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Alan Spence

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Email a.spence@abdn.ac.uk
Local authority: Edinburgh City
Languages: English
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Alan is an award-winning poet and playwright, novelist and short story writer. Appointed Edinburgh Makar in 2017, he is also Professor Emeritus in Creative Writing at University of Aberdeen and founded WORD Festival in 1999, running it for 12 years. He has a special interest in Japan; he has published books of haiku, two novels set in Japan and a third in progress. Alan received the Order of the Rising Sun from Japanese Government in 2018.

Alan is an experienced reader and performer of his own work, and has undertaken collaborations with artists and musicians. His most recent works are the novel Night Boat, poetry collection Morning Glory, and play No Nothing.

Websites featuring the author

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen; Dundee; East Lothian; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Midlothian; Perth and Kinross; Scottish Borders; Stirling; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Performance; Reading; Talk; Workshop; Chairing events

Topics of work

Adolescence; Ageing; Childhood; Class & society; Death, grief & bereavement; Historical fiction; Religion & Beliefs

Age groups published for

Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with

12-14; 15-18; Adults

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500; 500+