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Ian Stephen

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Contact: ian@ianstephen.co.uk
Local authority: Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles)
Languages: English
Ian Stephen's headshot

Ian Stephen has one literary foot in the Outer Hebrides, and the other stretches to Scotland's East Coast. Both of these backgrounds have granted him access to huge bodies of oral stories and Ian has always been fascinated by the sway between written and spoken language. This is reflected in his novel A Book of Death and Fish (Saraband), in dramas such as his 'Seven Hunters' (Flannan Isles Lighthouse story), in his large body of internationally published poems and in his adventure, memoir, storytelling work of non-fiction, the Saltire shortlisted Waypoints (Bloomsbury).

Ian has also taken part in cross-arts collaborations with musicians, visual artists, actors, fim-makers,storytellers and dancers and was a member of Scotland's team at the 50th Venice Biennale. His main focus now is on fiction and non-fiction prose. (Photo credit: Christine Morrison)

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; Chairing events

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Care-experienced people; Carers; Intergenerational learning; Outdoor learning; Adults with additional support needs; People experiencing mental health problems; People living with dementia; Vulnerable adults; Vulnerable older people; Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts); Young people with additional support needs (under 18) (ASN/SEN)

Topics of work

Activism & protest; Adventure; Ageing; Biography & memoir; Childhood; Class & society; Coasts, seas & oceans; Comedy, humour & funny books; Contemporary fiction; Death, grief & bereavement; Discrimination & Prejudice; Drug addiction, alcoholism & substance abuse; Editing & editing your own work; Emigration & immigration; Environment & climate; Event production; Food; Friendship; Gender equality; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Historical fiction; History; Human rights; Island communities; Loneliness & isolation; Nature; Performance training; Politics; Publishing & getting published; Rural communities; Science; Seasonal books; Self-publishing & independent publishing; Travel writing; Wars & conflicts; World War 1; World War 2

Age groups published for

Children; Adults

Age groups can work with

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

Audience size

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