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I have over twenty years experience of working with children of varying ages and abilities. My qualifications - BA Community Education, and Masters in Screenwriting - enable me to also work with teachers and adults. My career has covered many aspects of work, including pupil support, adult education, youth work, teaching child protection, and working with a drug agency, but my biggest passion is for creating good quality, exciting stories.
I regularly visit schools to talk about being an author and to share tips to inspire writing. I have been invited to speak at many literary events, including a sold out gig at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
The Bree McCready series is most suited to P5-7 but can easily be tailored to suit any age group. I am available for readings, presentations, and workshops which might incorporate the activities from my teaching packs. I am happy to carry out visits which are unrelated to my novels. Recently, I combined my skills as a writer, mum, and educator to set up Topics and Treats. This has allowed me to blend storytelling, literature, and food to bring classroom themes to life through the medium of baking, rhymes, songs, and arts and crafts.
East Lothian; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Midlothian; North Lanarkshire; Scottish Borders; West Lothian
Events can deliver
Mentoring; Panel event; Reading; Talk; Workshop
Audience can work with
Adult learners; Care-experienced people; People experiencing mental health problems; Prisoners & young offenders; Reluctant readers; Vulnerable young people (under 18); Vulnerable adults; Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts)
Topics of work
Adolescence; Adventure; Childhood; Class & society; Death, grief & bereavement; Family; Fantasy; First experiences for younger readers; Friendship; Gender equality; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Loneliness & isolation; Poverty