What's Your Story? 2018 Mentors
As part of their exploration of literary culture, our seven 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, but they had to be interested in the creative form they chose, willing to learn more, and ready to create their own work. What’s Your Story? then approached six professionals working in the areas that they wished to explore and established mentoring partnerships for each young writer/illustrator that began during the retreat to wintry Moniack Mhor.
The What’s Your Story? mentors will be working 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 will produce their own completed piece of creative work which will be debuted in Autumn 2018 in a bespoke showcase event
Lari Don is a children’s author and storyteller. Almost everything she writes – picture books, adventure novels, a teen thriller, collections of myths and legends – is inspired by her fascination with traditional tales. She loves retelling the old stories, borrowing magic and monsters from them, and questioning them to create new fiction. Lari regularly visits schools and libraries to share stories and to encourage young people to explore their imaginations. Lari’s books include The Treasure of the Loch Ness Monster, The Spelllchasers trilogy, MindBlind and Girls, Goddesses & Giants.
More info: Lari's website Twitter: @LariDonWriter
Tom Humberstone is an award-winning comic artist and illustrator. He produced the weekly political comic In The Frame for the New Statesman for over three years, and continues to produce non-fiction comics for The Nib, Buzzfeed, Vox and Cartoon Movement. His other comic work has featured in the Eisner-nominated Nelson, Phonogram, and Doctor Who.
Tom has also self-published his own comics as well as the critically acclaimed UK comics anthology Solipsistic Pop which he created, edited and designed. He is also the co-editor of Over The Line: An Introduction To Poetry Comics with Chrissy Williams.
Alongside his comic work, Tom also works as an illustrator. Among his clients are the BBC, Buzzfeed, The Guardian, Vice, Wired, Little White Lies and many more. You can check out his website, follow him on Twitter or head over to his Instagram.
Originally from sunny California, Laura Lam now lives in cloudy Scotland. Lam is the author of BBC Radio 2 Book Club section False Hearts, the companion novel Shattered Minds, as well as the award-winning Micah Grey series Pantomime, Shadowplay, and Masquerade. Her short fiction and essays have also appeared in anthologies such as Nasty Women, Solaris Rising 3, Cranky Ladies of History, and more. She lectures part-time at Napier University in Edinburgh on the Creative Writing MA.
Bidh Alison Lang a’ sgrìobhadh ficsean agus dràma sa Ghàidhlig agus sa Bheurla. Tha i air còig leabhraichean ficsean fhoillseachadh, agus bha i na deasaiche air an t-sreath nobhaileagan Lasag le Sandstone Press. Is e an nobhail as ùire aice Am Balach Beag a dh’Èisteadh aig Dorsan, fhoillsichte le Luath Press. Chaidh an obair-dràma aice a thaisbeanadh le Theatar Nàiseanta na h-Alba agus BBC ALBA, agus tha i na ball den bhòrd aig Theatre Gu Leòr.
Alison Lang writes fiction and drama in Gaelic and English. She has published five works of fiction, and was the editor of Sandstone Press’s Lasag novellas. Her most recent novel, Am Balach Beag a dh’Èisteadh aig Dorsan (The Little Boy who Listened at Doors), is published by Luath Press. Her drama has been produced by the National Theatre of Scotland and BBC ALBA, and she is a member of the board of Theatre Gu Leòr.
Jenny Lindsay is one of Scotland’s best known spoken word poet/ performers, and her live literature/ 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)
Jem is a comic artist and illustrator, recently moved from London to Glasgow.
They have worked as a graphic facilitator for several years, while making their fantasy webcomic The Flying Ship, a retelling of a Russian fairytale, inspired by different facets of Russian folklore. They also make a series of diary comics about love, queerness and polyamory.