About us

The Lemon Tree Writers group was founded in the 1990s by Eddie Gibbons and began life in The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen. The group took its name from its home venue, The Lemon Tree, and, though the venue has changed, the name remains. The group remained at The Lemon Tree for many years before transferring to the Belmont Filmhouse after a brief sojourn at Torry Community Centre. During the ongoing Covid situation online and hybrid meetings allow members from further afield to join our writing community.

In-person meetings at the Belmont Cinema have been suspended. Zoom only until further notice.

Lemon Tree Writers are an enthusiastic group of poets, storywriters, novelists and playwrights mainly based in Aberdeen and surrounding areas; though their origins are from far and wide. They meet fortnightly to discuss their writing and share their work. New members, be they beginners or published, are made very welcome.

Lemon Tree Writers past and present


Meetings normally take place at the Belmont Filmhouse, 49 Belmont Street, Aberdeen AB10 1JS on alternate Saturdays from 11am to 1pm – see dates below.

We began operating hybrid in-person/ online Zoom meetings in September 2021- same times, same dates, same format. However, Belmont meetings have been suspended until further notice.

Places at in-person Belmont meetings must be booked in advance as places are very restricted to ensure Covid safety. LTW members should contact our Belmonteer maestro (details on the fortnightly script). Potential new members should initially use the website Contact page – please allow plenty of time as this page is only checked sporadically. Every effort will be made to include new members at Belmont meetings. New members are welcome to join the Zoom part of hybrid meetings at any time – again use the Contact page.

2022 Meeting Dates

15, 2912, 2612, 269, 237, 214, 182, 16, 3013, 2710, 248, 225, 193, 17
Belmont meetings suspended until further notice.


To become a full member, the annual subscription is £20 (£10 concession), payable September/October each year. At face-to-face meetings at the Belmont, there is an additional day rate of £1.50 to cover the cost of the room hire.

Non-members may attend their first meeting for free and then, on each subsequent visit, pay the £1.50 day rate + a £2 levy.

NB The day rate only applies to in-person Belmont meetings.

New Members

In normal times, anyone interested in joining Lemon Tree Writers is welcome to come along to one of our meetings at the Belmont. You will find us a friendly, diverse group, young and not so young, all with a passion for writing. In discussion of our writing, critique is offered in a friendly and constructive way; our aim is always to support each other.

Until face-to-face meetings resume fully, please use our Contact page.