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Jean Findlay

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Contact: jeanfindlay9@icloud.com
Local authority: Edinburgh City
Languages: English
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I have a lifetime's experience in literature as a playwright, journalist, author and - for the last five years - as an independent publisher at Scotland Street Press in Edinburgh. My first book was published by Chatto and Windus and Vintage in London and Farrar, Straus and Giroux in New York.

The book was shortlisted for a Lamda Award in New York in 2016. Since 2014, I have been working on an historical novel set at the turn of the 16th/17th century in Denmark, Edinburgh and London.

I have spoken at the Edinburgh Book Festival, the Jaipur Book Festival in India, The Centre for Fiction in New York, the Boston Atheneum, The Savile Club in London, Bregenz in Austria, Wigton Book Festival, New York University Graduate Centre, The Saltire Society, Edinburgh University Chaplaincy, and many more. I have also been invited by the Boni Institute in New York to talk on CK Scott Moncrieff and on setting up a new publishing house.

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; Multilingual event; Panel event; Reading; Residency; Talk; Chairing events

Audience can work with

English as an additional language (EAL); Outdoor learning; People experiencing mental health problems; People living with dementia; Prisoners & young offenders; Reluctant readers; Vulnerable young people (under 18)

Topics of work

Biography & memoir; Childhood; Family; Friendship; History; LGBTQIA+ characters; Publishing & getting published; Self-publishing & independent publishing; Translation; World War 1

Age groups published for

Children; Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with

15-18; 18+

Audience size

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