Queer Words Project Scotland is delighted to announce the five emerging writers who will be mentored to publication by some of Scotland’s most prominent queer authors, poets and playwrights.
April Hill, Christina Neuwirth, Eris Young, and Etzali Hernández will be mentored by Rachel Plummer, Shane Strachan, Kirsty Logan, and Harry Giles. Another writer, to be mentored by Jo Clifford, has requested anonymity.
We were over the moon with the reaction to the call for mentees, and the standard was incredibly high. Choosing a shortlist from so many outstanding applications was a tough decision - so tough that we even ended up adding another mentor! We're delighted to welcome Rachel Plummer on board the QWPS team. The writers will each receive two sessions with their mentor, working on a piece of writing which will be featured in an anthology of new queer Scottish writing published by 404 Ink in 2019.
The call out also discovered new writing from Felicity Anderson-Nathan, Elaine Gallagher, BD Owens and Jay G Ying, whose work will be published in the anthology.
A second call out seeking submissions for the anthology will be released later in the year.
My name is April Hill and I’m a half-Chinese and half-British lesbian student studying English Literature. The kind of poetry I love the most is that which fully appreciates the aestheticism of language and leans on imagery and metaphor to convey its ideas, which is why so much of my poetry centres around specific visuals – I tend to get particularly obsessed with colours and nature. Perhaps the latter comes from the fervent fondness my parents have always had for hiking, and the endless weekends I consequently spent in the quiet company of mountains growing up – the kind of quiet company that becomes an instant recipe for creating a poet when combined with teenage angst. As for novels, my favourites often tend to be romances, and that probably speaks for itself.
April Hill will be mentored by Rachel Plummer.
Christina Neuwirth was born in Austria and now lives in Edinburgh. She has written, produced and directed short films, performed at the Scottish International Storytelling Festival, and dabbled in music production. Her short fiction has been published in Gutter and 404 Ink, and her non-fiction can be found on CommonSpace, The Dangerous Women Project, an most recently in Nasty Women (404 Ink, 2017) and Marbles Mag. Christina’s novella Amphibian was shortlisted for the 2016 Novella Award. She is currently working on her first novel and pursuing a PhD at the University of Stirling, research gender equality in contemporary writing and publishing in Scotland. You can find her on Twitter at @gwynn255
Christina Neuwirth will be mentored by Shane Strachan.
Eris Young is a queer writer from Southern California who moved to Edinburgh for the literary scene and, apparently, the damp. Their fiction has been published in Scrutiny Journal, Bewildering Stories and Esoterica, and their articles and essays have appeared in Marbles, Beyond the Binary, DIVA and the Scottish Book Trust's Advice for Writers series.
Eris Young will be mentored by Kirsty Logan
nonbinary fierce femme.
co-founder of Ubuntu Women Shelter,
meeting the accommodation needs of women with no recourse to public funds,
the Unity Centre and We Will Rise,
both groups actively resisting the racist immigration system in the uk through practical support and solidarity.
in the past, i have been involved with LGBT Unity and free pride.
i use poetry to document my anger and resistance.
my life is poetry,
a good way to express lived experiences and the way politics are entangled in it.
when I'm not writing,
i'm a full stack junior developer, a graphic designer, a friend, a lover,
i love pandas, emojis and giphys 💖
i'm a ♎️ with ♐️ ascendant and ♊️ moon
Etzali Hernández will be mentored by Harry Giles.