Total Lisp newbie here and have been looking at SCIP as a way to improve on my general coding skill. I've not yet successfully linked Emacs to my Gnu lisp 2.61 - I'm a bit skeptical that I should tackle Emacs AND learn Lisp at once, however I've got Gambit on the android and Lispworks personal as learning tools for the time being.
I've landed here with a very late start in coding - 4 years ago I took a job at a startup where I began to learn some VB in .net 4 and SQL as it helped me do my real job. Off and on I studied it and because I came so late to coding I bought books and read a lot; this helped enormously because I couldn't assume I knew anything, as a programmer I was a slightly blank slate. The pragmatic programmer and Code Complete 2 shaped my first months of learning, followed closely by Refactoring so as a consequence, whilst I wasn't at all experienced, I was fairly tidy. I've yet to take work in a junior devs role, which is going to be tricky as most juniors are in their 20's not mid 30's!
Still, I've come to Lisp a few days ago as I'm hoping it will expand the ways I have to solve problems - the way F# did when I learnt enough to appreciate the differences between functional and OOP coding.
I've an active interest in developing skills in several languages, including R as well as Lisp itself of course so any SW UK enthusiasts would be welcome contacts