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Gail Anderson

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Contact: gjaflash@yahoo.com
Local authority: North Ayrshire
Languages: English
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I’m a writer of short forms: flash fiction, short stories, creative non-fiction and poetry, and and a 2023 Ignite Fellow with the Scottish Book Trust. My work explores the element of place, and themes of ‘lost and found’.

I teach creative writing at the University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education. My classes and workshops are fast-paced and interactive, aimed at both beginners and seasoned writers. I’m skilled at tutoring adults of all ages, and from all backgrounds.

I’m an experienced organiser and promotor of events: large public events of up to 90 sessions over two days, more than 100 speakers and 900+ attendees; small educational events and workshops at museums and community centres; and virtual events, including a 10-week online lecture series. I’ve had a career in communications and marketing, and am adept at all forms of publicity, including digital and print.

I’ve lived in the US, South Africa, England and Scotland, and have worked as a stop-motion animator, a musical instrument repair technician, a webmaster, a librarian, a graphic designer and photographer. All this has given me lots of material and perspective that shows up in my writing and teaching. I’m also an avid sailor and sea-swimmer, with an interest in the history of waterways.

Local authorities can visit

Argyll and Bute; Dumfries and Galloway; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; Glasgow City; Inverclyde; North Ayrshire; Renfrewshire; South Ayrshire; West Dunbartonshire

Events can deliver

Chairing events; Panel event; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop

Audience can work with

Adult learners

Topics of work

Biography & memoir; Coasts, seas & oceans; Contemporary fiction; Editing & editing your own work; Emigration & immigration; Event production; Nature; Publishing & getting published

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Age groups can work with


Audience size

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