Book Week Scotland Young Programmers 2017

Meet our 2017 Young Programmers and find out more about the events they've got planned this Book Week Scotland!

Beth Cochrane

Beth Cochrane
Beth holds an MA in English Literature and an MSc in Creative Writing, both from the University of Edinburgh. Her writing has been published in various places, including 404 Ink's Error, Gutter, and The Dangerous Women Project. She currently works in the Scottish Poetry Library, as the Events Co-orindator. She also runs her own spoken word night, Interrobang, which won Best Regular Spoken Word Night UK, in the Saboteur Awards 2017. She's a great lover of house plants and eating other peoples' cooking.

Event: 'Heather McDaid's Guide to a Freelance Life'
Looking to start a freelance career in the world of publishing, writing, marketing and all the et ceteras? Heather McDaid is here to help. Heather is one half of the revolutionary 404 Ink publishing house, where she has published literary magazines and books like Nasty Women. Her freelance career spans co-ordinating literary festivals, coding, editing, marketing and covering live events. Join Heather in conversation with Beth Cochrane and enjoy not only an illuminating discussion, but also a variety of freshly baked brownies, cakes and cookies.

Zoë Bestel

Zoe Bestel
20 year old musician and avid book lover, from Wigtown, Scotland's National Book town, is very keen to pass on her passion for reading. A part of the team that, six years ago, created Wigtown: The Festival (the YA section of Wigtown Book Festival), she actively encourages young people to get creative in the arts with the hopes that they'll consider a career doing something they love within the field too.

Event: Keep Yourself Mentally Healthy
As part of Book Weekend Scotland 2017, Wigtown: The Festival introduces the Keep Yourself Mentally Healthy panel to discuss our relationship with food. 1.6 million people in the UK are affected by an eating disorder, with young adults the most at risk. Are rising pressures and busy lifestyles to blame? Can social media be a curse or a comfort? Do we all eat as well as we should? Join a panel of experts and survivors discussing their own stories, with advice on how we all can have a healthier mind and a better relationship with our food.

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Petko Marinov

Petko Marinov
I was born and raised in Varna, Bulgaria on the Black Sea coast. I studied German and English at First Language School and then Psychology at the University of Glasgow. Since coming to Scotland in 2010, I've enjoyed volunteering for Oxfam, Children's Hospice Association Scotland, and now the Scottish Episcopal Church. A day would be wasted if I don’t spend some time reading a good book or walking around Maybole, foraging wild fruit for preserves. I also dabble in photography and writing, currently developing an event for Book Week Scotland. I enjoy cooking Eastern European and Middle Eastern food. I tend to a vegetable allotment, as well as several gardens.

Event: Prayers on a Postcard
At the turn of the millennium, Rosslyn Chapel asked the world to send them prayers. The following flood of hopes, fears, dreams, failures and successes was an overwhelming surprise. Prayers on a Postcard would like to embrace that same cathartic passion and explore the connection between spirituality, creative writing and snail mail and how they can help our mental wellbeing.

Aimee Buchanan

Aimee Buchanan
Aimee is currently a student at the University of Glasgow where she is studying Theatre and Film.

Event: In partnership with Student Theatre at Glasgow, local script writer and poet Cat Hepburn will be leading a workshop on dramatic writing and creating stories that look at contemporary social issues on screen, followed by a Q&A about working in the Scottish television industry as a script writer.


 

Alice Carr

Alice Carr
Alice is currently completing a masters in Gender and Culture at the University of Edinburgh, where her research focuses on representations of girlhood in contemporary fiction.

Event: Let Them Eat Cake
A zine workshop on body positivity for women and non binary people.




 

Danny Leyland

Danny Leyland
I graduated from the Edinburgh College of Art in 2016 by which time I’d exhibited in Oxford, London, Thiruvananthapuram, and Edinburgh. During the 2016 Degree Show I was selected for the RSA: New Contemporaries exhibition, for which I presented a wholly new body of work in February 2017. I was offered a graduate-bursary studio at St. Margaret's House by Edinburgh Palette. Currently I work as part of Cave Collective with the sculptor Connie Hurley. We’re among Rhythm Machine’s 2017 resident artists. I volunteer at the Scottish Poetry Library, and for the Traditional Cosmology Society for whom I’m the programme coordinator.

Event: Wrap Around
Showcasing the work of emerging artists Joseph Glover & Fred Spoilar, Mina Heydari & Francis Dosoo, and Cora James, who are to present three new artist books. The actual form of the event, its mix of workshop, discussion, exhibition, sound, and visuals, has been curated to reflect the texture and pleasure of reading an artist book. December 2nd at the Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh.

Ryan Howe

Ryan Howe

Ryan Howe could see great trees growing from the faces of the tenements in Maryhill where he grew up, and he wanted to grow like one too, so he wrote some words and music that he liked. He wanted to know how to grow like these trees and the ones that grow between the pages of his favourite books, and that plant little saplings in his head. So now he studies English Literature, at the Open University, to find out how to grow.

Event: Alan Riach and Billy Letford have very different stories of how they each came to be writers. They will share their journeys and more in this enlightening talk on liberation through reading. For young aspiring writers and passionate readers alike, Alan and Billy will share how a love of reading and writing can open up a new world, no matter your origins.

Eloise Birtwhistle

Eloise Birtwhistle
Eloise Birtwhistle was born in Sheffield in 1994, but has been a proud Glasgow resident since 2012. She is interested in increasing access and diversity in literature. She volunteers as a facilitator of the Scottish Recovery Network’s ‘Write to Recovery’ programme and is a director of the non-profit Uncovered Artistry. Eloise is currently working as a tutor in Widening Participation into Higher Education. She does this alongside her MLitt in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow, where she also graduated with a First Class English Literature degree in 2016.

Event: Uncovered Voices
An evening displaying work written by the survivors of sexual and domestic abuse who attended Uncovered Artistry's 'Uncovered Voices' creative writing workshops. The first half of the night will be in the form of readings, which will then be followed by a q&a discussion about the project and how creative writing can be used in this context. http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/about/events/uncovered-voices

Jamie Livingstone

Jamie Livingstone
I am part of a writing group called Wurdplay that put on events to do with reading and writing. In recent years I have taken (some say descended into delusional addiction) to gardening. I have tried with all my will to pursue the old style. That is to say I have let it grow out wild. This has been met with considerable defiance by pesky neighbours and their treacherous modern attitudes and machines

Event: Ever wanted to write rap or make beats? Aye? Well then come along to this free hip-hop workshop featuring Scottish rapper and writer, Loki. Try different writing techniques create your own raps and produce your own beats with producers Blackboxx (Slime Records) and Acidtone.

Nyla Ahmad

Nyla Ahmad
Nyla is the chair of the Scottish Independent Comic Book Awards. She also works as the public engagement officer for independent comics publisher BHP Comics. She is currently studying for an Mphil degree focusing on South Asian and Muslim representation in comics. When she is not reading or drinking too much tea, she plays bass for Glasgow punk band, Joyce Delaney.

Event: As part of Book Week Scotland, join Collect:if members as they discuss women of colour in literature, breaking into the industry and creating their works. Collect:if member Nyla Ahmad will interview Safina Mazhar, writer of the Power of Four series. To open the event, we will have readings from young women of colour at the beginning stages of their journey into literature.