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Cara Silversmith

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Contact: [email protected]
Local authority: Angus
Languages: English, Scots
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Cara is an engaging, vibrant storyteller who brings the world alive through words. Cara works with schools, in community settings, care homes, and writing groups, book festivals, on stage, and online as a creative teller and workshop leader. She works with Scottish and international myths and legends, alongside contemporary and personal tales. Cara uses her detailed knowledge of Scotland’s ecology and biodiversity, collected over three decades - as an Environmental Educator (One Nature Education), Countryside Ranger, Eco Schools, and GTCS registered Geography Teacher - to develop and tell stories which examine our relationships with our wider environment.

Cara has an MSc in Environmental & Sustainability Education, training in NVC and Mental Health First Aid. Issues of identity & wellbeing are close to her heart. She has experience of being a young carer and supporting those with dementia. Cara celebrates and explores lgbtqia+ perspectives, and works with neurodiverse experiences, celebrating individuality of thought and experience. Cara had a Residency with the National Theatre of Scotland in 2022/23 and has been storyteller in residence with a Creative Commons project where she developed a stories of place, rooted in history with a focus on sustainable futures. Contact her to find out more.

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

Chairing events; Mentoring; Panel event; Performance; Professional development, CLPL or CPD; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Care-experienced people; Carers; English as an additional language (EAL); Intergenerational learning; Outdoor learning; People experiencing mental health problems; People living with dementia; Reluctant readers; Vulnerable young people (under 18); Vulnerable adults; Vulnerable older people; Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts); Young people with additional support needs (under 18) (ASN/SEN)

Topics of work

Activism & protest; Adolescence; Adventure; Ageing; Animals; Biography & memoir; Care experience; Childhood; Class & society; Coasts, seas & oceans; Death, grief & bereavement; Discrimination & prejudice; Environment & climate; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Family; Food; Gender equality; Health including mental health & wellbeing; History; Human rights; LGBTQIA+ characters; Loneliness & isolation; Nature; Performance training; Rural communities; Science; Self-publishing & independent publishing; Travel writing; Violence & abuse; Wars & conflicts; World War 1; World War 2

Age groups published for

Children; Teens; Adults

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; 500+