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Catherine Simpson

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Contact: cmsimpson13@hotmail.com
Local authority: Edinburgh City
Languages: English
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I am a novelist, memoir writer, poet and journalist.

My first novel, Truestory, (Sandstone Press, 2016) was inspired by raising my autistic daughter, Nina. Nina and I now campaign together (and separately) for Autism Acceptance. My memoir, When I Had a Little Sister, (Fourth Estate, 2019) is about the death by suicide of my sister Tricia and is an exploration of how we become the people we are. It is also an elegy to growing up in the countryside of the 1970s.  

I was Creative Writing Fellow for Tyne & Esk Writers, 2017/2018 where I helped to run writing groups and offered one-to-one feedback to writers. I was writer-in-residence at Coastword Festival 2017, for which I wrote a pamphlet of poems Mrs Carlyle had Many Lovers.   I have run writing workshops for many groups including Penicuik Arts Association, Midlothian Libraries, Oban Adult Literacy and Open the Door Festival. I tailor each workshop to meet the needs of the group.

I have also run a week-long memoir-writing course at Garsdale Retreat in the Yorkshire Dales. I am happy to take part in talks, Q&A's, readings, panel events and book groups and love to meet readers and talk about all things bookish.  

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

Carers; Adults with additional support needs; People experiencing mental health problems; Vulnerable young people (under 18); Vulnerable adults; Young people with additional support needs (under 18) (ASN/SEN)

Topics of work

Activism & protest; Adolescence; Biography & memoir; Childhood; Class & society; Comedy, humour & funny books; Contemporary fiction; Death, grief & bereavement; Discrimination & Prejudice; Family; Friendship; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Human rights; Loneliness & isolation; Rural communities

Age groups published for

Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with

12-14; 15-18; Adults

Audience size

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