What's Your Story? 2016 Mentors
As part of their exploration of literary culture, our ten teenage participants were invited to select a form and genre of writing or illustration that they wanted to learn about personally. Nothing was off-limits, it only had to be important to them. What’s Your Story? then approached six professionals working in the areas that they wished to explore and established six-month mentoring partnerships for each young writer/illustrator.
The What’s Your Story? mentors worked individually with each of their mentees to develop their skills and creative practice in their chosen speciality, and to increase their understanding of the professional and creative landscape in which this work happens. With their mentor’s guidance, each teen participant produced their own completed piece of creative work which was showcased at the Young Writers Conference in June 2016.
Gerry Cambridge is a poet and editor with substantial interests in print design, typography and natural history photography. His volumes of poetry include Notes for Lighting a Fire (HappenStance Press, 2012), Aves (Essence Press, 2007)—prose poems about wild birds—and Madame Fi Fi’s Farewell and Other Poems (Luath, 2003). Since 1995 Gerry has edited The Dark Horse, a twice-yearly transatlantic poetry magazine with an international reputation. The Times Literary Supplement, reviewing Notes for Lighting a Fire, wrote: ‘[Cambridge’s] poetry has something of Robert Frost’s tone and seriousness, but rings with a deeply personal Scottish resonance all its own.’
Catriona Lexy Campbell
Catriona Lexy Campbell is from the Isle of Lewis but spent much of her life in Plockton, Lochalsh. She has worked as a theatre artist, actor and writer, primarily in her native Gaelic. She has five published novels and has written radio plays broadcast on the BBC. She was first Gaelic Associate Artist with the National Theatre of Scotland in 2011. She is an Associate Artist with Theatre Gu Leòr and her first play, Doras Dùinte, was produced by Theatre Galore and toured in 2014. Her latest novel, Cluicheadaran, was published in 2014. She is currently completing her trilogy for young adults, An t-Ionnsachadh Bòidheach (Acair) and working on a stage adaptation of her father, Tormod Caimbeul’s, novel, Shrapnel, which will tour in March 2016.
Adrian is an award-winning writer and director of film, television and radio drama. He has numerous credits for BBC, ITV, Channel 4, CBBC and international production companies and broadcasters.
Adrian regularly works in the UK and abroad as a speaker and teacher of creative writing workshops and mentors individuals and groups.
Since 2008 he has been a volunteer counsellor for the charity Childline and has full PVG disclosure.
Alex Nye is an award-winning children's author. At the age of 16 she won the W H Smith Young Writers' Award, and has been writing ever since. Her first children's novel, Chill, won Scottish Children's Book of the Year Award. Her third novel, Darker Ends, has just been released by Fledgling. She teaches and delivers workshops on creative writing, ghost stories, and Scottish history and enjoys performing before large audiences. Alex is an inspirational speaker and does a good line in atmospheric sounds and images. She also spent a year working for Barnardo's with disadvantaged teens.
Edward Ross is an Edinburgh-based comic book artist and illustrator, creator of Filmish: A Graphic Journey Through Film. Having started his comic career self-publishing, Edward knows just now accessible comics are to new creators, and how rewarding it can be to get your drawings into people’s hands. He passionately believes that comics are as powerful and beautiful a medium as any other, and that anyone with a pen and paper can - and should - make comics! He enjoys spreading his love of this amazing and diverse medium with everyone he meets. edwardross.co.uk
Catherine Simpson is a journalist, short story writer and novelist. She won an SBT New Writers Award in 2013 with her debut novel, Truestory, which was published in September 2015 by Sandstone Press. Her work has been included in anthologies and magazines and she has performed it on BBC Radio and at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Her journalism has appeared in The Telegraph, The Scotsman and The Herald among others. She has run writing workshops for Midlothian Libraries and Coastword Festival and has recently worked with Artlink Edinburgh to gather the voices of people with autism in Midlothian. catherine-simpson.co.uk
Adrian Mead author photo: George Geddes