Gillian Shirreffs


Gillian can be contacted through Playwrights' Studio



Playwrights' Studio

Former Mentored Playwright

Gillian Shirreffs

Gillian is a Former Mentored Playwright for the 2015 Mentoring Programme.

She grew up beneath the Campsie Hills in the 1970s and then studied English at Glasgow University before embarking on a business career that led her to live and work in the US and mainland Europe. After more than a decade, thanks to a passion for literature and her love of voluntary youth work, she retrained as an English teacher.

After being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2007, Gillian began writing as a way to explore the odd world of illness into which she had been thrust (and to fill extended periods of bed rest).

She recently graduated with an MLitt in Creative Writing from Glasgow University, during which she ran a successful letter-writing project that encouraged non-writers to write and gave them the space to tell their own MS diagnosis stories. This culminated in an exhibition, Step Inside MS, which was held in South Lanarkshire libraries during the summer of 2014 and in the Scottish Parliament in November 2014.

Photograph by Alan McCredie

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