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Emily Utter

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Contact: emkateutter@gmail.com
Local authority: Aberdeen City
Languages: English
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Emily Utter is a Canadian writer who lives in Aberdeen. Her short stories, flash fiction, and creative non-fiction have appeared in journals and magazines all over the world, including Gutter, Northwest Review, Geist, and the best of Canadian flash fiction anthology, This Will Only Take a Minute.

Emily is the Writer-in-Residence at Aberdeen’s specialist palliative care hospital, Roxburghe House, where she helps patients write their life stories. This work has inspired her novel-in-progress, The Night Room, which was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize Trust ‘Discoveries Prize’ in 2023.

As a creative writing facilitator, Emily is health and social care focussed: she was the senior practitioner for the North East Culture Collective’s project with Alcohol & Drugs Action, has facilitated workshops for a number of local charities and organisations including Rape Crisis Grampian and regeneration area-based Fersands & Fountain Community Project. She has also led projects developed for NHS staff and has delivered workshops at NHS Grampian Medical Humanities and Palliative Care conferences.

Emily has read at and chaired events for the May Festival, WayWord, and Granite Noir. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Aberdeen, where she has also lectured in Creative Writing.

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

Chairing events; Mentoring; Panel event; Professional development, CLPL or CPD; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Care-experienced people; Carers; English as an additional language (EAL); Adults with additional support needs; People experiencing mental health problems; People living with dementia; Reluctant readers; Vulnerable young people (under 18); Vulnerable adults; Vulnerable older people; Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts); Young people with additional support needs (under 18) (ASN/SEN)

Topics of work

Adolescence; Ageing; Biography & memoir; Childhood; Coasts, seas & oceans; Contemporary fiction; Death, grief & bereavement; Drug addiction, alcoholism & substance abuse; Editing & editing your own work; Environment & climate; Family; Gender equality; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Loneliness & isolation; Nature; Rural communities; Violence & abuse

Age groups published for

Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with

15-18; 18+

Audience size

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