Writing Fellow 2007
Pam Beasant was born and brought up in Glasgow. She studied English at Oxford University then worked at Usborne Publishing in London before moving to Orkney in 1986. Since then, she has worked freelance as a writer and editor.
Pam has been widely published as a poet in magazines and anthologies, including Chapman and New Writing Scotland. Her first pamphlet collection, On Orkney was published by Galdragon Press in 1991. In 2006 her first play, A Hamnavoe Man, based on the life and writing of George Mackay Brown, was commissioned by the St Magnus Festival and performed in the streets and closes of Stromness.
During her year as the George Mackay Brown Creative Writing Fellow, her biographical study Stanley Cursiter, a Life of the Artist, was published; her first full poetry collection, Running with a Snow Leopard, was accepted for publication by Two Ravens Press; and she worked on a novel. She compiled and edited A New Orkney Anthology, a collection of poetry and prose by writers in Orkney.
Of her year as Fellowship holder Pam said:
It was a remarkable and exciting opportunity to commemorate GMB’s literary legacy, while promoting new and innovative writing within the islands and beyond. The scope of the Fellowship is wide open, and the projects completed in 2007 were hopefully the tip of the iceberg in terms of opportunities for creative writing and collaboration across the arts. It’s gratifying that the Fellowship has put down firm roots, and grown to become a permanent focus for literary activity in the north-east.