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Fiona Thackeray


Fiona Thackeray has won prizes including the Macallan/Scotland on Sunday Awards, the Neil Gunn Competition and Woman’s Own magazine Summer Fiction contest. Her work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in various literary anthologies including, Polygon ‘Shorts 4 & 5’, Cinnamon and Inkermen Press, and journals and newspapers like Ironstone magazine, and ‘The Guardian International’. She grew up near Edinburgh, graduated in psychology at Glasgow then worked on various conservation projects before helping set up a national charity that supports therapeutic gardening projects in Scotland. In 2007 she was a guest of the Bydgoszcz International Book Festival. Her collection of short stories, The Secret’s in the Folding, from Pewter Rose Press, was long-listed for the Edge Hill University Prize in 2011. Her writing has been published in translation in Polish and Brazilian Portuguese. She is working on her first novel about slavery and sugar cultivation in Brazil. Fiona is a contributing author to a new anthology of writing about Japan, 'A Thousand Cranes' being launched in September 2011. All proceeds will go to the Tsunami Relief Fund.

About writer's work

I write a lot about Brazil, her people and landscapes, and in particular the wealth gap there. My collection of short stories, ‘The Secret’s in the Folding’ explores characters living at different points on the rich-poor spectrum and many of the tales carry endorsements from highly accomplished contemporary Scottish writers. As well as being broadcast on BBC Radio 4, several of my stories have won prizes including the Macallan/Scotland on Sunday Awards, Happenstance Press Competition, Woman’s Own magazine Summer Fiction Contest, the Soutar Prize and the Neil Gunn Prize. In addition, my work has been published widely in literary journals and anthologies, both in the UK and in translation, including Markings and Ironstone magazines, The Inkermen Press anthology and The Guardian newspaper, Arte e Letra journal (Brazil). Right now I am working on a novel about slavery (both historical and contemporary) on sugar plantations in Brazil, and I am very privileged to have been awarded mentor support for this project from the Scottish Book Trust.

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Current events and projects

I am able to provide: 1) Readings from my work and other materials and 2) Workshops for teenagers and adults on various aspects of creative writing for beginners, including inventive exercises for helping people to find ideas and turn them into pieces of quality writing. I have a particular interest in writing inspired by other countries, and in themes of food, ostracism, slavery and homesickness, but I am happy to work with other themes and new ideas.

Other work

Short Stories of Brazil: Long-listed for the Edge Hill University and Frank O'Connor Prizes.

My short stories have won prizes such as The Macallan/Scotland on Sunday Awards; Happenstance Press Competition; The Neil Gunn Award and Woman’s Own Summer Fiction Contest, and appeared in national publications including: The Guardian, Woman’s Own Magazine; Scotland on Sunday. I have published my work in literary anthologies and journals such as: ‘Loss’ from The Inkermen Press; ‘The Visitors’, Cinnamon Press anthology; ‘Markings’ and ‘Ironstone’ magazines. My short story of prison life in 1950’s Scotland was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2007. In 2008 this same story was published in translation in Brazil in ‘Arte e Letra’ Journal. In 2007 I was a guest of Bydgoszcz International Book Festival in Poland and gave live readings as well as having my work published in translation:


Local authority where they are based

Perth and Kinross

Local authorities where they can work

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian

Age groups

Teens, Adults

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Books written

The Secret’s in the Folding

The Secret’s in the Folding

Author(s): Fiona Thackeray
This collection explores the necessary ingredients for hope and dignity in the vibrant setting of Brazil.