Patron – Tom Hubbard
We are delighted to announce that Tom has accepted the position of Patron of Fife Writes, where he will help us with our long term strategy.
Tom is a novelist, poet and former itinerant academic whose second novel, The Lucky Charm of Major Bessop, appeared in 2014. His other works of fiction are the novel Marie B in 2008, based on the life of the late-nineteenth century painter Marie Bashkirtseff, and, more recently, Slavonic Dances in 2017, a set of three linked novellas based on the comic and tragic encounters of the Scottish characters with eastern and east-central Europe. His new collection of poems on Fife themes is The Flechitorium in 2017 – he will be reading from some of the more outrageous pieces therein. You have been warned. Recent work also includes a pamphlet (for Tapsalteerie Press, 2017) of Scots versions of the work of the Hungarian poet Győző Ferencz. Previous book-length collections of poetry are The Chagall Winnocks in 2011 and Parapets and Labyrinths in 2013.
Tom was the first Librarian of the Scottish Poetry Library and went on to become a visiting university professor in France, Hungary and the USA. He has also lived and worked in his ancestral Ireland. Recent gigs at Tell it Slant and the Scottish Writers Centre (both Glasgow). Lives in Kirkcaldy which, despite all conscientious efforts, can’t get rid of him. Find out more about Tom here – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Hubbard
Workshop Organiser – Lisa May Young
Lisa is an Author, Podcaster and Creative. Her debut novel, The Kinship Chronicles, received 5 star reviews and she is working on her next creative project.
Lisa is a Podcaster and host of I AM Radio, a creative blog, and Holding the Space, an interview series. I AM Radio and Holding the Space are available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Luminary, Spotify, Spreaker and YouTube.
Lisa is passionate about helping others express their creativity and since 2017 has hosted successful and fully booked workshops with Fife Writes. In 2019, Lisa accepted the position of Workshop Organiser for Fife Writes.
In her spare time, Lisa volunteers as a counsellor with Fife Alcohol Support Service (FASS) and as a part-time Book Sleuth sources lost books for rare collections and libraries around the world.
Chair – Lilian Kennedy Brzoska
Lilian is a qualified drama teacher, performer and theatre director. She was Senior Co-facilitator of Fifeshed Inclusive Theatre for two years and Trustee on the Board of Attention Fife, doing therapeutic drama with ADHD children. She is currently engaged in gathering her writings of various genre, artworks and songs and is a member of the Scottish Region of the International Theosophical Society, for whom she delivers lectures and meditations. She has strong connections with the West Coast and is a Trustee member of the Core Group of An Tearman, a sanctuary for writers, musicians, artists and seekers of inspiration on the Isle of Bute.
Lilian has many happy childhood memories of holidays in Crail, Anstruther and Pittenweem where her Polish father and Scots mother brought the family every year. She has been writing poetry and drama sketches since 1984. She wrote for BBC Scotland’s programme “Hopscotch”, before leaving Glasgow, where she was Co-director of Roughcast Music Theatre. In 1995 she toured Scotland performing “Freedom Song” with Howard Purdie, a borders poet and playwright.
At Festivals Lilian also improvises, sings and connects with Scotland’s sacred sites. She has an ongoing creative relationship with Alan Jackson. www.booksfromscotland.com/Authors/Alan-Jackson with whom she has shared the stage in Edinburgh on a variety of occasions. Find out more about Lilian here www.silverbirchproductions.co.uk
Treasurer – George McDermid
George is originally from Edinburgh. He won prizes in both prose and poetry in his teenage years, but left school to study Astrophysics, which raised a few eyebrows at the time. Coming down from the stars, he became a teacher and explored poetry further, after moving to Aberdeen where he joined a small group of writers and gave regular readings. It was in Aberdeen that his love of Traditional Music flourished, taking up the tin whistle, flute and bodhran, meanwhile editing the newsletter for Aberdeen Folk Club.
Moving to Glasgow to escape teaching, his music developed playing in a small 4-piece traditional band called ‘Mac Iain an Oise’. However, the start of a 20-year-long writer’s block settled in.
After moving to Fife in 2009, George was soon inspired to write again and began to produce an outpouring of poetry with a number of publications in a handful of anthologies, F, M or Other, Quarrels with the Gender Binary, is still available in selected bookshops and online direct from the publisher at https://knighterrantpress.bigcartel.com/product/f-m-or-other-quarrels-with-the-gender-binary-volume-1
He is the co-creator of a small Creative Writing Group which goes under the name of And then the Cow Woke Up, which publishes some of its output on a blog at https://andthenthecowwokeup.wordpress.com/
Secretary – George Sinclair
In a previous life George had many years experience of designing and manufacturing electronic products such as sniper locating and eavesdropping equipment. As a Project Manager he managed multi-£M projects. Later, as a Bid Manager, he published nearly 200 technical and business proposals for customers across the five continents.
Now, he is a writer. His first novel The Secret of Gold is published on Amazon Kindle, where you can read a few chapters free.
His second novel The Secret of Stone is also published on Amazon Kindle, where you can read a few chapters free.
He has published a non-fiction book entitled The Substance and Style of a Winning Bid Manager (The Short Version) on Amazon Kindle.
He has also published his second non-fiction book entitled Creative Writing – from Blank Page to Edited Novel in 19 Steps on Amazon Kindle. This will interest people who attended the Workshops.
He has plans for a further three novels and three non-fiction books. George likes to think of himself as being a writer, travel photographer and adventurer.
Learn more about George here – http://www.george-sinclair.com/