A D Muir
At present I am studying Fine Art and Design at Glasgow School of Art with the intention of beginning a degree later this year.
Having worked full time until very recently my writing has taken a bit of a back seat but the creative juices are flowing again now!
I was a winner of the Fearie Tales Competition at the Winter Words Festival 2007 with my short story The Landlord. This story was also published in the literary magazine Northwords Now. My story Nothing to See Outside was published by Sandstone Review â€“ Online Arts Magazine.
Before this I was involved in the organisation of the Cromarty Book Festival where I read my short story â€˜Janet and Johnâ€™. This led to me being asked to take part in a number of literary projects as well as an invitation to perform â€˜The Man from the Southâ€™ accompanied by an acoustic guitarist at The Poetry CafÃ© in Covent Garden.
I use to lead a Creative Writing Group which received funding to produce an anthology. Two pieces, Shoes and Wings, were selected by the editorial committee for inclusion.
I have worked as a freelance writer, writing articles for local newspapers and features for Hi-Arts Journal and Channel 4 IDEASFACTORY.
My childhood was when I filled countless exercise books with time travel stories, ghost stories, detective stories, dodgy poems and blatantly plagiarised romances.
A D Muir in 60 seconds
When did you start writing?1975 Sandy, Bedfordshire.
What do you love about short stories?I love short stories because life is all about little bits joined together in time and short stories capture those little moments.
Do you write in other forms?I have written two novels - neither has been published. They are not very good - but I learned a huge amount through the process of writing.
What distracts you from writing?Everything!
Outside of writing, what are your other passions?Painting and drawing.
What is your favourite book?It is To Kill a Mocking Bird.
Who are your favourite writers?H E Bates, Ruth Rendell and Sarah Waters.
Where is your dream location?Italy or Spain or anywhere gloriously warm and cultured.
What one item would you put into Room 101?I can't stand intolerance!
Do you have any advice for new writers?Keep reading, keep writing. Always write without limits - create your literary cloth then put it in a drawer, forget about it for a while, then open, the drawer, take out the 'cloth' and tailor it until it fits.
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