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Elaine Truckell

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Contact: elainetophat@uwclub.net
Local authority: Dumfries and Galloway
Languages: English
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I grew up in the North West of England, female and working class, when men-only clubs proliferated the town. Anxious to leave, I auditioned and obtained a place at the prestigious National Council for Drama Training accredited Birmingham School of Speech Training and Dramatic Art. After battling for funding with the local council, I trained for three years from 1987-1990 and I am proud to call myself an accomplished performer.

My life has seen me in many roles: static trapeze artiste (Spain, France, Southern Ireland and England), dramatherapist (1997-1999 University of York Postgraduate training), workshop facilitator, teacher (UK and China), script-writer/director, storyteller and belly-dancer... My clients are diverse and eclectic. I am comfortable in an academic institution, delivering formal education, and equally happy in a field with a mixed audience, especially if there is a lovely camp fire.

I self-published a novella during lockdown and this is now distributed throughout Cumbria and SW Scotland. I attend two local writing groups with published authors and I am working on my second novel. During lockdown I wrote and told stories for children suffering from pandemic-related anxieties through a series of story-telling workshops over Zoom. This was for Eden Family Support in Cumbria.

Local authorities can visit

Dumfries and Galloway; Edinburgh City; Glasgow City

Events can deliver

Mentoring; Performance; Professional development, CLPL or CPD; 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; Prisoners & young offenders; Reluctant readers; Vulnerable young people (under 18); Vulnerable adults; Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts); Young people with additional support needs (under 18) (ASN/SEN)

Topics of work

Ageing; Discrimination & prejudice; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Gender equality; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Loneliness & isolation; Performance training; Poverty; Violence & abuse

Age groups published for

Children; Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with

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

Audience size

0-10; 11-30