Louise Welsh, Author – Cutting Room, Naming The Bones
2010 was a good year for me. I traveled widely, including trips to festivals in Beijing, Melbourne and Toronto, promoting my new book Naming the Bones. I also had plays performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and as part of Glasgow’s celebration of queer culture, “Glasgay!”
The highlight, however, has to be seeing Sublimation, the short opera my partner Zoe Strachan wrote the libretto for. I know how hard she’s worked on it, so I was moved to see the finished piece being performed so well, and very excited when it was chosen to go to a festival in Cape Town.
I always make a lot of fitness resolutions at the New Year. I’m hoping 2011 is the year I stick to them. I’ve just been appointed Writer in Residence for the University of Glasgow and Glasgow School of Art, so I am also looking forward to getting stuck into my new role!
Jane English, Writer – Sugar Rush, The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister
Well I was very happy that the TV broadcast of The Secret Diaries Of Miss Anne Lister led to Virago republishing the diaries, as now everyone can read about this extraordinary woman for themselves. And I’m still pinching myself that Streetdance 3D went to number one at the UK box office.
Perhaps, for 2011, my resolution should be to try and merge the genres I work in. Lesbian dance movie anybody?
Ruta Gedmintas, Actress – The Tudors, Lip Service
I have had a very exploitative 2010. Given the current climate I was very blessed to be working, and working on challenging and very different roles that I have been passionate about. I have made some amazing friends and found them a real inspiration.
New years resolution? Making next year all about love and generosity.