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Alison Miller

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Contact: alisonmiller67@btinternet.com
Local authority: Orkney Islands
Languages: English
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I am the author of Demo, a novel about the coming of age of a Glasgow girl against the backdrop of the lead up to the Iraq war. Recently I have written short stories, essays and poetry reflecting life in Orkney, island life, language and literature.

The work I do here has grown out of a spell as reader in residence through Scottish Book Trust, writer and tutor for Scottish PEN's Many Voices project, and more recently, lead reader for Open Book in Orkney. Recent work has been published in Archipelagos (Ed. Uni); Between Islands (An Lanntair); Orkney Stoor, Speak for Yourself, Turangawaewae, Beuy (Abersee Press); That Bright Lifting Tide (George Mackay Brown Fellowship).

I have run creative writing workshops for many years in different settings, including deprived urban areas, with a variety of different interest or issue groups - women, visually impaired, people with mental health issues - and more recently in Orkney, Shetland, and the Western Isles. I run a regular workshop in Orkney for Orcadian speakers. I have chaired author events and taken part in panel discussions, as well as given readings of my work.

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen City; Edinburgh City; Glasgow City; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); Orkney Islands; Shetland

Events can deliver

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

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Carers; Adults with additional support needs; People experiencing mental health problems; Vulnerable adults; Vulnerable older people

Topics of work

Activism & protest; Adolescence; Ageing; Biography & memoir; Childhood; Class & society; Coasts, seas & oceans; Contemporary fiction; Death, grief & bereavement; Discrimination & prejudice; Editing & editing your own work; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Family; Friendship; Gender equality; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Island communities; Loneliness & isolation; Nature; Politics; Poverty; Rural communities; Urban communities; Wars & conflicts

Age groups published for

Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with

15-18; 18+

Audience size

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