The Scottish Contemporary Writers Series was a project intended to benefit Creative Writing students in the Literature and Languages Division at the University of Stirling by bringing writers with links to the University or the local area to give public readings from their work. A total of four events were organised with the money awarded which were all well attended:
- The first, on Thursday 5 March 2015, saw Alan Bissett (Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Writer of the Year 2011) revisit his old department and read from his Collected Plays (pictured above).
- Then there was a reading from another former undergraduate, Kirsty Logan, on Thursday 26 March 2015, during which she read from her short story collection The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales and also gave a sneak preview of her new novel The Gracekeepers.
- On Thursday 2 April 2015, Stirling-born poet Billy Letford performed poems from his debut collection Bevel and also treated the audience to some new poems inspired by his recent experiences travelling the world.
- Finally, on Thursday 9 April 2015, a few MLitt in Creative Writing students took to the stage to read from their own works-in-progress, with Anita Govan compering and music from the Precious Penny Pluckers.
The series allowed the Division to celebrate creative writing at the University, past and present, and show the opportunities for progression in the field from undergraduate level through to postgraduate and then on into publication and the wider literary world. The quality of writing emerging from Stirling, as demonstrated by both alumni and the current MLitt students, is superb and these events were the perfect opportunity to showcase that talent.