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Alex Mullarky

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Contact: alex.mullarky@gmail.com
Local authority: Midlothian
Languages: English
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I am an author of fantasy books for children and adults. My first middle grade book, The Sky Beneath the Stone, was published by Kelpies in 2022 and my follow-up will be published in summer 2024.

I am available for writing workshops, school visits, presentations and panel events. I have appeared at literary festivals such as Kendal Mountain Book Festival and the International Literature Festival Dublin, and in libraries across Scotland.

A typical school visit or workshop lasts around 60-90 minutes. I usually start with an introduction about the inspiration for my first book and how I became an author. We then go through some exercises in character development, writing rich settings and generating story ideas from a place (whether real or imagined). Interspersed are map-reading and adventure-planning activities. There are short readings throughout and time for questions and answers at the end.

These events can be tailored to focus more specifically on creating fantasy worlds, drafting and editing your work, or retelling folk and fairy tales. I am happy to present in a classroom or outside under the trees and can tailor a visit plan to the needs of your group.

(Photo credit: Mairhi MacLeod)

Local authorities can 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 can deliver

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

Audience can work with

Outdoor learning; Young people with additional support needs (under 18) (ASN/SEN)

Topics of work

Adolescence; Adventure; Animals; Childhood; Coasts, seas & oceans; Editing & editing your own work; Environment & climate; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Family; Fantasy; Friendship; Gender equality; Health including mental health & wellbeing; History; LGBTQIA+ characters; Nature; Publishing & getting published; Rural communities

Age groups published for

Children; Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with

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

Audience size

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