Creative writing teacher visits

Angus Writers’ Circle welcomed Eddie Small, who teaches creative writing and performance writing at the University of Dundee, to their meeting this month.

Mr Small had been invited to talk about writing creative non-fiction.

He began by telling the group that non-fiction writing is the nicest in the world. It is very much to order.”

He explained that when you are writing about real people you have to get close to your subject. That means researching all sources until you become absorbed in the person’s life.

He told members that he had been asked to write a biography of Mary Lily Walker, the “Forgotten visionary of Dundee” and how he researched her life from her birth certificate, find, her parents’ marriage certificate, census information and local postal directories.

Circle president David Wren thanked the guest speaker for giving members such an interesting talk on the vast amount of material available to researchers, and the way it is handled by writers.

The group meets on the first and third Wednesday of every month from 7.30-10 p.m. in the Rosely Hotel, Arbroath.