Anita John


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Playwrights' Studio

Scottish Borders Playwriting Programme

Anita John

Anita is an emerging playwright, published poet and fiction writer and also an experienced creative writing tutor.

In January 2018 an extract from her play, Amy's Dilemma was performed, script in hand, at TalkFest, MacArts, Galashiels as part of the Scottish Borders Playwriting Programme with Playwrights' Studio Scotland. Also in 2018 her first 30 minute play, First Steps was highly commended as part of the Brief Encounters Project, a playwriting opportunity with Treading the Borders Theatre Company in partnership with Scot Rail.

In 2016 a clip from her script for the National Theatre of Scotland's Yes, No, Don't Know Five Minute Theatre Show was included in the TV documentary The National Theatre of Scotland: A Dramatic Decade, screened on BBC Two.

Her scripts for the historical community play Pentlands at War  contributed to her being selected for the TAPS Nations and Regions Showcase course where she benefited from advice from industry professionals Diane Culverhouse and Bill Lyons.

Anita's poetry and prose has been published widely online, in anthologies, magazines and newspapers including The Scotsman, MsLexia, Aesthetica, Gutter, Northwords Now, the Eildon Tree, Scottish PENnings and Zoomorphic, among others.

In 2013 Child's Eye, her debut collection of short stories and poems, was published by Biscuit Publishing after winning the 2012 Biscuit International Short Stories and Flash Fiction competition. In 2013 she was selected as a Borders Showcase Poet by the Scottish Poetry Library and CABN.

She has been Writer in Residence for RSPB Scotland Loch Leven since 2017, has an MSc in Creative Writing from Edinburgh University and is a Live Literature Scotland Author.

Photograph by Alwyn Johnston

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