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Gerry Cambridge

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Contact: [email protected]
Local authority: North Ayrshire
Languages: English, Scots
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I’m a poet and essayist with a particular interest in the natural world, small press publishing, little magazines, editing, design and typography. My design work for small presses has won awards.

I lived in a caravan in Ayrshire for twenty years. In my twenties in that caravan I wrote nature articles for the British Reader’s Digest, the mass-market magazine which at the time had a monthly circulation of 1.5 million.  

I have conducted workshops with all ages between 8 and 85, frequently in primary schools, often combining poetry with a mix of storytelling and the natural world; and throughout Scotland.

Since 1995 I have edited a highly respected transatlantic poetry magazine, The Dark Horse. I have been active on the poetry scene in Scotland for 35 years. I see poetry as a means of self-realisation, not in an egotistical way, but via increased self-awareness and critical insight. It is a major literary artform and an introduction to it can considerably improve the richness of a person’s experience. I have seen the difference it can make close-hand to young people’s development and consider a knowledge of it hugely helpful to anyone, young or old, handling language.

(Works in Scots)

Local authorities will 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

Audience will work with

Outdoor learning

Topics of work

Adolescence; Animals; Biography & memoir; Editing & editing your own work; Loneliness & isolation; Nature; Publishing & getting published; Rural communities; Self-publishing & independent publishing

Age groups published for


Age groups will work with

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

Audience size

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