The Scottish Writers’ Centre is managed overall by a Board of Directors, writers who volunteer their time to provide governance and strategic direction.

The current Board is:

Charlie Gracie
Chair

Charlie Gracie

Charlie Gracie is originally from Baillieston, Glasgow.

His two poetry collections, Good Morning (2010) and Tales from the Dartry Mountains (2020), were published by Diehard Press.

His first novel, To Live With What You Are, (2019) was published by Postbox Press and long-listed for Bath Novel Award.

He now lives on the edge of the Trossachs.

Christie Williamson
Treasurer

Christie Williamson

Christie Williamson is a poet based in Glasgow, where he runs Tell it Slant Bookshop.

He is Scots Poetry Editor of Tapsalteerie press and enjoys reading his work whether for major international festivals or small local groups.

His first collection, "Oo an Feddirs" was published by Luath Press in 2015 and his second, "Doors tae Naewye" is expected early 2020. He comes fae Yell.

Laura Fyfe
Board Member

Laura Fyfe

Award-winning writer Laura Fyfe lives in Stirling and suffers from a chronic low boredom threshold.

She designs app-books, writes poetry, fiction and non-fiction and facilitates writing workshops and communities.

Her non-fiction books Wellspring and Magpie Mind draw on her experience of helping writers defeat procrastination and live more creative lives.

David Manderson
Board Member

David Manderson

David is on his second stint as a director of the centre, a decade after the first. Since then he’s published one novel, a co-authored book of polemic, quite a lot of dry academic stuff and some poems.

He was a Robert Louis Stevenson writing fellow in 2017.

He has two new novels in draft and is writing a book of non-fiction about Scottish novelist and screenwriter, Alan Sharp. The Antihero’s Journey is scheduled for publication in 2020.

Derek Parkes
Board Member

Derek Parkes

Former chair of the SWC, Derek moved to Glasgow from London in 2003. A reformed short story writer, he discovered a penchant for poetry after accidentally joining Donny O’Rourke’s writing class, for whom he self-published an anthology. He co-ran ‘Poetry at the Ivory’ until the money ran out and created a one-man show celebrating Spike Milligan. His first pamphlet ‘Cherry Blossom’ was published by Red Squirrel in 2019.
Nalini Paul
Board Member

Nalini Paul

Nalini Paul’s poetry is inspired by natural landscapes, walks and memory. She was a recipient of the George Mackay Brown and Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowships and shortlisted for the Callum Macdonald Award. Since December 2019 Nalini has been working with Enough! Scotland on an artistic response to climate change, She works as a lecturer at The Glasgow School of Art. www.nalinipaul.com
Eveline Pye
Board Member

Eveline Pye

Eveline Pye has an international reputation for mathematical and scientific poetry. Her collection, Smoke That Thunders, was published by Mariscat Press (2015) and, from it, the poem Mosi-Oa-Tunya was chosen for the 20 Best Scottish Poems of that Year. Her next collection, STEAM, will be published by Red Squirrel Press.
Rosie Ann Fraser RItchie
Board Member

Rose Ann Ritchie

Rose Ann Fraser Ritchie is a Scottish poet and a Director and Lead of the Steering Group of the Scottish Writers' Centre. Rose's main task is supporting SWC project managers for events.

Rose rediscovered poetry and spoken word in 2010 at Inky Fingers in Edinburgh, writing a poem every day after a critical illness in 2013 is her way of loving and valuing her life, being happy with the simple every day things in life.

Lesley Traynor - SWC Board Member
Board Member

Lesley Traynor

Sheila Wakefield
Board Member

Sheila Wakefield

Sheila Wakefield is a poet, editor and publisher, she founded Red Squirrel Press in April 2006, Postbox Press (literary fiction imprint) in 2015 and launched Postbox - Scotland’s International Short Story Magazine in 2019. She holds an MA in Creative Writing, her pamphlet, Limerance, (Talking Pen) was published in 2012.

A Steering Group is formed of a number of the directors and other volunteers: this manages our programme of events and manages other activities related to the Scottish Writers’ Centre’s work. Alongside board members, we have the valued support of Mark Cunningham and Claire Kennedy.

Our workstreams are managed by Board members, with the support of Steering Group members and others.

Read more about the current workstreams in the Scottish Writers’ Centre.

Read more about the governance and the structure of the Scottish Writers’ Centre.

Our patrons are: Ron Butlin, Margaret Elphinstone, Rodge Glass, Liz Lochhead and Aonghas MacNeacail.