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Ajay Close

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Contact: [email protected]
Local authority: Perth and Kinross
Languages: English
Ajay Close's headshot

My first career as an award-winning journalist was followed by writer in residences in Renfrewshire and Perth and Kinross. I now work as a novelist, dramatist, and creative-writing tutor. Two of my five novels have been long-listed for major prizes. Recurring themes in my work include: feminism, politics, troubled family relationships, narcissism, victimhood and its ambiguities.

As a writer, I value vivid, musical sentences and storytelling. As a dramatist (two adult plays, and one youth theatre production), I seek the moments of magic unique to the stage. I regularly speak on panels discussing feminism: my fourth novel, A Petrol Scented Spring, was about the Scottish suffragettes; my current work-in-progress features a group of second wave, revolutionary feminists in the 1970s.

I am also secretary of the Friends of William Soutar Society. I can offer:

(Photo credit: Roben Antoniewicz)

Local authorities will visit

Aberdeen City; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; Shetland; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events will deliver

Mentoring; Panel event; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop; Chairing events

Audience will work with

Adult learners; Care-experienced people; Intergenerational learning; Outdoor learning; People experiencing mental health problems; Prisoners & young offenders; Reluctant readers; Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts); Young people with additional support needs (under 18) (ASN/SEN)

Topics of work

Activism & protest; Ageing; Class & society; Contemporary fiction; Death, grief & bereavement; Discrimination & prejudice; Editing & editing your own work; Family; Friendship; Gender equality; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Historical fiction; History; LGBTQIA+ characters; Love & romance; Politics; Publishing & getting published; Rural communities; Urban communities; Violence & abuse

Age groups published for

Teens; Adults

Age groups will work with

6-8; 9-11; 12-14; 15-18; 18+

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100