Former Stirling Makar (2012-2015), and an early pioneer of Scottish performance poetry scene, Anita is a teaching artist, published writer and poet. As a teaching artist, she sees poetry as an exciting and powerful tool for people of all ages and backgrounds, whether creating slams and poetry for primary or secondary schools or found poems for business and community seminars.
Co-founder of the Scottish Youth Poetry Slam 2016/18 for secondary S1-S3, she is also the founder of WordLab Arts, a hub for literary arts and education. One of her specialisms is encouraging young people with specific learning difficulties who are struggling in school. Inspired by her own experience of being severely dyslexia and ADHD in school, her practice is participatory, flexible and inclusive. meeting CofE and GIRFEC principles.
She trained with the renowned practitioner Keith Johnstone in Canada and has taught throughout Scotland. She is currently working on projects in education, business and wellbeing. She's available for individual residencies or a series of workshops.
"Kickstarting an interest in poetry not seen since the days of Hugh MacDiarmid and Dylan Thomas" - Scotland on Sunday (Photo credit: Chris Scott)