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, former Affiliation/Accommodation Secretary for the Scottish Association of Writers, former Secretary for the Writers’ Summer School in Swanwick, Lesley rejoined the ‘Swanwick’ committee in 2016, this time as Treasurer. Her involvement in the ‘Swanwick Page to Stage’ workshop, developing a short play from script 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.

Since 2006, Lesley has studied counselling skills and theories and, in 2014, began a two-year diploma course in Person-centred counselling at the University of Strathclyde. In 2016, Lesley left her job of 18 years as Sewing Projects Developer at Alex Begg & Co. to concentrate on self-development and client work, graduating in November 2017. 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 and is currently working to build her private practice.

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!