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Donny O'Rourke

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Contact: donny.orourke@btinternet.com
Local authority: Glasgow City
Languages: English, Scots
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Poet, critic and cultural commentator Donny O’Rourke has had overlapping careers in broadcasting, journalism and university teaching. Former Head of Arts at STV and executive at BBC Scotland, he was a founding columnist for The Sunday Herald and for a decade The Scotsman’s Television critic. The recipient of several fellowships, professorships, bursaries, residencies, awards and commissions, internationally, Donny has taught and researched at Yale, Glasgow School of Art, Jena and Bern universities and other prestigious European and North American institutions.

He has published more than a score of books, and many CDs have featured his songs. Ten collections and innumerable public appearances have secured his place as a celebrated and much anthologised poet. A translator, editor and publisher, Donny has been an influential teacher, mentor, festival organiser and significant collaborator across all art forms. Notably, he has written and spoken extensively about Robert Burns. He edited the seminal Dream State: The New Scottish Poets and Across The Water: a survey of Scots/Irish poetry, prose and drama. A graduate of the Universities of Glasgow and Cambridge, he has taught at the latter and holds a Lifetime Fellowship at Glasgow’s School Of Education.

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Websites featuring the author

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; Professional development, CLPL or CPD; Chairing events

Audience can work with

Adult learners; People experiencing mental health problems; Prisoners & young offenders; Reluctant readers; Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts)

Topics of work

Activism & protest; Ageing; Biography & memoir; Childhood; Class & society; Death, grief & bereavement; Editing & editing your own work; Emigration & immigration; Environment & climate; Historical fiction; History; Love & romance; Performance training; Publishing & getting published; Religion & Beliefs; Seasonal books; Self-publishing & independent publishing; Translation; Travel writing

Age groups published for

Children; Teens

Age groups can work with

0-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-11; 12-14; 15-18; Adults

Audience size

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