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Carly Brown

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Contact: carlybrownwriter@gmail.com
Local authority: Edinburgh City
Languages: English
Carly Brown's headshot

I am an award-winning performance poet based in Edinburgh, the author of a poetry pamphlet Grown Up Poetry Needs to Leave Me Alone, and of bestselling children's picture book I Love St Andrews. In 2013, I won Scotland's National Championships of Slam Poetry and I've been a featured poet at dozens of locations around the UK and internationally, including Glastonbury Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe.

My poetry is witty and personal, grappling with ideas of home, growing up, feminism, and relationships, and I can theme my performance around a particular topic for your event. Previous themes I've created feature sets around include: literature, love and relationships, and women's history.

I also have extensive experience as a creative writing teacher and hold a Doctorate of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. I have led writing workshops with primary and secondary school children, refugees and asylum seekers, and university students. While my workshops have covered a range of topics, my areas of specialty are historical fiction and performance poetry. For instance, I've led historical fiction workshops for teens with The Young Walter Scott Prize and a poetry workshop series for women with Glasgow Women's Library. (Photo credit: Perry Jonsson)

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

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

Audience can work with

Adult learners; English as an additional language (EAL); Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts)

Topics of work

Activism & protest; Adolescence; Biography & memoir; Childhood; Comedy, humour & funny books; Editing & editing your own work; Food; Friendship; Gender equality; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Historical fiction; History; Love & romance; Performance training; Picture books; Politics; Rhyming books for younger readers; Seasonal books

Age groups published for

Children; Adults

Age groups can work with

6-8; 9-11; 12-14; 15-18; 18+

Audience size

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