Alford author receives New Writers Award

Gillian Shearer, a writer and poet from Alford has received a New Writers Award.

Thursday, 4th February 2021, 6:51 am
Author Gillian Shearer

She initially trained as a nurse and worked in the NHS for several years before studying English Literature at Aberdeen University as a mature student. She then went on to take a PGDE in Secondary education and a MLitt in Creative Writing. Her work has appeared in Southlight, Causeway/Cabhsair, Lallans and Northwords Now.

Gillian is currently working on a novel based on the life of the Welsh war poet Alun Lewis as well as a collection of fictional/semi-autobiographical stories based in and around the north east coast of Scotland written in her native Scots.

Gillian said: “I still can’t believe it! I’m so honoured to be selected for a New Writers Award. To move that bit closer to completing my novel with the support of Scottish Book Trust is a dream come true.”

Each of the 11 recipients will receive a £2,000 cash award and support tailored to their needs including mentoring from writers and industry professionals, training opportunities, and the platform to showcase their work to publishers and agents.

Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, said: “In uncertain times, it is more important than ever to celebrate and discover new writers in Scotland. Working within COVID restrictions, Scottish Book Trust will support the awardees through online training, workshops and mentoring. As always, the standard of the applications were very high and we look forward to future publications from this group.”