A fictional approach to writing about art in public spaces.

HEAD ON is a new artwork created and curated by Nicola Atkinson/NADFLY, encouraging writers take a fictional approach to public art.


05 May Martin MacInnes
12 May Philip Miller
19 May Katy McAulay
26 May Shirley Whiteside
02 June Richard W. Strachan
09 June Tawona Sithole
16 June Julie Fraser
23 June Ross McCleary
30 June John Binnie
07 July Emily Munro
14 July Gary McNair

Each writer has chosen a tiny, hand painted porcelain head made in Glasgow by Nicola Atkinson/NADFLY. They will then create a story of 500 words inspired by the character they imagine for the porcelain head and set it in the City of Glasgow. The story must include a generic location which each writer was assigned from a lottery. }The locations are: Bridge, Shopping Centre, Side Street, River, Main Road, Public Park, Bus Stop, Graveyard, Private Flat, Motorway, Public building & the Subway.

Starting 5 May, 2014, one story per week ( 11 weeks in total) will be featured on nadfly.net along with a photo of the heads installed at the chosen locations around Glasgow. Readers can discover them by means of the map

The aim of the Nicola Atkinson/NADFLY public artwork HEAD ON - small in scale, intimate in design but large in concept - is to engage writers and the public with art through storytelling and the creation of new characters in familiar and unfamiliar corners of the city. Public art, writers and the public meet HEAD ON in Glasgow this spring/summer.

BIO & Links for the Writers

John Binnie is a playwright and director. He has written 30 plays, many for Glasgow's Clyde Unity Theatre. These plays include three Edinburgh Fringe First winners BREAKFAST AT AUDREY'S , ACCUSTOMED TO HER FACE and BEYOND THE RAINBOW. He has adapted two novels by Margaret Thomson Davis for the stage (RAG WOMAN, RICH WOMAN and BREADMAKERS), and BABYCAKES by Armistead Maupin. Two of his plays have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Currently he is writing a chamber musical HEART SONGS and a new aerial drama about an African homeless man HAMLET ASYLUM SEEKER.

Julie Fraser is a playwright and has written for stage and radio. Credits include `Plaza`, `Maria of my Soul` and `Mrs Spry`s Arrangements`. She worked for many years as a drama Script Editor and Producer. A passion for social history and hidden lives inspires her writing and work as a community practitioner.

Katy McAulay is a writer based in Glasgow. Her fiction has been published in New Writing Scotland, Gutter and recorded for BBC Radio Four. Follow her @ourkaty

Martin MacInnes has published fiction and reportage in various journals including Edinburgh Review, and won a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust in 2014. He is working on several projects, and is interested in incorporating philosophy of science and natural history perspectives in fiction.

Gary McNair is a writer, director and performer from Glasgow. He has work being presented across the country this year. To find out more, follow his infrequent tweets @thegarymcnair or visit his website at Gary McNair.co.uk

Philip Miller is a writer and journalist based in Glasgow.His debut novel THE BLUE HORSE is to be published by Freight Books in 2015.

Emily Munro was born in Edinburgh and lives in Glasgow. She writes fiction and creative non-fiction. She has a Masters degree in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow and has spent the past ten years working in film. Her writing is influenced by her experience of cinema and the heightened, sometimes mysterious, subjectivities certain films explore.

Ross McCleary was named as an emerging writer by Edinburgh City of Literature in 2013, reading as part of the Story Shop program at the Edinburgh International Book festival. He enjoys playing with form and word games in prose and found poetry. His work has recently appeared in Valve and Dactyl.

Tawona Sithole Better known as Ganyamatope (his ancestral family name) Tawona’s heritage of storytelling inspires him to make connections with other people through creativity, and the natural outlook to learn. Writer, musician and educator - Tawona also co-runs Seeds of Thought arts group in Glasgow.

Richard W. Strachan lives in Edinburgh. He has had short fiction and reviews printed in a number of magazines and journals, including New Writing Scotland, Gutter, The View From Here and Litro. He has read at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, as part of the Story Shop initiative, and in 2012 he was given a New Writer's Award by the Scottish Book Trust. He writes a blog Richard W Strachan.

Shirley Whiteside is a writer and freelance arts journalist with a particular interest in book reviewing. She contributes to the Independent on Sunday, Herald, Sunday Herald and Book Oxygen. A Glaswegian, she lives on the South Side of the city.

Artwork concept & Photographs©nadfly2014