The Autumn Voices blog would not have come into being, nor continued to grow without the help and support of a great many people. My thanks are due to:
Creative Scotland for funding the Autumn Voices project, of which this blog is one part;
Luminate: Scotland’s Festival of Creative Ageing for support, encouragement, advice, contacts and much else. In particular, I would like to thank its director, Anne Gallacher for her interest in everything connected to Autumn Voices.
Lapidus Scotland for support, advice and expertise for the project as a whole and for its input to this blog.
Larry Butler director of Lapidus and editor/owner of Playspace Publications which will publish the book, Autumn Voices: Scottish writers talk about their creativity in later life. It was Larry who first suggested starting a blog in support of the Autumn Voices project.
All the writers who agreed to be interviewed.Extracts from these interviews will appear in ‘Quick Dip’ and their views on selected topics in ‘Autumn View’: Sheena Blackhall, Larry Butler, Jenni Calder, A,C,,Clarke, Stewart Conn, David Donnison, Douglas Dunn, Vicki Feaver, Lee Gershuny, Alasdair Gray, Diana Hendry, Richard Holloway, James Kelman, Tom Leonard, Carl MacDougall, Bernard MacLaverty, Alison Prince, Pauline Prior-Pitt, John Purser
You writers over 60 who have returned a completed questionnaire, or entered the Autumn Voices Over 60 Writing Competition.
Jim Convey of Ladder IT Limited for his expertise and technical assistance in setting up the blog and the questionnaire and for much good advice.
Simon Berry for looking at the draft questionnaire and making valuable suggestions
Members of the Helensburgh Writers Workshop for comments and suggestions at all stages of the Autumn Voices project.
The Scottish Poetry Libray & the Scottish Book Trust from whose websites come most of the photographs in this blog.
All those who have already, or will in the future, contribute to this blog, including guest bloggers and those who have reached us through the ‘Have Your Say’ page.
The many people and organisations who have spread the word about the Autumn Voices blog and its contents, including: Mary Irvine, Jean Rafferty, the Federation of Writers, the Scottish PEN Newsletter, many club secretaries, the SAW.