Lesley Deshner

Lesley Deschner

Lesley has been a keen writer for many years, although her background is mainly in amateur dramatics. She has written several short plays, sometimes working in tandem with Helena Sheridan, another member of LiterEight. A past President of Ayr Writers’ Club, Lesley was formerly Affiliation/Accommodation Secretary for the Scottish Association of Writers through her membership of Writers’ Umbrella, and, until October 2014, Secretary for the Writers’ Summer School in Swanwick. Her involvement in the ‘Swanwick Page to Stage’ workshop run by Katie White, another avid Swanwicker, which involves developing a short script from rehearsal and edit to final performance, has rekindled Lesley’s love of acting and she has performed with two local theatre companies – Hipshot Theatre Company, with Chris Taylor and Polymorph Theatre Company, with Jan van der Black – showcasing new plays.
          Lesley achieved her Counselling Skills Certificate in 2012 and began a 2-year diploma course at Strathclyde University in September 2014. Although the course has now ended, Lesley continues her studies in extension to achieve her diploma in 2017 and recently left her job of 18 years as Sewing Projects Developer at Alex Begg & Co. to concentrate on self-development and client work. The interest in psychology and the benefits of counselling stems from her personal experience with depression. Finding the process of self-awareness and counselling effective in her own therapy, she would like to help others heal in the same way.
            Lesley has written many humorous poems, short stories, some short plays and sketches, and articles. She has many pieces of work in the pipeline, not least of which is a biographical article on her father.
          The best piece of advice Lesley would give anyone is Laugh! Have a laugh every day - it’s good for the soul!