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George Colkitto

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Email colkitto@virginmedia.com
Local authority: Renfrewshire
Languages: English
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Writing both fiction and poetry, my work has been published in many magazines and anthologies.  I was winner of the Scottish Writers’ Groups Short Story Competition 2011, their Poetry Competition 2012, and was second in Pendle War Poetry 2018.

I have run many workshops and for a year provided workshops for NHS Renfrewshire Network Services.  My poems are on display in Linwood, Johnstone and Erskine Health Centres.   I assisted in organising the 2017 Tannahill International Poetry Competition.  I am Chairperson of Lochwinnoch Writers.

My poetry deals with contemporary issues, with the beauty of nature and with memory, love and bereavement.  My Victorian detective novellas feature Sebastian Symes, a contemporary and rival of Sherlock Holmes.  

I enjoy public readings of my work and have performed in Paisley’s Care Homes and Lunch Clubs, at the Thames River Festival and throughout Scotland.

I have experience in self-publishing.

(Photo credit: Kemal Houghton)

Websites featuring the author

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen; 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

Reading; Talk; Workshop; Chairing events

Audience can work with

People experiencing mental health problems

Topics of work

Ageing; Animals; Biography & memoir; Childhood; Class & society; Coasts, seas & oceans; Death, grief & bereavement; Editing & editing your own work; Family; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Loneliness & isolation; Love & romance; Publishing & getting published; Self-publishing & independent publishing; Wars & conflicts

Age groups published for

Children; Adults

Age groups can work with

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

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100