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Diggers' Writers

The Diggers' Writers is a group of poetry and prose writers who meet weekly to discuss our writing and to offer constructive criticism. There are around ten of us, with six who attend on a regular basis.  However the group’s highlight of last year had nothing to do with writing; we appeared on BBC2 flagship quiz programme Eggheads and although we didn’t win we had a great time. 

Looking back over the past 12 months we’ve all been busy writing, performing and getting published. Louise performed a poetry set at the Festival Fringe in August and Jim had commissions for plays, one of which was performed at the Leith Festival. Nancy’s poems have been published in National Collective’s Zine and Red Squirrel Press will publish volume 2 of Mike’s fantasy saga, Mangel Eve later this year.

23 Mackays is a collection of stories by John which has just been published. It’s been a great year for Jo whose autobiography was published recently, the launch for which was hosted by Richard Holloway. She’s giving readings around the country as part of the promotion for the book; Skydiving for Beginners. 

In addition Nancy, Mike and Louise have given readings at various venues in Edinburgh; Blind Poetics, Shore Poets, TenRed and the Art Cave. Susan has received a Special Merit for one of her poems in the National Galleries of Scotland competition. And finally, Kath won a short story competition run by the Scottish Association of Writers. 

Sadly, Paul passed away suddenly last July aged just 54; a fine man and a talented writer. We miss him very much. His book of short stories, Carousel is available on Amazon.

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