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Author and Artist Links


Ian Hunter

Welcome to the website of Scottish writer Ian Hunter.

Hello, welcome, stay for a bit, and while you are here, you'll find some of my stories, poems, and extracts from my three children's novels: The Dark Knight's Blade, Lipstick Lass, and The Magic Mousehole, as well as the exploits of Roam Belanger, albino vampire, and 'The Now'  - what I'm reading, watching and listening to right now.


G.W. Colkitto

G.W. Colkitto invites you to the world of SEBASTIAN SYMES - Victorian Detective

Discover the world of Sebastian Symes and Major Ritson, contemporaries of

Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson.



Pauline Vallance

I play flute, clarsach, sing and write songs. I have played classical and folk flute for years and performed in good time band, The Roaring Marys. I play regularly with Danny Award winning singer, Eilidh Grant, performing backing vocals and flute, appearing at Celtic Connections, Linlithgow Folk Festival and Glenfarg Folk Festival, to name a few. We have supported such luminaries as Ralph McTell and The McCalmans. I have recently taken up the clarsach, which has inspired me to write my own songs. Recent appearances include the Glasgow and District Burns Association Burns service in Glasgow Cathedral, a wedding at Cromlix House on Valentine's Day and a prizewinning performance at the Glasgow Songwright Festival 2009, with the song 'This Working Life'. I perform my own songs, arrangements of Scottish and Irish traditional songs and a variety of others, including Dylan and am available for gigs, Burns' Nights, weddings and functions.

Jim Murdoch

In his blog The Truth About Lies, Scottish author Jim Murdoch discusses writing, his own and other authors, and muses at length about his fascination with the perversity of the English language. Veering from the nostalgic to the acerbic his blog will amuse anyone with a love of language.  Also included is a lonk to his website

Keith Armstrong

Keith Armstrong, now residing in the seaside town of Whitley Bay, is coordinator of the Northern Voices creative writing and community publishing project which specialises in recording the experiences of people in the North East of England. He was founder of Ostrich poetry magazine, Poetry North East, Tyneside Writers' Workshop, Tyneside Poets, East Durham Writers' Workshop, Tyneside Trade Unionists for Socialist Arts, Tyneside Street Press and the Strong Words and Durham Voices community publishing series. He has recently compiled and edited books on the Durham Miners Gala and on the former mining communities of County Durham and the market town of Hexham. He has been a self-employed writer since 1986 and has just been awarded a doctorate for his work on Newcastle writer Jack Common at the University of Durham where he received a BA Honours Degree in Sociology in 1995 and Masters Degree in 1998 for his studies on regional culture in the North East of England. He was Year of the Artist 2000 poet-in-residence at Hexham Races.

Katrina Porteous

Katrina Porteous is a poet, historian and broadcaster. Her particular interests include the inshore fishing community of the Northumberland coast, and the cultural and natural history of that area.

Katrina was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, and grew up in County Durham. She graduated from Trinity Hall, Cambridge, with a double first in History in 1982, studied at Berkeley and Harvard Universities in the USA on a Harkness Fellowship, and has lived in her grandparents’ house on the Northumberland coast, working as a freelance writer, since 1987.

Sue Reid Sexton

I am interested in the use of writing for health, as a way of understanding the self, for exploring experience, for sustaining identity and enabling the coming to terms with change. This is in addition to creative writing as art. I am interested in working with all groups but in particular those who might use groups or writing workshops for those reasons (and many more!)

I am a writer of fiction, including novels, short stories and poetry. I was also a psychotherapist and counsellor for ten years, specialising in trauma, and before that I was a social worker in homelessness and mental health for another ten years. Now I dedicate myself to writing fiction. 

I do readings and editing.

I can be contacted at or on 07799 728439


Jacqueline Smith

I'm glad you could visit. Enjoy browsing the site and leave a comment letting me know what you think.

Do email me if you have any questions about wanting my services for facilitating writing classes or teaching meditation to increase creativity and reduce performance anxiety.

I'll keep info on the Events page as I organise readings at Poetry@The Ivory.


Alan Dapre

"Feel free to explore the website of Alan DaprĂ©, freelance children's 

author and playwright. There you will find my short biography, and 

facts on how I work and what I have written. My published plays, 

storybooks, non-fiction and anthologies all feature on the site too. I 

have tips on writing for tv and radio, plus examples of my work.  I am 

always happy to do visits to schools, museums, writing groups, etc, 

and have some info about organising this. What else? Plenty more so 

come in and see - you're always welcome!"


Jean Rafferty

An award winning journalist who refused to specialise, Rafferty has excelled in the fields of feature writing, travel writing, medical journalism and sport.

She has a doctorate in creative writing from the University of Strathclyde for her novel and its accompanying critical essay.

Rafferty is a writer with unusual range. She has written long-form journalism on such dark topics as ritual abuse and rape for Guardian Weekend and the Sunday Times Magazine, yet has also provided light-hearted comment for tabloids such as the Sunday People and the Daily Record.