• First writing group at Maggie’s Lanarkshire

    Our first expressive writing group session was on a bright sunny morning in this gorgeous building.Seven of us met to write about our origins, share our stories, and listen with heart to readings from William Stafford, among others.  We also picked a picture from a selection of cards, and then went off solo to find a spot and write about what it meant to us.

    Maggies Lanarkshire Writing group 005

    I love this building and I found my quiet spot in a wee dookit, that sits right beside the kitchen, at the centre of it. It is like a well of light that you step into with no roof- only sky straight above, with the crows flying past and almost coming into the room with you.

    The writing flowed and we chatted about anything that came up in a gentle, supportive setting.The two hours flew by quickly and I look forward to being there in the future.

    Maggies Lanarkshire Writing group 004


Born in 1958 and brought up in Blantyre in a family of seven. Moved to Glasgow in 1976 and stayed until 2012. Then I moved back to Hamilton where I had attended secondary school, for 4 years. Home is now Glasgow, again, I am a weegie through 'n through. I have two daughters, and four granddaughters who all light up my life. My experience of working with poetry, writing, reading and so on is from my childhood. One of my poems was published in a school magazine when I was 12. I am now trying to publish my first grown-up booklet of poems within the next year or so. I trained and studied to become a librarian from 1977. It was the one job I wanted since reading in Hamilton Townhouse Library in the early 1970's!I watched the staff and thought, I'd like to work here... Bibliotherapy came into my life in 2007, at Glasgow Women's Library.


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