MANY Voices, a Scottish PEN project, funded by Creative Scotland in partnership with six Scottish organisations, aims to give marginalised groups and communities across Scotland opportunity to express themselves through writing workshops and events.

The 18-month project, run in partnership with six organisations – Apex Scotland, HMYOI Polmont, International Women’s Group Glasgow, LGBT Youth Scotland, Move On and Orkney Library & Archive – will consist of a series of writing workshops led by writers: Alison Miller, Sarah Short, Karen Campbell, Marjorie Lotfi Gill, Nat Raha and Cat Hepburn.

Scottish Pen says that the workshops aim to provide a platform and empower marginalised communities across Scotland, "facilitating the development of new voices and framing a conversation about ideas and issues important to them, and achieving a better understanding of issues affecting marginalised communities in Scotland today."

Laura Waddell, Scottish PEN board member, said: "More than ever we need to open up such opportunities to a wider variety of people. Not only is access to writing support important for personal expression, but for all the stories that are yet to be told about the world we live in today."

MISSISSIPPI Delta singer-songwriter Bronwynne Brent has added a live session for BBC Radio Scotland to her latest Scottish tour which begins at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh on Monday.

Brent is touring with Seattle-based guitarist Johnny Sangster, who produced her second album, Stardust, and will appear on the BBC’s Quay Sessions from Atlantic Quay in Glasgow on Wednesday. She also appears at Kilbarchan Performing Arts Centre (Tuesday 7) and plays house concerts in Strathpeffer (Thursday 9) and Westhill, Aberdeenshire (Friday 10) before going on to Glenbuchat Hall, Strathdon (Saturday 11) and Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine (Sunday 12).