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Heather Palmer

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Contact: [email protected]
Local authority: Glasgow City
Languages: English
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Heather Palmer is a writer based in Glasgow. Heather is the first comics winner of the Scottish Book Trust's New Writer Award (2019). She graduated from Edinburgh Napier's English and Film BA (Hons) in 2015 and self-published her first comic in 2016.

She writes with a focus on folklore, nationalism and death. Her first comic Grave Wax, created with artist Allan MacRitchie, is a mystery based on near-forgotten Scottish folklore and reacted to the culture surrounding the Scottish Independence Referendum and its impact. Grave Wax was shortlisted for Best Comic and Best Writer at the Scottish Independent Comic Book Awards in 2017 and 2018. In 2018, Heather's work was featured in 404 Ink and BHP Comics' We Shall Fight Until We Win and Frisson Comics' Knock Knock as well as in Scots translation in the Scrieve! Anthologie.

Heather has spoken ar and chaired events at festivals such as Edinburgh International Book Festival and Aye Write, and her comic about Margaret Thatcher was displayed in the Scottish Parliament as part of the festival of politics. (Photo credit: Rob McDougall)

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; Residency; Talk; Workshop; Chairing events

Audience can work with

Adults with additional support needs; People experiencing mental health problems; Vulnerable adults

Topics of work

Activism & protest; Class & society; Death, grief & bereavement; Editing & editing your own work; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Family; Fantasy; Gender equality; Horror; LGBTQIA+ characters; Mystery & thriller; Politics; Religion & beliefs; Self-publishing & independent publishing

Age groups published for

Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with

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

Audience size

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