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Alison Irvine

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Contact: alison.irvine@btinternet.com
Local authority: Glasgow City
Languages: English
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I am the author of This Road is Red (Luath Press), a novel based on the true stories of residents of Glasgow's Red Road Flats. It was nominated for the Saltire First Book of the Year Award in 2011. With my photographer and illustrator colleagues in Recollective I have published Barrowland Ballads about Glasgow's Barrowland Ballroom and Nothing is Lost about the impact of the Commonwealth Games on people living in the East End of Glasgow.

I was Scottish Book Trust reader in residence for East Dunbartonshire Library Service in 2014-15, a job that saw me facilitating writing, reading and drama workshops in libraries, community centres and church halls all over East Dunbartonshire and working with participants aged between 0-101. This is work that I greatly enjoy and I love tailoring a workshop to the needs of the school, library or community group. (Photo credit: Iseult Timmermans)

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

Bibliotherapy; Mentoring; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop; Professional development, CLPL or CPD

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Care-experienced people; English as an additional language (EAL); Adults with additional support needs; People experiencing mental health problems; People living with dementia; Prisoners & young offenders; Reluctant readers; Vulnerable young people (under 18); Vulnerable adults; Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts)

Topics of work

Biography & memoir; Childhood; Class & society; Contemporary fiction; Editing & editing your own work; Family; First experiences for younger readers; Friendship; Gender equality; History; Loneliness & isolation; Poverty; Urban communities

Age groups published for


Age groups can work with

0-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-11; 12-14; 15-18; 18+

Audience size

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