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Dickson Telfer

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Contact: dickson@dicksontelfer.co.uk
Local authority: Falkirk
Languages: English, Scots
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I'm a writer and performer who enjoys exploring the absurdities, humour, perversions and delights of everyday life, ranging from the explicit and dark to the poignant and sweet.

I have experience in delivering workshops to adult writers' groups and Advanced Higher pupils working on creative writing portfolios. I also have experience as an editor and have worked with clients from America, India, Qatar, Scotland and England (testimonials available on website).

In addition to my own titles, my fiction has been published in The Scotsman and various anthologies and litzines. I'm particularly interested in character-driven fiction with strong dialogue and have a particular likeness for stories that, although they work well on first reading, have layers and complexities that become more apparent on subsequent readings. Through delivering workshops and working as an editor, I have a drive to help other writers develop their craft and get their work into the lives of their target audiences.

(Photo credit: Sonja Blietschau)

(Works in Scots)

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; North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events can deliver

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

Audience can work with

Adult learners; English as an additional language (EAL); Adults with additional support needs; People experiencing mental health problems; Reluctant readers

Topics of work

Activism & protest; Adventure; Ageing; Animals; Childhood; Class & society; Comedy, humour & funny books; Contemporary fiction; Death, grief & bereavement; Drug addiction, alcoholism & substance abuse; Editing & editing your own work; Environment & climate; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Family; Friendship; Gender equality; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Horror; Human rights; LGBTQIA+ characters; Loneliness & isolation; Love & romance; Nature; Performance training; Politics; Publishing & getting published; Religion & beliefs; Self-publishing & independent publishing; Violence & abuse

Age groups published for


Age groups can work with

15-18; 18+

Audience size

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