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Janis Mackay

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Email janis716@btinternet.com
Other contact method: Agent (Kathryn Ross): kjross@tiscali.co.uk
Local authority: Edinburgh City
Languages: English, Scots
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Janis has books published for children from aged 3-14. Her first novel, Magnus Fin and the Ocean Quest, won the Kelpies Prize and in 2013 Janis won the Scottish Children's Book Award with her novel The Accidental Time Traveller.

A storyteller and creative writing tutor, Janis has much experience visiting primary schools, inspiring literacy and sparking the imagination. She spent some years living by the sea and in this time wrote five books all inspired by the sea shore. She also spent time imaginatively travelling through time and as a result has stories from the Victorian era, WWI and the future. Janis is also happy to offer CPD to teachers, on storytelling skills and creative writing.

(Works in Scots)

Websites featuring the author

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen; 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; Performance; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop; Professional development, CLPL or CPD; Chairing events

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Care-experienced people; Carers; English as an additional language (EAL); Intergenerational learning; Outdoor learning; Adults with additional support needs; People experiencing mental health problems; Reluctant readers; Vulnerable young people (under 18); Vulnerable adults; Young people with additional support needs (under 18) (ASN/SEN)

Topics of work

Adolescence; Adventure; Animals; Biography & memoir; Childhood; Coasts, seas & oceans; Environment & climate; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Family; Fantasy; First experiences for younger readers; Friendship; Historical fiction; History; Nature; Performance training; Picture books; Travel writing; World War 1

Age groups published for

Children; Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with

3-5; 6-8; 9-11; 12-14

Audience size

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