Catriona Lexy Campbell
I am originally from the Isle of Lewis and I have worked in the Gaelic arts since early childhood as a writer, actor, poet, performer and theatre maker. Following my degree at the University of Edinburgh (M.A. Mental Philosophy) I began working with Eden Court Theatre in Inverness as the Gaelic Drama Artist for Skye and Lochalsh and spent two years working with schools and drama groups all over the region. I left this job to focus on my writing/acting and was self-employed for four years. During this time, I continued to work extensively in Gaelic literature and drama, visiting many schools, groups and events. To date, I have had four books published in Gaelic and have another two pending publication. I have also recently made the transition into playwrighting and currently have two new plays under commission. I am now the first Gaelic Associate Artist for the National Theatre of Scotland.
About writer's work
My writing covers a range of age groups and skill levels in the Gaelic language. I have written books for young children, teenagers, Gaelic learners and fluent speakers. My aim is to create literature that is contemporary, accessible and entertaining. The major themes of my books would be inter-personal relationships, secrets and lies, and the supernatural. I also try to keep a light and comic tone in much of my work.
Current events and projects
I can provide workshops on a variety of topics and for participants of any age and skill level. This includes CBT workshops for teachers, curriculum-based workshops for schools, workshops in Creative Writing, story-telling and drama skills and personal performances of my writing. I am currently working to develop new Gaelic non-professional drama groups all over Scotland as part of my associateship at NTS and I have recently completed a series of workshops for the Faclan Festival, comprising my own work with drama and writing games.
Samhraidhean Diomhair: Comunn na Leabharaichean 2009, novel. ISBN: 9781900901314. Scottish Gaelic. Adults. A wedding reunites a group of five friends, long estranged, and forces them to confront their past. Inter-personal relationships, secrets and lies, and morality.