What's Your Story? 2017 Participants

Chosen from fantastic applications from around Scotland, our seven participants for the What’s Your Story? Teen Development Programme 2017 had to do three things to be brought on to the programme:

  • Show us that they are passionate about creative writing and illustration.
  • Tell us why creative writing and illustration should be part of the lives of teenagers.
  • Be ready to help us create resources and opportunities, so that more young people can get engaged with Scotland’s literary culture and creative writing industries.

We’re delighted to introduce these seven writers and illustrators in their own words, below. Or, you can find out more about last year's participants.

Mentor details coming soon!


Abbie Wood Author PortraitAbbie Wood

Age: 15

Location: Oban in Argyll & Bute

Speciality: YA Novelist

Why Abbie’s here: To open other people’s eyes to writing! I wanted to prove to people what writing’s about; it’s an art, and I want to encourage people to start writing. I feel like being a teenage or young writer is viewed as a complete pipe dream and I want to show teenagers like me it’s not always impossible to do the things you love.



Angelina Conte Author PortraitAngelina Conte

Age: 15

Location: Clydebank in West Dunbartonshire

Speciality: Screenwriting

Why Angelina’s here: I thought it looked like a wonderful opportunity. What’s Your Story? just seemed very interesting, I knew I’d learn new things, develop new skills and meet new people. Thought I’d have a whale of a time, and I’m not wrong so far.



Beth Banerjee-Richards Author PortraitBeth Banerjee-Richards

Age: 17

Location: Kirkwall in Orkney Islands

Speciality: Short Stories

Why Beth’s here: I want to come out the other end feeling more confident in my skills as a writer. I also want to have an active involvement in the Scottish writing community, which I'm certain contributing to things like StoryCon will make happen.



Georgia McLellan Author PortraitGeorgia McLellan

Age: 17

Location: Kippford in Dumfries & Galloway

Specialty: Illustration

Why Georgia’s here: Coming from a rural area it is often difficult to find opportunities related to writing and illustration. I applied so that I could meet likeminded and interesting people whilst also learning more about illustration in Scotland. I hope to learn more about how a career in illustration unfolds and how I can improve and expand on my own work.



Megan McLaughlin Author PortraitMegan McLaughlin

Age: 16

Location: Inverkip in Inverclyde

Speciality: YA Novelist

Why Megan’s here: I'm hoping to gain a better understanding of my creative personality and develop the plethora of ideas roaming inside my mind. As a creative writer still in school, I feel having this opportunity to be mentored by a published author who knows the industry is an unparalleled experience that I'm really looking forward to having.




Nathan Ezra-Jackson Author PortraitNathan Ezra-Jackson

Age: 15

Location: Edinburgh

Speciality: Short Stories

Why Nathan’s here: I'm hoping to improve as a writer because there is so much to learn. I also hope to meet fellow teenagers from around Scotland who share similar interests, and just generally have a good time.




Sheena MacGregor Author PortraitSheena MacGregor

Age: 15       

Location: Edinburgh

Speciality: Gaelic Prose

Why Sheena’s here: To help expand the importance of Gaelic culture to the Scottish writing scene as well as opening a door for future Gaelic writers. I hope to be able to gain the ability to express my thoughts through writing as well as building connections across the writing scene in Scotland.