Quick and Quirky Questions

Quick & Quirky Questions is a brand-new monthly feature on the Autumn Voices website for 2021 and beyond.

Each month, we’ll ask a member of the Autumn Voices community – and maybe one or two well-known names and faces – some (you guessed it) quick and quirky questions. There will be five regular questions that we’ll ask every person, and depending on what themes we’re championing at Autumn Voices or activities we’re involved in, we might throw in one or two extra. The responses will be published each month along with a little bit about who they are.

To keep track of who our interview subjects are each month, follow us on Facebook or Twitter and look for the hashtag #QQQ

To whet our appetites, our first interview subject for January is Alex Hill.

Quick & Quirky Questions with Nick Nairn

We’re thrilled to bring you a Quick & Quirky Questions this week from 62-year-old celebrity chef, Nick Nairn, who has happily supplied us with ‘full lockdown mode’ self-portrait. From restaurateur to celebrity chef and food campaigner, Nick Nairn has had a long and pioneering career in the UK food industry. A familiar face from television, … Continue reading Quick & Quirky Questions with Nick Nairn

Quick & Quirky Questions with Sheena Blackhall

Sheena Blackhall, aged 74, is a prolific writer in both Doric and English. Sheena is a poet, novelist, short story writer, illustrator, traditional storyteller and singer. In 2019 Sheena was presented with the Janet Paisley Lifetime Achievement Award. Tell us 4 important facts about yourself Currently I am Makar for the North East Doric Board … Continue reading Quick & Quirky Questions with Sheena Blackhall

Quick & Quirky Questions with Diana Hendry

Diana, aged 78, lives in Edinburgh. Primarily a poet, Diana also writes short stories and children’s books. A former tutor at Bristol  University and the Open University, she has tutored many courses for the Arvon foundation and from 2015-2017 was co-editor of New Writing Scotland.  Tell us 4 important facts about yourself: I published a … Continue reading Quick & Quirky Questions with Diana Hendry

Quick & Quirky Questions with Mary Irvine

Mary Irvine, aged 76. Mary is one of Autumn Voices’ most regular contributors. Tell us 4 important facts about yourself: I drifted into a career in education rather than planning to. I became Head of Compensatory Education in Senior High and then moved to teach A-Level English and oversee S.E.N. in a Sixth Form College. … Continue reading Quick & Quirky Questions with Mary Irvine

Quick & Quirky Questions with Ingrid Murray

Ingrid’s writing recently has been sporadic. She can write nothing for two years and then write two dozen poems in two months. She has no idea what turns the tap on and off. Her poetry has been published online by Ink Sweat and Tears and Open Mouse, in print in New Writing Scotland and been shortlisted for the Jane Martin Prize (pre age-restriction). In 2015 she collaborated with then Edinburgh Makar, Christine de Luca, on the poem ‘A Month on the Mile’. Ingrid won the 2020 Autumn Voices Poetry Competition with ‘Digitalis Purpurea’.

Quick & Quirky Questions with Finola Scott

Finola Scott’s poetry and short stories have appeared in anthologies and journals including Gutter, New Writing Scotland, The Fenland Reed, Lighthouse, RAUM and The Ofi Press. Her work has won and been placed in UK competitions. She is also a prize-winning performance poet and was the 2020 Federation of Writers (Scotland) Makar, as well as the 2020 Autumn Voices Poetry Competition judge.