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Jeff Zycinski

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Contact: jeff@writesandspeaks.com
Local authority: Highland
Languages: English
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A childhood in Glasgow’s Easterhouse and then a career in Scottish commercial radio and at BBC Scotland is remembered in my memoir, The Red Light Zone, and forms the basis of my talks, readings, lectures and workshops. The book covers my work in genres such as news, arts, comedy and events and I have gathered a small treasure trove of audio and video clips to use as illustrations. 

The Red Light Zone has been received well by critics here in Scotland and as far afield as Spain and Los Angeles.  The Daily Express described it as a “must read for any student considering a career in the media” while The Scottish Review pegged me as a “supreme anecdotalist”. 

Hopefully the stories of my adventures – from the Highlands to Hollywood – will inspire others to pursue a career in broadcasting, journalism, writing or comedy (Performing stand-up comedy in Glasgow remains my scariest memory. Well, that and being shot at on the way to school).

(Photo Credit: Emma McGregor)

Websites featuring the author

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; Reading; Talk; Workshop; Chairing events

Topics of work

Biography & memoir; Comedy, humour & funny books; Performance training

Age groups published for

Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with

12-14; 15-18; 18+

Audience size

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