Performance and Presentation 2017

Performance and Presentation training is now fully booked.

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Do you want to make more of your readings and events? Would you like to engage better with your audience? Are you terrified of reading in front of people?

Performance and Presentation training is designed to help writers bring their work to life, perform better and overcome nerves. In previous courses, writers with years of event experience have benefited, as well as those who are new to taking the stage.

There are a limited number of spaces available on the training course for published writers to work alongside our New Writers Awardees. The training is free of charge and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis to eligible writers.

The training will consist of two workshops, one led by Alex Gillon and the other by Jenny Lindsay. The group will get a chance to do both workshops over the course of the day.


The Course Leaders

Alex Gillon is a professional voice coach who has worked extensively in theatre, television and film with many leading actors and directors. For a number of years, she was a visiting lecturer in voice on the undergraduate drama course at Queen Margaret University. Following voice training at Central School of Speech and Drama, she studied the Estill Model of Voice Craft. This in-depth study of language and speech, physiology, phonetics and dialects greatly informs her practice. As an acknowledged specialist in her field, Alex uses her expertise to coach actors and performers in voice and accents/dialects. She now also works with a range of business clients on presentation and vocal communication. She has worked with Scottish Book Trust for over nine years.

Alex’s workshop will help writers develop a specific reading for performance. This workshop will involve reading in front of the group and getting detailed individual feedback from the course leader.

Jenny Lindsay regularly performs all over Scotland and beyond with a blend of dry humour, social commentary and story-telling. She has been variously described as “a distinctive voice, full of fire and passion,” (Scottish Review of Books), as writing “poems of confidence and substance,” (Poetry Scotland) and as “full of hope, humanity and humour.” (Andrew Eaton-Lewis, The Scotsman). She was the ‘Rally’ of acclaimed literary cabaret Rally & Broad (2012–2016) and was the BBC Slam Champion in 2012. Her 2015 debut solo show, Ire & Salt, which explored power, artistic autonomy and empowerment, received a 4-star review from The Scotsman, with Gutter Magazine saying “Lindsay’s approach is defiant – belligerent even – taking to the stage as if staging a coup… Her coup is real: for a politically-rooted self-expression that many would doubtless prefer mute.” Her new spoken word project Flint & Pitch Productions launched in August 2016.

Jenny’s workshop will help writers build their confidence and get some expert tips and advice for performing in front of an audience. This workshop will also give the writers some time and space to share and reflect on their experiences.



Performance and Presentation is open to professional writers who meet the criteria for our Live Literature Database. You do not need to be on the database to apply. 


Course details

Both course dates are now fully booked. 


What previous participants had to say:

  • ‘Really great to have input from both Alex and Jenny. Loved the combination of voice work with how to conduct yourself on stage.’

  • ‘I thoroughly enjoyed this course and took a lot out of it. Really enjoyed getting the benefit of the expertise of the two very different trainers Alex and Jenny. Very friendly and warm, and just the right amount of time. The day flew by.’

  • ‘A very friendly, supportive atmosphere and Alex and Jenny gave helpful, practical workshops. Thank you for a very useful and productive day.’

  • ‘I thought both workshops complemented each other very well and encouraged me to think of many different aspects of performance. I feel more confident about performing and I came away with a lot of good ideas on how to prepare for readings.'