Author Archives: David Pettigrew

The Next Chapter: enter a competition or sign up for a course

Hi folks September already and soon the nights will be drawing in. I’m sure you’ll all be looking for productive ways to spend the dark evenings and, with that in mind, the Centre for Lifelong Learning has now released its programme for 2017/18 and my courses are available for booking. Details can be found on […]

We have a winner!

Hi folks I’m extremely chuffed to announce that the winner of the Scottish Book Trust’s prestigious Next Chapter Award 2017 is Julie Rea, who some of you will know from last term’s Creative Writing for Beginners course. She’s also a veteran of the Centre for Lifelong Learning’s Blaze online courses. I had a chat with Julie last week […]

The nights are drawing in . . .

. . . So, naturally, you should be doing more writing. A couple of weeks ago we had good fun in the beginners’ classes spooking each other by writing some ghost stories for Halloween. Some students were surprised at the darkness of their imaginations and others definitely looked unsettled at what they were hearing (I […]

Scot Lit Fest

Catriona on the Feeding the Flame online course has brought this to my attention: Scot Lit Fest, an online virtual book festival running from 24 – 26 June, featuring authors such as Michel Faber and A.L. Kennedy (work by both is discussed in Creative Writing for Writers and other courses), and Zoe Strachan, my own erstwhile tutor […]

Who has a novel on the go?

The creative writing centre at Moniack Mhor has announced the Emerging Writer Award, open to new unpublished writers developing a full-length piece of work. I can think of a number of you who would be very suitable so read the guidelines and apply by 15 February. If you don’t enter, you can’t win: The Bridge Awards     […]

Such a wonderful person, but you got problems

Very sad news about David Bowie, who’s work is as important to me as it is to seemingly everyone else on the planet. I’ve little to add, except to say that as with most great rock writers, for me anyway, it’s always particular lines and phrases from songs that make the deepest impression, and they’ve been popping into […]

Journeys

Newsflash: Scottish Book Trust has launched a new book, Journeys, which features short works from the esteemed likes of Andrew O’Hagan, Jenni Fagan and Lucy Ribchester. Much more importantly it also showcases outstanding pieces from current student Margaret McVey and past student Rona Fitzgerald. Congratulations to both writers and everyone else involved! The book is free, available all […]