is a tiny, informal writers' group, all women, who meet monthly in each other's homes, and thus the size of the group is self limiting. The aim is to encourage each other in the craft of writing and for each meeting homework is set and then shared.
Affiliated to the Scottish Association of Writers (SAW), Talking Volumes group members attend SAW's annual conference and always win a disproportionate number of the competitions adjudicated at the conference bearing in mind the size of the group.
Members of Talking Volumes include -
Morag MacRae with several SAW competition wins under her belt, has produced a radio series for schools for BBC Ireland and recently launched When Darkness Falls a collection of her short stories. Her book includes tales of a boat lost in a storm, fantasy, wartime heroism, revenge, and laugh out loud humour.
Margaret Mackay, newest member of Talking Volumes, won first prize in an inaugural short story competition organised by North Highland College Perth in 2012.
Her debut novel No More Secrets, No More Lies is a romantic drama set in exotic Malaysia.
As the owner of a top modelling agency, Amanda Graham has the world at her feet. Suddenly, with the arrival of a letter from an ex-lover, that world becomes in danger of being torn asunder.
Her daughter is the most important thing in her life, and she must never learn the truth of her mother's shocking past.
The love of her child takes her to exotic Malaysia, where she is caught up in a sequence of events that she could never have envisaged.
Meeting up with her old lover, the father of her daughter, proves to be a dangerous liaison.
Secrets and lies are uncovered forcing Amanda to face her demons. Her life takes an unexpected turn when she discovers that, after all, truth is the best option.
Margaret Wood is a founder member of Talking Volumes. She has had stories published in mainstream women's magazines like Bella, Woman's Weekly and People's Friend. She has been a winner of The Lady short story competition and a runner-up in the Woman & Home one. She has also won prizes for children's and adults' stories in Writing Magazine and at the Scottish Association of Writers conference. Her poetry appears in the anthologies, 'Cracking On' and 'Get Me Out of Here' published by Grey Hen Press, Keighley, West Yorkshire.
Catherine Byrne is another founder member of Talking Volumes. The last bairn to be born on Stroma, Catherine has also many competition wins to her credit and publication in women's magazines also. In her Raumsey Trilogy the main setting of Catherine's historical romances is an island like Stroma.
Catherine also has a collection of her short stories available as an e book from Amazon - Gone with the Tide. www.catherinebyrne-author.com