Tales of Dark and Light

OxPen Authors

As part of the annual Book Week Scotland, OxPen Writers have launched their current collection of short stories and poetry.

Who are OxPen Writers?

A long-established (fifteen years and counting) creative writing group, based at the Pentland Community Centre in Edinburgh. Originally, we received Council funding, but for the last few years we’ve become – by necessity – independent and voluntary-based (courtesy of financial cuts, cuts and more cuts). Currently, we’re a core group of eight women, all fifty-plus, all with a different writing bent – poets, novelists, flash fiction and memoirists – and all at various stages of our writing careers. One of us is our nominal tutor, but none of us is any more or less a member (or writer) than any other. And we’re not a women-only group! That’s just the way it’s worked recently but fundamentally, we’re a place for any aspiring writer – age, gender, experience immaterial.

And Why ‘OxPen’?

That’s an easy one: Pentland Community Centre in based on the Oxgangs estate in South-West Edinburgh: therefore OxPen. That ‘pen’ forms part of the name is a very happy accident!

Tell us about ‘Tales of Dark and Light’

We started out with a few sessions on life-writing and using memories to create stories – fact and fiction. Each of the pieces in the book emerged from the exercises we did: some are very clearly very close to our lives, others have taken on a life of their own. Beyond that there’s no theme or intention, but the title, Tales of Dark and Light, relates both to the eclectic tones of the writing: tragedy, comedy, imagination, reflection, and to us as writers. Telling our stories makes us, the invisible women more visible. It brings us from the darkness into the light.

What’s the OxPen dream?

Funding! And a big handful of book sales. Good health. The freedom – for everyone – to write and have their stories heard and appreciated. Continued happy Thursday mornings where we put ourselves and the world to rights.

Tales of Dark and Light: Amazon.co.uk: Writers, The OxPen, Duncan, Deirdre, Hamilton, Anne, Livingstone, Irene, MacDonald, Joan, McCann, Flic, Power, Liz, Ritchie, Romy, Roy, Amanda: 9798354309573: Books

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