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J L Hall

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Contact: hello@jlhallwriter.com
Local authority: Edinburgh City
Languages: English
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I am an award-winning writer and creative writing teacher based in Edinburgh. I am a proud champion of writing and reading for better wellbeing and their power to change lives. I teach classes online across Scotland and face to face closer to home in the pandemic.

My essays, short stories, life writing, travel writing, and poetry are widely-published in anthologies including 24 Stories, Tempest, A Narrative Map, AM Heath/TLC Reads, A Wild and Precious Life, Rebel Alliance, Surfing, and To Whom It May Concern, and Prototype: 3, and online at Women Writers, Women's Books, I Must Be Off!, Full House Literary Magazine, and The Mechanic's Institute Review podcast.  

In 2021, I was longlisted for the Scottish Book Trust Next Chapter Award, and in 2018 I won the international I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition. Before this, I have been a finalist in several other national writing prizes.

In my career, I have worked as a lecturer, trainer, and mentor in the creative industries for twenty years. In addition to teaching creative writing classes in the community and online, I regularly read at events and speak on panels, and I would describe myself as a warm and vibrant speaker! I am also a reader for The Highland Book Prize.

Websites featuring the author

Local authorities can visit

Dundee; East Lothian; Edinburgh City; Glasgow City; Midlothian

Events can deliver

Mentoring; Panel event; Performance; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop; Chairing events

Audience can work with

Adult learners

Topics of work

Ageing; Biography & memoir; Childhood; Contemporary fiction; Crime fiction; Editing & editing your own work; Gender equality; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Mystery & thriller; Nature; Publishing & getting published; Travel writing

Age groups published for

Adults

Age groups can work with

0-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-11; 12-14; 15-18; Adults

Audience size

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