Established in 1993 by Todd McEwen, while Writer in Residence in Aberdeen, our group supports writers throughout North-East Scotland by providing a platform to discuss new writing from members, and promoting this writing through occasional workshops, performances and publications.

On Todd’s departure from Aberdeen, the group moved to The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen with Eddie Gibbons as our founding chairperson. The group took its name from its home venue, becoming known as the Lemon Tree Writers, and, though the venue has changed, the name remains.

As a group, Lemon Tree Writers have performed at the Aberdeen Arts Carnival, at Word, the University of Aberdeen Writers’ Festival, and at New Words, the festival of new writing for Aberdeen and North-East Scotland. In 2001, Lemon Tree Writers collaborated with Spotlight Theatre in Inverurie to write and produce a two act play, Soul Traders. The group also appeared at the Pennan Arts Festival in 2003. For more recent events, see our events and workshops page.

Lemon Tree Writers have published several collections of writing – see our publications list. The more recent titles are available from local bookshops and Lemon Tree Writers events.

The group remained at The Lemon Tree for some years before transferring to the Douglas Hotel, then, after a brief sojourn at Torry Community Centre, to its current venue, the Belmont Filmhouse. During the ongoing Covid situation, online and hybrid meetings allow members from further afield to join our writing community.

Over the years the group has been chaired by Roddy Lumsden, Eddie Gibbons, Michel Dudropt, David Nicol, Haworth Hodgkinson, Judith Taylor, Aidan Mulkerrin, Gráinne Smith, John Bolland, Robert Ramsay, Rachel Grant, Richie Brown, Petra Vergunst, Ian Anderson, Ian Grosz and, since January 2020, Sarah-Jane Bennison.