Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

South East Scotland

Image by Jeanne Dron

What We Do

The SCBWI South East Scotland network holds regular meet-ups and teach-ins, where we swap information on writer’s craft, such as dialogue, character breakdown and plot development. We also host periodic paid workshops taught by established writers and other publishing industry professionals. Our Members’ work in progress includes everything from picture books right through to Young Adult fiction.

The SCBWI South East Scotland local network organisers are Sarah Broadley and Elizabeth Frattaroli.

“SCBWI South East Scotland is an inclusive creative network. With our Scottish members living all over the country, we have recently introduced local write-ins so that every member, regardless of where they live, can meet up with like-minded writers and illustrators in their area.”
Sarah Broadley

Joining SCBWI in the summer of 2015 was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have learnt (and continue to learn) so much about the world of children’s publishing, and doing so in such a warm and welcoming environment has been the icing on the cake. For me, SCBWI is all about mutual support and cheer-leading each other on, as is so frequently demonstrated on our various Facebook pages and Twitter feeds, and at our regular socials and critique group meetings.
Elizabeth Frattaroli


Miranda MooreKeeping her ear to the ground and her finger on the proverbial literary pulse, Miranda Moore is the SCBWI South East Scotland Competition Round-Up Guru, providing regular updates to our members on the who’s who out there and what submissions they’re looking for!

Published and agented members

For members who have an agent and/or have been published, we host regular meet ups and events tailored for you. E-mail to ensure you are on our database and distribution list.

Our Scottish Hubs:

Barbara HendersonINVERNESS/CENTRAL NORTH  – Barbara Henderson lives in Inverness and writes historical Middle Grade. She co-ordinates our Inverness hub. Contact Barbara by e-mail for more info.


ABERDEEN/NORTH EAST – Jenny Skene lives in Aberdeen and writes picture books. She co-ordinates our Aberdeenshire/North East hub. Contact Jenny by e-mail for more info.



GLASGOW/WEST OF SCOTLAND – Maisie Chan lives in Glasgow and writes Teen novels. She co-ordinates our Glasgow/West of Scotland hub. Contact Maisie by e-mail for more info.


Critique Groups:


Linda MacmillanA critique group for members working on Middle Grade texts (8 to 12 years old) in the Edinburgh area. Led by Coordinator Linda Macmillan, who lives by the sea with her husband, two children and ridiculously fluffy dog. E-mail Linda for more information.


Geoff BarkerA critique group for Middle Grade (8 to 12) writers in the Fife region. Coordinator Geoff Barker writes non-fiction books for a living, but is also engrossed in an MG comic caper of a cast of quirky characters – e-mail Geoff for more info. 


Hannah-SanguinettiA critique group for writers of picture books in the Edinburgh area. Coordinator Hannah Sanguinetti joined SCBWI in August 2016 as an unpublished (as yet…) author and illustrator. E-mail Hannah for more information.


Catherine LindowA critique group for illustrators of children’s books. Coordinator Catherine Lindow is an illustrator, painter and sometimes a writer. E-mail Catherine for further information. 



Rachel Davison

We have two Edinburgh based Young Adult critique groups for writers of fiction for teenagers and young adults. Rachel Davison and Helen MacKenzie. Rachel and Helen write YA fiction and live in Edinburgh. Between them they have been long-listed, short-listed and hold literary success in Mslexia Children’s Novel Comp, New Writers Award (2017) and Undiscovered Voices (2014) and many more. Rachel Davison  (left) and Helen Mackenzie.


Angela Murray co-ordinates our Skype critique group for those members who can’t make the day/evening critique group meet ups. E-mail Angela for more information.




Susan ElselyThis lively and welcoming book group meets monthly in members’ homes to discuss children’s and Young Adult books. The aim is to look at books from writers’ point of view and explore different styles and formats. For more information e-mail co-ordinator Susan Elsley


Caroline-DeaconThis critique group meets once a month at Coordinator Caroline Deacon‘s home just off Broughton Street in the New Town. It’s a friendly and informal get together, but we are constructively critical. We allocate time/ reading length according to the number coming along, but usually folk get our undivided attention for about 20 minutes. We don’t read in advance, so it is a question of what appears on the night.  E-mail Caroline for more information.


We are delighted that our members volunteer and give so much of their time. SCBWIs on-line magazine currently has South East Scotland members Claire Watts (Editor), Liz MacWhirter (Features – Opening Lines) and Justin Davies (Features – Debut Dance).

South East Scotland Local Network Organisers are Justin Davies, Elizabeth Frattaroli and Sarah Broadley.

You can contact us via the contact form below or email

Justin Davies lives between bridges in North Queensferry; sometimes, he stands in the garden with his husband to wave at passing trains. When not flying around the world as cabin crew – serving food, drinks, and theatrical winks – Justin writes middle grade novels, mostly with the aim to make his readers laugh.

Elizabeth Frattaroli lives with her family and a cat shadow named Willow, by the sea in Broughty Ferry. She writes YA and Middle Grade books and clings on to the hope that sometime in the not too distant future they will see the light of day. She is also 1/3 of the team behind Chasing Time Writing Retreats. 

Sarah Broadley lives in Edinburgh with her family and two mad cats. She writes picture books and middle grade stories and occasionally dips into other genres if she’s had enough tea. She is currently tweaking her latest middle grade novel in the hope she will have enough courage to send it out into the literary world.

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