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.
Welcome to Larry Butler, who has been an influential figure in this project by providing support through Lapidus, by agreeing to publish the book, ‘Autumn Voices: Scottish writers talk about their creativity in later life’; and by being the one who suggested starting this blog.
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
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
This month’s Guest Blogger is Stacey Kitzinger, Events and Community Fundraiser for Age Scotland. What Stacey has to say about the work of Age Scotland is particularly appropriate to the Autumn Voices Blog, because all the proceeds from the book, Autumn Voices, shortly to be published (in March or April) will be donated to Age
Award-winning poet, Sheila Templeton, is one of the people interviewed for Autumn Voices, due out in March. An extract from the interview with Sheila was posted on this blog last year. Occasionally I find myself lamenting – wishing – I’d carried on writing as I did in my teens, the journal, the stories, the pieces
Thanks to Lizzie MacGregor for being one of our guest bloggers. Lizzie compiled and edited ‘ Whatever the Sea: Scottish Poems for Growing Older’ (Scottish Poetry Library/Polygon, 2016). Sally Magnusson, in her Foreword to this collection, commented, ‘they explore the never-ageing human heart in its encounter with mortality. And they do it beautifully.’ A few
Grey Hen Press was founded by Joy Howard in 2007. The idea behind the press (and hence its name) was to showcase older women’s poetry. Why older women? because: In terms of age, today’s poetry publishing scene is highly competitive and demanding in terms of building up a CV. Women over 60, especially those who
Last month (August 2017) Anne Gallacher wrote about the work that Luminate does to promote creativity in later life. The Luminate Festival of Creative Ageing runs throughout October, with events all over Scotland. Watch out for their catalogue which contains details of these events. One of these events – Autumn Voices – is being run
by Simon Berry It was barely five years ago that I started writing poetry, that is if you ignore my student days when I was really into it and edited a poetry magazine. But that was almost half a century ago! So what happened in between? I suppose the short and simple answer is that