Marc Sherland, Deputy President & National Officer

Marc is a creative writing tutor who facilitates the performing writing group, Word Factory. He became Deputy President of the WEA, when elected by members in 2018.

In 2019 he designed three early learning packs on Robert Burns and the Scottish Leid for use in Schools, during Schools Competitions and for Burns Clubs. He becomes President of the Robert Burns World Federation in September 2020.

Tutor for the WEA he concluded a series of sessions with Maryhill Writers’ Group, devising a reflective course, commemorating the abolition of the slave trade. The anthology commissioned “Reforging Broken Links” was distributed to delegates at the WEA International Conference. He has also worked on remembrance material with a group in Clydebank all of whom were affected by strokes. Through this project he developed a package for recording individual life stories. He has been a tutor, student, Regional Chair, Scottish WEA Association Convenor, prior to becoming Deputy President. 

As former facilitator of the Write Attitude Group, a group formed through the organisation Positive Mental Attitudes, Marc supported the creative writing output from people challenged by health and emotional issues. Between 2010 and 2013 he helped them promote exhibition and performances through an annual Headspace event staged at The Bridge in Easterhouse.

In 2012 he was invited to address inmates of HMP Dumfries in sessions on writing. He has since joined the Scottish Prison Arts Network (SPAN). In 2013 Marc was engaged by the NHS to work with a small group of refugees in a project to celebrate Scottish Heritage and their place within it. He is an Ambassador for the Federation of Writers (Scotland) which he founded and a past President of the Scottish Association of Writers.

He established a publishing enterprise ‘Wild WORD Press’ in autumn 2013.