Board of Directors
Director since 2008; Chair since 2009
Worked and travelled in Africa for ten years (development and journalism) before starting new life in the Highlands (community, arts and cultural development). Became involved with Northwords while working as a Highland Council cultural officer. When made redundant embarked on full time study (BA Scottish Cultural Studies) and became closely involved with Evanton Community Wood, currently my principal activity. Gaelic learner.
Director since 2008
Valerie Beattie came to Scotland to study at Edinburgh University and moved to the Scottish Highlands to work with the University of the Highlands and Islands. During her time here she developed the university's first undergraduate Literature degree and has been managing the Cultural and Creative Industries curriculum in Inverness College UHI for the past 5 years. Passionate about literature and the arts, she had a book draft accepted for publication…just waiting for the time to write it now.
Director since 2017
Peter is a retired secondary school teacher who was born in Yorkshire, moved to Glasgow in 1963 and to the Highlands in 1985. He has written numerous plays for both adult and youth theatre groups and had plays performed by both professional and community theatre companies. Peter has also had poetry published in various publications and anthologies, including the very first edition of Northwords. He now teaches a weekly Creative Writing course at Eden Court Theatre, Inverness.
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 pamphlet is Blue Pearl (New Directions, 2017).
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 www.uksherka.com.
We are grateful to Ann Yule (Founder director), Stewart Lackie (Director until 2015), Anne Macleod (Director from 2015 to 2018) and Kristin Pedroja (Director from 2010 to 2018) .