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James Spence

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Contact: [email protected]
Local authority: Edinburgh City
Languages: Scots
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I grew up in Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders. I've lived in Edinburgh since 1982 and have been self-employed as a storyteller since 2002. I go into schools to tell stories and lead story-making and other creative workshops. Increasingly I'm invited to do Scots language events. Dan Serridge and I performed in the acclaimed storytelling production of The Two Truths of Thomas the Rhymer. I devised and performed The Liars' Tour of the Storytelling Centre. I won the Edinburgh Spring Fling poetry competition in 1991.

I am working on a performance piece, consisting of over 70 haiku, that retells the story of Gregory's Girl. The book is due out summer 2019, as is Ferr Frae the Dirlin Thrang, the Scots translation of Hardy's famous novel. Other books I have written:

And collections of poems:

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

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

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Care-experienced people; People experiencing mental health problems; Vulnerable older people

Topics of work

Biography & memoir; Childhood; Comedy, humour & funny books; Family; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Loneliness & isolation; Love & romance; Mystery & thriller; Nature; Performance training

Age groups published for

Children; Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with

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

Audience size

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