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Cally Phillips

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Other contact method: Publisher (Ayton): aytonpublishing@gmail.com
Local authority: Aberdeenshire
Languages: English, Scots
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I have written prose exclusively for the past decade though I have a professional background in screenwriting and stage drama. My key themes are identity, reality and memory. For me, narrative is a way to both experience the world and a vital form of communication. I like to experiment with form but have a great respect for structures.

I see writing as a means of exploring and maintaining good mental health and am happy to deliver talks and workshops on aspects of achieving creative balance. I am interested in exploring tensions around competence and confidence in cultural contexts.

I am an active advocate for alternative publishing. I like to challenge and disrupt conventional approaches. I believe that publishing is a political, economic and social act. In the past five years I have developed various independent publishing imprints and have a catalogue of nearly a hundred fiction and non fiction works, supporting Scots writers (living and dead) through the (re)publishing process. I run two literary societies: The Galloway Raiders (S.R.Crockett) and The J.M.Barrie Literary Society and am always happy to talk about the life and works of these authors or indeed, my own creative work.

Websites featuring the author

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; Edinburgh City; Fife; Moray; Perth and Kinross; Scottish Borders

Events can deliver

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

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Intergenerational learning; Outdoor learning; Adults with additional support needs; People experiencing mental health problems; People living with dementia; Vulnerable adults; Vulnerable older people

Topics of work

Adventure; Biography & memoir; Class & society; Contemporary fiction; Death, grief & bereavement; Discrimination & Prejudice; Editing & editing your own work; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Historical fiction; Nature; Publishing & getting published; Rural communities; Self-publishing & independent publishing

Age groups published for

Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with

15-18; Adults

Audience size

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