"Somewhere between the continuing COVID dramas [...] my writing hasn't really happened." I wrote this on my Facebook page in January 2021. Depressingly, I could have written exactly the same thing in January 2022. Between lockdowns, school closures and self-isolations, plus all of the other dramas and illnesses involved in normal family life (which included … Continue reading 2021: Review of the year
By Kerrie McKinnel, Events Manager This year, Lockerbie Writers is going through something of a shift of membership. As I prepare to take my own step back, it seems like the perfect opportunity to reflect on my time with the group. First, let me ask you a question. Have you ever said these words? “I’ve … Continue reading Lockerbie Writers: Reflections on the last six years (2015 – 2021)
This month, I am delighted to announce two new additions to my list of published works! My poem, 'Arctic Roll', features in Gutter Issue 15 (Autumn 2016). The poem was written in a Sunday evening post-migraine flash of inspiration and is a little darker than some of my usual writing. I was so unsure about … Continue reading New Publications: ‘Gutter’ and ‘From Glasgow to Saturn’
Hello again! It's been a busy few months while I've been hard at work on my current university project: editing and publishing a book on behalf of my local writers' group, Lockerbie Writers. It's been a fascinating process and one which is almost at an end. If you'd like to find out more about the … Continue reading Alastair Buchan Prize
As you'll know by now, my poem The Enchanted Forest featured as part of a light and sound installation on 30th November 2015. After publishing the details on my blog and Facebook page, I was contacted by a few people wishing me luck but who were unable to travel to Dumfries to hear the poem … Continue reading ‘The Enchanted Forest’ – A Recording
The writer's life is filled with rejection, but this week I was thrilled to receive some wonderful news - another accepted writing submission! My poem, The Enchanted Forest, will feature as part of 'The Switch On', an "all-day festival of the written word" taking place in Dumfries on 30th November to coincide with the switching … Continue reading The Enchanted Forest – Accepted!