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Greg Michaelson

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Contact: [email protected]
Local authority: Edinburgh City
Languages: English
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My fiction, mostly short stories, has been published regularly since 2001.I have recently been published in Red Squirrel Press's Postbox Magazine and Crowvus Journal, Hooded.

My novel The Wave Singer (Argyll, 2008) is set in a post apocalyptic community, farming the dry seabed of the Moray Firth, and follows a guileless young man facing difficult life choices. The Wave Singer was shortlisted for a Scottish Arts Council/Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust First Book Award. Subsequently, I received a Scottish Arts Council Writer’s Bursary.

In March 2023, Stairwell Books published Equinox, a novel jointly written with Ruth Aylett during lockdown. This science fiction/fantasy crossover is about how attempts to extract green energy from beneath Rannoch Moor upset the witches who protect the Multiverse. Two estranged cousins, a female nautical engineer, and a male rural ranger, must learn to work together before many-worlds implode.

I like to write about how things aren’t and how they might be. My writing usually explores sympathetic, flawed characters, in contemporary or plausible future settings, mostly Scottish. I favour a fairly sparse, realistic style, where the plot moves steadily to a twisty, but not entirely unexpected, conclusion. A strong sense of place is central to my writing.

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen City; Dundee; East Lothian; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Midlothian; Scottish Borders; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Chairing events; Panel event; Reading; Talk; Workshop

Topics of work

Activism & protest; Ageing; Biography & memoir; Class & society; Comedy, humour & funny books; Contemporary fiction; Editing & editing your own work; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Fantasy; Friendship; Gender equality; Loneliness & isolation; Mystery & thriller; Politics; Publishing & getting published; Religion & beliefs; Rural communities; Science; Science fiction; Self-publishing & independent publishing

Age groups published for

Adults

Age groups can work with

18+

Audience size

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