Writing Mums

Writing Mums after reading to their sold out fringe audience at Appletree Writers' Spoken Word Sundays

Writing Mums after reading to their sold out fringe audience at Appletree Writers' Spoken Word Sundays


 The Writing Mums is a collective of mothers and grandmothers who have been writing together for almost three years. They have had their work collected in an anthology and have performed their work at The Edinburgh Fringe, The Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, Book Week Scotland and at the last two CoastWord Festivals.  

Writing Mum is supported by Appletree Writers, East Lothian Libraries and Scottish Book Trust.


Hannah Lavery was at the helm for our February Writing Mums workshop, and no sooner had our bottoms hit the seats than we were putting pen to paper, getting our writing brains in gear with a “morning page”. The focus for today was the songs Dunbar Sings will be performing at CoastWord

Our first workshop of 2015 was with the delightful Magi Gibson, poet and author and currently the Reader in Residence at the Glasgow Women’s Library. Usually the authors who come to Writing Mums are largely there to teach writing skills, but this time, we had a lot to give back as well. 

Diane took the chair for the last Writing Mums workshop of 2014. She had given out our assignment at our tea party for Book Week – each of us had a greetings card and instructions to write a short story or poem inspired by the words and pictures on the card. Mine said “If you didn’t know how old you were, how old would you be?”

Our journal this month takes the form of a rather lovely conversation from Facebook ….

Thanks once again for an inspiring (and emotional!!) workshop this morning ladies. The hour and half disappeared in a flash. I felt reinvigorated to get back into the writing groove and intend trying to start my homework tonight! Xo

Our last workshop with Linda was a celebratory affair. We had some rather lovely cake from Emma and we were spoilt with some fantastic stories and poems. We will miss Linda’s insightful comments on our work but what we have learnt to be much more confident and we are becoming really supportive critics of each other’s work.

After attending my first Writing Mums Workshop in January, and trying to leave my self-criticism at home (a hard thing for a mum to do), I couldn’t wait for February’s workshop with Linda Strachan. Feeling enthused after tackling the exercise Linda had set us earlier in the month, writing a short piece based on one of four quotes, I wondered what this month’s workshop would bring, and hoping that my contribution was up to scratch. 

Lynn Kilpatrick

I have never been to a writing workshop before, so I had no real idea what to expect. Strange perhaps that I hadn't thought to ask...

Aileen Kelly