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Craig Aitchison

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Contact: [email protected]
Local authority: Scottish Borders
Languages: English, Scots
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Craig Aitchison has published fiction in publications including Northwords Now, Tangled Web, Wyldblood, and Southlight. He was commissioned by the Scottish Poetry Library to respond to Sir Walter Scott’s 250th anniversary. His poetry has appeared in Poetry Scotland, New Writing Scotland, Nutmeg and Tapsalteerie's collection Sleekit. Recently he was chosen as a winner of the Burrell Collection’s Hidden Treasures competition. He received a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust in 2023 for writing in Scots. In 2023 he won both the Badenoch Prize and the Wigtown Poetry Prize for Scots. In 2024 he will appear at the Borders Book Festival. He is currently working on a novella and a poetry project about the River Tweed.

With over twenty years’ experience working in secondary schools, Craig has worked with a diverse range of young people and is able to provide workshops on a wide variety of topics.

Local authorities will visit

Dumfries and Galloway; East Lothian; Edinburgh City; Midlothian; Scottish Borders; West Lothian

Events will deliver

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

Audience will work with

Adult learners; English as an additional language (EAL); Outdoor learning; Reluctant readers; Young people with additional support needs (under 18) (ASN/SEN)

Topics of work

Adolescence; Ageing; Animals; Childhood; Contemporary fiction; Crime fiction; Editing & editing your own work; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Friendship; Music; Nature

Age groups published for

Children; Adults

Age groups will work with

15-18; 18+

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100