Council Member Details

Name:

Marc R. Sherland

Title:

President

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Humanist, performance poet, writer and folklorist, with stories, poems and factual articles in print.

Elected President of the Scottish Association of Writers in 2013, having served as Secretary 2007-13. In 2005 Elected Chairperson of the Federation of Writers (Scotland), when he resigned as Chair he became Ambassador in 2010. Convenor of the Workers Educational Association in Scotland since election in 2013. Chairperson of the Larkfield Community Centre in Glasgow and Coordinator of 'Glasgoes Poetic Festival' from 2011 - 15.

Facilitator of Larkfield Writers’ Group, the Glasgow Writing Group in the Gallery of Modern Art Library and the Tron Theatre based Word Factory.

Marc jointly won the national 2006, ‘Glasgow 2020’ competition & in 2009, Maggie Craig, acclaimed novelist, awarded his short story, ‘Tha Diel’s Merck’ 1st place in the Castles in the Air competition run by the Scottish Association of Writers, a story entirely written in Doric Scots. A Burnsian Marc gives talks on the life and loves of Robert Burns.

Tutor for the Workers’ Educational Association he concluded a series of sessions with Maryhill Writers’ Group, devising a reflective course, commemorating the abolition of the slave trade. The anthology commissioned “Reforging Broken Links” went to a 2nd print run so it might be distributed to delegates at the WEA International Conference. He has also worked on remembrance material with a group in Clydebank all of whom were affected by strokes. Through this project he developed a package for recording individual life stories.

In the Write Attitude Group, Marc facilitated creative writing sessions for the organisation Positive Mental Attitudes, encouraging people previously challenged by health and emotional issues. From 2010 - 14 he helped them promote exhibition and performance opportunities through the annual Headspace event staged at The Bridge in Easterhouse.

In 2012 he was invited to address inmates of HMP Dumfries in sessions on writing. He has since joined Scottish Prison Arts Network (SPAN).

He travels to writing groups as visiting tutor and delivers tailor made workshop sessions.

 

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