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Jemma Neville

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Other contact method: Agent (Jenny Brown): [email protected]
Local authority: Edinburgh City
Languages: English
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Hello! My debut book, Constitution Street, is a personal and political exploration of community, human rights and anxiety. It is part-memoir, part social history and a call to action. I interviewed my neighbours to discover what the particular in one place - my street - revealed about the universal, streets across the world. The result was a form of urban-nature writing. I have also written award-winning features journalism and been a regular guest and presenter for radio, TV and festivals. The consistent thread in my work is connecting people and place from international courtrooms to local classrooms and walks to talks.

I can host a reading or writing workshop for you, give a keynote lecture, or be a panel guest or writer in residence.

Recent experience includes author events at The Edinburgh International Book Festival, an Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) Community Fellowship, being commissioned by The British Council to lead art walks and winning the Creative Edinburgh City Award. I am a volunteer with Scottish PEN.

“Both personal and political, insightful but never judgemental and, above all, compassionate” - Helen Sedgwick

(Photo credit: Rob Smith)

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

Audience can work with

Adult learners; English as an additional language (EAL); Intergenerational learning; Outdoor learning; Vulnerable young people (under 18)

Topics of work

Activism & protest; Adventure; Human rights; Loneliness & isolation; Nature; Politics; Publishing & getting published; Seasonal books; Self-publishing & independent publishing; Travel writing; Urban communities

Age groups published for


Age groups can work with

0-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-11; 12-14; 15-18; 18+

Audience size

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