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Eleanor Thom

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Contact: [email protected]
Local authority: Edinburgh City
Languages: English
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I am a writer of fiction and creative non-fiction, and my writing is about memory, migration, social history.

My second novel, Connective Tissue, based on the life of my grandmother, a Holocaust refugee from Berlin, will be published by Taproot Press in 2023. Research for the novel was completed as part of my PhD in Creative Writing

My first novel The Tin-Kin (Duckworth, 2009) was another of fictionalised family story. It was about three generations of Scottish Travellers who move off the road and chaotically adapt to life in Elgin. An early chapter won the 2007 New Writing Ventures Award for Fiction, and the book went on to win the Saltire First Book of the Year Award in 2010. I was also featured on BBC TV’S The Culture Show as one of the year’s best new novelists.

For four years I have been the Community Writer in Residence for The Edinburgh International Book Festival’s Citizen Project.

My writing life has gradually adapted to fit around a busy family. I have two children, the youngest a keen para-swimmer, which for me means lots of poolside reading!

Local authorities will 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 will deliver

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

Audience will work with

Adult learners; Carers; English as an additional language (EAL); Intergenerational learning; Vulnerable adults; Vulnerable older people

Topics of work

Biography & memoir; Class & society; Contemporary fiction; Discrimination & prejudice; Editing & editing your own work; Emigration & immigration; Family; Historical fiction; History; Religion & beliefs; World War 2

Age groups published for


Age groups will work with

9-11; 12-14; 15-18; 18+

Audience size

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