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Jacqui Dempster

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Contact: jacquidempsterauthor@outlook.com
Local authority: Fife
Languages: English
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I write adult and older teen/early YA fiction, generally with an emphasis on supernatural/paranormal with historical reference. I am happy to run workshops, discussions, potentially interactive performance events and readings. As a former college lecturer and theatre school principal, I am experienced in working with young people and adults, and in theatre production.

I have experience of self-publishing and partnership publishing and have endured the frustrations of trying to get published and of finding an agent. I am a blogger and I have been published in local and online newpapers.

I undertook the Koestler Parapsychology course with Edinburgh University a few years ago and have had a lifelong interest in ghosts and ghost hunting. I love dogs, particularly Jack Russell Terriers, and having experienced the grief of pet loss, I have taken an interest in writing about this and my encounters with animal communicators.

My first adult book, Charon’s Children, is about Crete, a place very close to my heart. It focuses on the Island of Spinalonga, Europe’s last leper colony and the story, as might be expected, has a supernatural twist. I am therefore more than happy to engage in events relating to Crete and Spinalonga.

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

Performance; Reading; Talk; Workshop

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Adults with additional support needs; Vulnerable young people (under 18); Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts); Young people with additional support needs (under 18) (ASN/SEN)

Topics of work

Animals; Death, grief & bereavement; Event production; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Fantasy; Historical fiction; Horror; Mystery & thriller; Performance training; 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