A taste of Doric readings from the creative writers group Stoney Scrievers
Mearns Writers was set up, over ten years ago, by Adult Literacy as a Community Learning Group. As Mearns Writers it became an independent entity which aims to foster creative writing in the Stonehaven and Mearns area and promote the group by means of meetings, workshops, publications and events. We have previously published six anthologies and have given public readings of our work as far away as Peterhead, including broadcasts on local radio. We run regular workshops with visiting authors to which groups from local secondary schools are invited.
Many of our writers are in print and a significant number have been successful in national competitions.
The Group, open to all people interested in writing, fosters literacy as well as social cohesion and interaction. This embraces a wide age range (teens to over 80 years), including non-native English speakers, those with various forms of physical disability and mental health issues as well as people interested in exploring their creativity.
This mix is important as we learn from each other’s distinctive life experiences and, in doing so, broaden our writing skills while providing mutual support.
Some of our members are skilled in writing and story-telling in the local Doric dialect and this has an important function, not only in preserving part of the local culture, but ensuring and enabling its wider use and appreciation. We have regular meetings (one in Bervie and one in Stonehaven) where there is always a high percentage of the 35+ members attending.
Event will be held in Stonehaven Library