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Debbie Cannon

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Contact: debbiecannonwriter@gmail.com
Local authority: Perth and Kinross
Languages: English
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I’m a writer and performer, born in Dundee, and now living in Perth after seventeen years in Edinburgh. I love writing about women’s history, the Middle Ages (I also have a D.Phil in Medieval Studies) and early modern history, as well as scientific subjects such as dinosaurs and space. My writing is dramatic, but always has a strong vein of humour.

I mainly write for stage and have written, produced, and performed two solo shows: Green Knight is a re-telling of a medieval Arthurian adventure; The Remarkable Deliverances of Alice Thornton is based on the memoirs of a seventeenth-century Yorkshirewoman. In 2022, I was a mentored playwright with Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland. I also write prose fiction – in 2016, I was a Storyshop reader at Edinburgh International Book Festival and, in 2017, my children’s story about a dinsoaur was shortlisted for the Kelpies Prize. I have also adapted science-fiction audio-dramas, had comedy sketches performed on radio and stage, and have worked as a science communicator for Edinburgh Science Festival.

I have experience of and can offer –

(Photo credit: Scott Cadenhead)

Local authorities can visit

Angus; Dundee; Edinburgh City; Fife; Glasgow City; Perth and Kinross; Stirling

Events can deliver

Chairing events; Performance; Reading; Talk; Workshop

Topics of work

Ageing; Biography & memoir; Childhood; Comedy, humour & funny books; Death, grief & bereavement; Editing & editing your own work; Family; Gender equality; Health including mental health & wellbeing; History; Science

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