brain as an attic containing carefully labelled boxes, which I could open when I wished to retrieve a memory. Now the labels have come off and been reattached to the wrong box, or become smudged and illegible. When looking for a word that I know well, but have temporarily mislaid, I rummage in the wrong box and find a quite different memory from the one I was seeking. This is one of them: -
Memoir 2: The black cushions
I was born in January 1939, the last of three sisters. We lived with our mother in Bermuda until after the war was over. At age ten I was sent to a girls’ boarding school where I spent the worst five years of my life. After leaving, I went to Art School, which was very healing. At seventeen I met Robin and we married when I was twenty. We moved to Scotland after a year, and have three wonderful children who gave us three lovely children- in- law, and three amazing grandchildren. We always have cats.
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Welcome to our Guest Blogger for May, Kay Ritchie (age 68).
According to George Eliot, ‘It is never too late to be who you might have been’ which, as a late starter, I’ve always found rather comforting. I’d reached my mid-twenties before I went to art school, my forties by the time I got to university and was hitting sixty when I started writing. Read more "GUEST BLOGGER: KAY RITCHIE"
The award of 14 bursaries was announced on 25th February 2019
In partnership with the Saltire Society, Luminate, Scotland’s creative ageing organisation, was delighted to offer two distinctive bursary opportunities for older emerging artists. In total 14 bursaries have been awarded: 13 smaller awards (£500 to £1,000) to support a range of individual professional development opportunities, and one larger award (£2,000) Read more "LUMINATE AND THE SALTIRE SOCIETY OLDER ARTISTS’ BURSARIES"
I was born in Devon in 1950 but grew up in Scotland and have lived there most of my life. I now share my time between Glasgow and Vancouver. I’ve written stuff since I was a kid and I studied English Literature at Glasgow University with a vague idea of becoming a writer. I didn’t take to academic life and tried to leave and go travelling. I was persuaded to finish my degree. I became interested in film-making whilst a student and have earned an erratic living as a freelance cinematographer and director since. Read more "GUEST POET: JAN PESTER"
Rows and flows of angel hair
And ice cream castles in the air
And feather canyons everywhere
I’ve looked at clouds that way.
Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now is one of my favourite songs – so sad, so honest and one which expresses things we recognise in ourselves, Read more "I’VE LOOKED AT CLOUDS THAT WAY"