Glasgow, 9 October 2008 (embargoed until 18:30):
Former shipyard worker and educational psychologist Billy Bonar of Glasgow was
declared winner of the Best of words 2008 writing competition at Waterstones in
Sauchiehall Street tonight. His poem Real Writing (in Residence), composed during
the words 2008 exhibition at the Mitchell Library last month, beat a wealth of other
entries to the winning slot and features a Hollywood scriptwriter whose props include
a bottle of bourbon and a pack of Lucky Strikes. Fittingly Billy receives a bottle of Isle
of Jura Superstition malt whisky as his prize. His winning entry will also appear on
the Isle of Jura distillery website.
words 2008 was a new interactive writing exhibition held at the Mitchell Library
between 9 and 11 September. Organised by Lucy Adams, Susan Kemp and Fiona
Rintoul of the Edwin Morgan Centre for Creative Writing at Glasgow University and
the public artist Nicola Atkinson, it sought both to promote new literary talent in
Scotland and to engage a wide range of people with contemporary writing.
“We were very impressed with the standard of work submitted for the competition
and really pleased that four out of six of the short-listed entries came from members
of the wider community who had participated in the workshops,” said Fiona Rintoul.
“We wanted to involve as wide a cross-section of the public as possible with the
creative process. Writers were on hand to share the skills they’d learned on the MLitt
course through a series of prose and poetry workshops, readings and writer-inresidence
slots. It took the normally solitary process of writing out into the public
domain,” she added.
The other short-listed writers are: Mary Paulson-Ellis, Christine Byrne, Felicity
Parsons, Ingrid Lees and Amanda Ferguson who will have their work posted on the
words 2008 website.
The exhibition featured a half-hour film about new writers directed and produced by
former BBC producer Susan Kemp. There was a reading room with an extensive
collection of as yet unpublished work by new writers on the Glasgow University MLitt,
a writing room where members of the public could pen a poem or piece of prose and
either pin it up on the noticeboard or enter it in the
Contact: Lucy Adams
Phone: 07909 926043