The Business of Writing - Birnam

Updated: Apr 24, 2019

Sunday 28th April 2019, 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Birnam Arts Centre


Are you an author, writer, publisher or content creator? Would you like to find out more about effectively running a business based on the written word ? Come along to this event facilitated jointly by GrowBiz and Cultural Enterprise Office to meet Keith Charters and Dylan Gibson.

Keith has an established writing and publishing career as:

We will cover:

  • Self-publishing as a way of understanding commercial publishing (and because it’s the right/only choice for some, especially poets).

  • Where all the money goes and how much of it an author is likely to get

  • Approaching publishers

  • Intellectual property

  • Different forms of printing and their pros & cons

  • The role of funders (particularly Creative Scotland) 

Dylan Gibson’s artworks have appeared in national and international advertising campaigns, providing educational illustration, editorial artwork for magazines and newspapers, conceptual work for marketing and storyboards.


Dylan illustrates picture books and illustrated stories for older children and reluctant readers and has produced artwork for dozens of books and many more covers. Working with small, independent and large publishers.  

He believes the key to doing great illustration is working and communicating with the client to create dynamic and beautiful artwork that get the most from your brief or tells the story best.

Marion Duffy, local author from Dundee and now based in Meigle in Perthshire, is one half of the writing partnership Mirren Jones.  With her co-author Dr Elaine Atkins, she has had four books published – 2 non-fiction textbooks based on facilitation and group-work in the NHS, and 2 novels ‘Eight of Cups’ and ‘Never Do Harm’.   She has experience of mainstream publishing, full control self-publishing and publishing via Amazon, both Kindle and paperback – each with its own challenges and rewards.  

Marion retired in 2015 after a rich and varied working life both in the UK and abroad, in teaching, management and research, the last 20 years of which were spent in the world of the NHS.

Next on her agenda, is a novel based on her family history, her great grandfather having jumped ship in New York in 1881 and gone on to establish a famous bakery business in Dundee on his return in 1898.

There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion with all the presenters.