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Fran Macilvey

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Contact: [email protected]
Local authority: Edinburgh City
Languages: English
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Fran Macilvey is an author and motivational speaker based in Edinburgh. Fran's memoir Trapped: My Life with Cerebral Palsy (Skyhorse), for which she has narrated the audiobook, is a HarperCollins gold medal winner and an Amazon international bestseller, described by John Pring (Editor, Disability News Service) as "a tough, bleak book, beautifully written and unremittingly honest... an important addition to the field of disability studies." A German language ebook Meine Gefangene Seele is produced by Bastei.

Fran has written a radio play of Trapped and is writing the stage play. Her second book Happiness Matters and third Making Miracles explore how we can find more happiness in challenging times. Fran has a committed readership worldwide. She writes a blog, speaks on a range of subjects and gives workshops and readings.

She has appeared on BBC Radio Scotland, been interviewed for Ableradio and the Disability Now monthly podcast. She has given a memoir workshop at SAW's annual conference. Her articles and letters are published in specialist publications and the national press, most notably lead letter in The Herald.

Fran welcomes speaking engagements. Particular areas of expertise: disability and inclusion, personal empowerment, authorship, creative processes and effective communication. (Photo credit: Colin McPherson)

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen City; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; 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

Panel event; Reading; Talk; Workshop

Topics of work

Biography & memoir; Discrimination & prejudice; Editing & editing your own work; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Loneliness & isolation; Publishing & getting published; Self-publishing & independent publishing

Age groups published for


Age groups can work with

12-14; 15-18; 18+

Audience size

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