Alison Bell was the guest adjudicator at the June meeting of Angus Writers’ Circle.
In her welcoming introduction, president Heather Gourlay outlined Mrs Bell’s career as a trainee reporter on the ‘Alloa Advertiser’ before moving on to work with the ‘Northern Echo’ in Darlington. She then joined BBC Scotland as a news editor, later becoming the Scottish ‘arm’ of the BBC World Service producing programmes on a variety of topics, one of which won an American award.
More recently Alison produced her own magazine, ‘Sounding Strings’, a publication aimed at harp players of the world. She now concentrates on her musical interests as a teacher and a player, but still contributes articles to publications.
Alison told members she was pleased to accept the invitation to adjudicate the June competition, which was entitled ‘General Article.’
She began by telling members that she was expecting a journalistic approach to the competition. But when she began reading the scripts she was surprised at the many different ways members had tackled their task.
The winners were: 1 Eleanor Fordyce, ‘A Writer’s Lot’; 2 Dr Eric Yeaman, ‘Truth About Solar Panels’; 3 Thom Earle ‘A Journey to Winter Pastures’.