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George Gunn

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Contact: [email protected]
Local authority: Highland
Languages: English, Scots
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My work is concerned with truth. My subject, in the main, is the people, culture, history and landscape of the North of Scotland. I do not consider myself locked into any particular locale but rather see what I create as a part of a world literature.

Caithness is fortunate in that it is a mix of Gaelic and Norse influence and this allows me to blend and expand both traditions. I see no real difference in poetry or drama as I believe poetry to be the language of the theatre. I also do not see 'poet' and 'playwright' to be contradictory terms but would argue that you have to have the soul of a poet before you can write successfully for the theatre.

I also do not believe in awards or competitions but I have been lucky enough to have been awarded bursaries from the Royal Literary Fund and the Scottish Arts Council in the past.

(Works in Scots)

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

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

Topics of work

Biography & memoir; Childhood; Class & society; Coasts, seas & oceans; Contemporary fiction; Emigration & immigration; Environment & climate; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; History; Human rights; Island communities; Nature; Politics; Poverty; Rural communities; Vehicles; Wars & conflicts

Age groups published for

Children; Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with

6-8; 9-11; 12-14; 15-18; 18+

Audience size

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