Read Raw Ltd

Promoting Creative Writing in Scotland

About Read Raw

Read Raw Ltd’s purpose is to promote creative writing in Scotland.  To this end, it’s four directors, Mo Blake, Ian Hunter, G.W. Colkitto and Wullie Purcell set up the website to offer both a source of information on markets and competitions and to provide an outlet for poets and writers.

Who are these people?

Mo Blake

Mo is the manager of Books in the West.  Her poetry has been published in various collections, not least the Scotia Bar Finalists Anthology 2009, Ink Sweat & Tears and in the Earth Love magazine.  Mo’s poetry collection is due out any time soon.  Last year she performed poetry in Glasgow, Paisley, Perth and Dumfries.  She also writes short stories and is working on an historical thriller which she hopes to complete before this year is out. 

Ian Hunter

Ian, seen here with Laura Watson, the cover artist, at the launch of Lipstick Lass, is a prolific writer having had three children’s books published as well as a host of other pieces ranging from downright horror to tongue in cheek jibes at religion and the Royal Family

G W Colkitto

Wullie Purcell

G W Colkitto writes both poetry and prose. He has had short stories and poetry in magazines and anthologies including Ink Sweat and Tears, Envoi and Poetry Scotland.


Winner of the Scottish Writers Short Story Competition 2011 and Poetry Competition 2012 and Siar Sceal Hanna Greally Poetry Award 2014.


He has read at Aye Write, Scottish Writers Centre, Paisley Museums and Art Galleries. During 2016 he ran a writers group for NHS Renfrewshire Network Services and has poems on permanent display in Linwood and in Johnstone Health Centres.


He has published two poetry collections and two pamphlets and was in the St Magnus International Festival 2016 Anniversary Program. His latest collection 'The Year of the Loch' is published by Diehard.


Five of his Victorian detective novellas, featuring Sebastian Symes and Major Ritson, contemporaries of Sherlock Holmes, are published by Endeavour Press, and one by MX Publishing. They are available on Amazon.


He is a director of Read Raw Ltd with three fellow writers and is a chairperson of Lochwinnoch Writers.

Wullie is an ex- fireman and IT manager.  He writes short stories, children’s stories and poetry.  He has finished a humorous fantasy novel set variously in Heaven, Hell and Earth that he has been working on since just after creation. In addition to having numerous short stories and poems published in various places  Wullie has had a collection of poetry entitled "Looking Through Glasses".  He works at keeping the Read Raw website going in between his scribblings and his lifetime search for the perfect real ale.