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I am honoured and surprised to be voted The Federation of Writers (Scotland) Scriever for 2022. Honoured because I love the Federation and all it stands for. I’m always thankful for the hard work the committee do to keep the organisation running smoothly. I’m surprised because I’ve been in the background for many years and realise that there may be many members who don’t know me or my work. For those of you who don’t know me, here is a little potted history of my time in the Federation.

I have been a member of the Federation of Writers Scotland almost since day one.  I can remember the first AGM, held about fifteen years ago in St Mungo’s Museum. At that time there was only a few dozen members. Marc Sherland handed out notes and asked us to write down what we wanted from this brand-new organisation.   What we came up with that day is still very much reflected in the Federation’s aims today and I am proud to have been part of that.

I was a relatively newbie writer at that time and took advantage of all the performance opportunities that were held at the GOMA. I also attended the GOMA writing group on a Thursday night.

I joined the committee as Finance Convenor, then became part of New Voices Press and for three years helped launch three anthologies as well as three poetry collections.

In 2012 my first novel was published, and I moved abroad so had to take a step back from my Federation work, but I have always been there in the background, posting opportunities on the Facebook page and sending items into the newsletter. If you wish you can find out more about my work from my website.

As your 2022 Scriever I intend to immerse myself back into the Federation.  I have lots of ideas and some exciting items already planned.

If there is a particular topic you would like me to cover during my term as Scriever, please drop me a line and I’ll see what I can do.  In the meantime, here’s to a safe, productive, and fruitful 2022 for all of you.

All the best, Moira McPartlin



Twitter: @moiramcpartlin

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