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The Men With Pens

"Oor Ain Toon"

This book was written in conjuction with the "Awesome Authorettes"

It was featured in an article In 'The Scotsman" on March 14/07


Throwing book at Hoodie 'myth'

By Russell Jackson

Writers from the west of Scotland have produced acclaimed collection of work aimed at dispelling myths about "hoodies".Oor Ain Toon features short stories, poetry and reflective memoirs by two groups of new writers. The collection tackles the fears of commumities concerning young people and looks at the possiblity that many worries about youth disorder and "Hoodies" Are not grounded on fact.

The project, designed to attract budding writers of all ages, saw two groups from Airdrie - Men with Pens and Awesome Authorettes - take part in tutotials before recording their thoughts and experiences. The works were results from hard-hitting to the poignant, spanning themes from love and loss, success and failure, to cruelty and kindness.

A spokesman for the project, which is backed with funding from North Lanarkshire Council and the Executive, said: "Its an imaginative attempt to cut suspicion between generations"

Menwithpens are open to new members male/female apply to chapelside centre Waddell Street Airdrie or come along on Fridays 1pm to 3pm and meet the group.


Winner: John Smith Award Scottish Adult Literature, 2005

Commended: Scottish Arts Council for contribution to literature

Moving On Jim Graham and Tommy McBride have decided to move on to pastures new. although the group are disappointed with their decision. We wish them both well in their new pastures..