For the first ten years of my writing career I worked for television, with broadcast credits for BBC and Granada then ‘downshifted’ to stage plays for ten years, with 3 years as Dramatist in Residence for Dumfries and Galloway, also founder of Bamboo Grove Theatre Company, and facilitator for ABC Drama Group (run for and by adults with learning disabilities) and for the last five years I’ve been actively involved in fiction writing and editing. I now split my time between my own fiction writing and editing and promoting the work of Samuel Rutherford Crockett (Scotland’s forgotten bestseller) through the online literary society The Galloway Raiders.
About writer's work
The themes I find I come back to time and again are identity, reality and memory. My writing is more visual than descriptive and for me narrative is a way to both experience the world and a vital form of communication. I like to experiment with form but have a great respect for structure/s. I believe that publishing is a political, economic and social act and am interested in exploring ways that the dominant ideology can be subverted… having said that, in my actual writing I just like to write stories which reach out to people and speak to them. I am an active advocate for alternative publishing forms and interested in looking at ways that writing can break free from the current mainstream marketing models and reclaim what I believe is its primary aim – the individual and unique communicative relationship between a writer and a reader.
I’m currently poacher turned gamekeeper, working as editor and publisher. In 2014 I edited the 32 volume The Galloway Collection works by S.R.Crockett and in 2015 I am writing a series of books ‘Discovering Crockett’ opening up his work for modern readers.
Websites featuring the authorCally Phillips | Galloway Raiders | Ayton Publishing
Current events and projects
Available for readings, workshops and residencies. I’m happy to deliver workshops based on my own experience, read from my own work or tailor practical sessions in drama and creative writing to the needs of specific groups. My current work focusses quite heavily on digital/alternative publishing methods and I’m happy to talk about ‘indie’ publishing in all its forms. I can offer practical workshops on publishing, ebooks and POD.
I am not currently active as a screenwriter or playwright, but I’m happy to run sessions on structure, character development and practical writing skills as well as analytic skills.
I run The Galloway Raiders literary society and am always happy to come and talk to people about the life and work of S.R.Crockett, especially in the context of Scottish literature and 19th century publishing.
I prefer to work with adults or late teens in the community. I’m happy to visit writers groups, readers groups or ‘interest’ groups and to attend festivals. I don’t visit schools.
Broadcast credits for BBC and Granada TV. Experienced script reader for Channel 4.
Dramatist in residence for Dumfries and Galloway Arts Association 2002-2004 and playwright in residence for West Lothian Youth Theatre 2004-2005.
Won 2013 Fair Trade award for ‘FairTrade Fiction’ and other Fair trade drama projects.
Plays performed at Scottish Parliament: Life’s A Pizza (2005) and The End of the Age of Oil. (2006)
Short stories published online with McStorytellers and in The McCollection, The Festival Dozen and Being Scots.
Founder and editor of The Edinburgh eBook Festival 2012-2014
Editor of the 32 volume The Galloway Collection (2014)