Northwords Now

New writing, fresh from Scotland and the wider North
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Board of Directors

Valerie Beattie

Director since 2008; Chair since Spring 2020

Valerie Beattie came to Scotland to study at Edinburgh University and moved to the Highlands to work with the University of the Highlands and Islands. During her time there she developed the university's first undergraduate Literature Degree and managed the expansion of the curricula in the arts and humanities. She has a book draft accepted for publication and will finish it, one of these days.

Lesley Harrison

Director since 2017

Lesley lives on the Angus coast. In her poetry and prose she explores our instinctive responses to our 'home' environment - physical, material, linguistic, psychological. Recent projects include working with scientists and visual artists to produce a multimedia 'deep map' of the Icelandic fishing village of Skagaströnd. Her most recent poetry collection is 'Disappearance - north sea poems - ' (Shearsman 2020)

Sherry Morris

Director since 2019

Sherry is originally from America's Heartland, Missouri, but moved to London in 2000. In 2017 she moved to a farm in the Scottish Highlands where she pets cows, watches clouds and scribbles stories. She writes monologues, short stories and flash fiction which have won prizes, placed on shortlists and longlists, and have been performed in London and Scotland. Her first published short story was about her Peace Corps experience in Ukraine. She helps organise Dingwall's annual Word on the Street festival and provided administrative support on the anthology Best Microfiction 2019, edited by Meg Pokrass and Gary Finke. She tweets @Uksherka and her writing can be found on

Kirsty Gunn

Director since Spring 2020

Kirsty Gunn writes short stories, novels and essays and is published by Faber and Faber and internationally. Her work has been turned into films and dance and audio theatre and is widely anthologised. She established and directed the programme in Writing Practice and Study at the University of Dundee where she is now Research Professor, and is joint publisher, with Gail Low, of The Voyage Out Press.

Recent Directors

We are grateful to Adrian Clark (Director 2008 - early 2020; Chair 2009 - early 2020), Peter Whiteley (Director 2017-2020), Ann Yule (Founder director), Stewart Lackie (Director until 2015), Anne Macleod (Director from 2015 to 2018) and Kristin Pedroja (Director from 2010 to 2018) .

The Board and Editor of Northwords Now acknowledge support from Creative Scotland and Bòrd na Gàidhlig.
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