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Annemarie Allan

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Contact: [email protected]
Local authority: East Lothian
Languages: English
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I write novels for children and young adults, and short stories for adults. My writing is wide-ranging, including science fiction, fantasy, environmental issues and historical fiction; it is inspired by the people, the history, the legends and the natural landscapes of Scotland. My novels have been shortlisted for a number of literary prizes, with my first novel winning the Kelpies Prize in 2007.

My other work includes historical booklets on my local area, including industry and witchcraft. I also contributed to the historical review of East Lothian 1945-2000, which won first prize in the Alan Ball Local History Award 2010.

I offer readings and workshops for young people, mainly in schools and libraries, but also in other venues such as the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh. I have run creative writing workshops in local libraries and devised materials for the annual summer reading challenge. I also work with adults and young people with learning disabilities. I am happy to offer formal talks, but I am particularly enthused by audience participation.

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; North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Mentoring; Panel event; Reading; Talk; Workshop

Audience can work with

Outdoor learning; Adults with additional support needs; Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts); Young people with additional support needs (under 18) (ASN/SEN)

Topics of work

Adventure; Animals; Childhood; Coasts, seas & oceans; Discrimination & prejudice; Environment & climate; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Fantasy; Friendship; Historical fiction; Horror; Human rights; Nature; Science; Science fiction; Wars & conflicts; World War 2

Age groups published for

Children; Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with

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

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100