Meet the What's Your Story? 2019 Mentors

The young writers and illustrators who're taking part in our What's Your Story? 2019 programme are paired up with professionals. These are the fabulous mentors who'll be working with our teens this year.


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Alex Nye

Alex Nye is an award-winning author. She grew up in Norfolk by the sea, but has lived in Scotland since 1995 where she finds much of her inspiration in Scottish history. At the age of 16 she won the W H Smith Young Writers’ Award out of 33,000 entrants, and has been writing ever since. Her first children’s novel, CHILL, won the Scottish Children’s Book of the Year Award. She also teaches and delivers workshops on creative writing/ghost stories. She graduated from King’s College, London. She has two new titles out this year with Fledgling, Arguing With the Dead, a historical novel about Mary Shelley, and When We Get to the Island... a middle-grade novel about friendship and being lost.

Alex is a Live Literature funded writer and you can find her on our database.


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Helen McClory

Helen McClory has a PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Glasgow. Her debut story collection On the Edges of Vision won the Saltire First Book of the Year Award.

Other works include a novel-in-flash, Flesh of the Peach, a second story collection, Mayhem & Death, and a collection of microfiction about Jeff Goldblum called The Goldblum Variations. She lives in Edinburgh.


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Jenny Lindsay

Jenny Lindsay is one of Scotland’s best known spoken word poets and performers, and her live literature and music organisation Flint and Pitch placed in The List Magazine's Hot 100 for 2017.

Jenny has performed across the UK and further afield at a variety of festivals and events including Latitude, the Edinburgh International Book Festival and the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival in Bali. She is the author of one full collection and two pamphlet collections of poetry, was the BBC Slam Champion in 2012 and was longlisted for the inaugural Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship in 2017. Her debut solo show, Ire & Salt (2015), gained a four star review from The Scotsman and acclaim from the Orwell Society and her second solo show, 'This Script and Other Drafts' has been described as "one of this year's most necessary spoken word performances" by The Wee Review. She is currently developing This Script for both page and stage with her second full collection due out in early 2019. "Defiant, eloquent and inspiring." (The Scotsman) "Takes to the stage as if staging a coup." (Gutter Magazine)

Jenny is a Live Literature funded writer and you can find her on our database.

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Jules Scheele

Jules Scheele is a non-binary freelance illustrator, comics artist and graphic facilitator based in Glasgow. They specialise in graphic storytelling and illustrations that help translate and bring a human touch to difficult concepts. Their recent work includes illustrations for the BBC, The Guardian, VICE, Open University, and Icon’s Graphic History book series (most notably Queer: A Graphic History and the forthcoming Gender: A Graphic Guide, written by Dr. Meg-John Barker).


Maureen MacLeodMaureen MacLeod

Rugadh agus thogadh Maureen NicLeòid ann an Eilean Leòdhais.  Bidh I a’ sgrìobhadh ficsean agus neo-fhicsean agus ‘s I a sgrìobh a’ chiad cunntas-siubhail ann an Gàidhlig, A’ toirt mo chasan leam, a thuilleadh air an nobhaileag, Banais na Bliadhna.  Dèidheil air siubhal, tha I ag obair air leabhar mu bhith coinneachadh seachdad sa h-aon a chàirdean ‘s I a’ siubhal air feadh Chanada.

Mar stiùriche telebhisean, a chuir seachad iomadach bliadhna aig a’ BhBC, ag obair air an t-sreath shoirbheachail, Eòrpa, tha Maureen air BAFTA Albannach a choisinn.


Lewis-born Maureen Macleod writes fiction and non-fiction and is the author of the first ever Gaelic travelogue, A’ toirt mo chasan leam, as well as the novella, Banais na Bliadhna. An avid traveller, she is working on a book about meeting up with seventy-one cousins as she travelled across Canada.

Maureen is a Scottish BAFTA-winning television director who spent many years working on the BBC current-affairs programme, Eorpa.



Helena Barrett-Duncan

Helena is Programme Manager for What’s Your Story?, Scottish Book Trust’s teenage writer & illustrator development programme.