Orkney Writers' Course Personnel

Pamela Beasant
Course Director and Tutor

Pamela lives in Stromness, Orkney. She has been published widely as a poet and a non-fiction writer, with three scripts  commissioned by and performed at St Magnus International Festival, including Long Strides in 2013, a play celebrating Orcadian Arctic explorer John Rae. Her poetry collection, Running with a Snow Leopard, was published by Two Ravens Press in 2008. Pamela was the first George Mackay Brown Writing Fellow in 2007 and the Scottish Poetry Library’s Poet Partner in Orkney from 2008-10. She has been director of the Orkney Writers’ Course since its first year in 2011.


Jen Hadfield

Jen has published two collections of poetry with Bloodaxe Books. Her second, Nigh-No-Place, was shortlisted for the Forward Prize in 2007 and won the T.S. Eliot Prize for poetry in 2008. Her third, Byssus,was published with Picador in early 2014. She lives in Shetland, and blogs intermittently at rogueseeds.blogspot.com


Jackie Kay
Festival Poet

Jackie Kay, MBE, is Chancellor of the University of Salford and Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University. She is currently Scotland’s Makar.    

Jackie Kay was born and brought up in Scotland. Her list of literary awards also includes the Guardian Fiction Award for her novel, Trumpet. Red Dust Road (Picador) won the Scottish Book of the Year Award and the London Book Award. Other honours include a Saltire prize, a Scottish Arts Council Prize and shortlisting for the IMPAC awards.

Fiere, her most recent collection of poems, was shortlisted for the Costa award. Jackie has written extensively for stage and television, and has picked up yet more awards for short stories and books for children. She was made a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2002 and is currently working on her next novel, Bystander. 

Steven Osborne interviewed in VAN magazine

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