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Jenni Calder

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Contact: jenni.calder@gmail.com
Local authority: Edinburgh City
Languages: English
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I have published 28 books on literary and historical subjects, including biographies of Robert Louis Stevenson and Naomi Mitchison and several books on aspects of Scottish history and Scottish emigration, and - as Jenni Daiches - fiction and poetry.

I have edited and contributed to many more, and published in many journals and magazines. My most recent publications are: Borrowed Time (fiction), Essence of Edinburgh: An Eccentric Odyssey and The Burning Glass: The Life of Naomi Mitchison.

I have given talks, lectures and workshops and taken part in conferences and book festivals in the UK, Canada, USA, Italy, Spain and Kenya. For 23 years I was at the National Museum of Scotland where I was successively education officer, publications editor, exhibition scriptwriter and editor, and Head of Museum of Scotland International which focused on Scottish emigration.

I have for many years between an active member of Scottish PEN, president from 2003-07, and engaged in campaigning for freedom of expression, promoting writing and reading, and fostering international understanding.

(Photo credit: Rachel Calder)

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

Chairing events; Panel event; Reading; Talk; Workshop

Audience can work with

English as an additional language (EAL)

Topics of work

Activism & protest; Ageing; Biography & memoir; Contemporary fiction; Editing & editing your own work; Emigration & immigration; Family; Gender equality; Historical fiction; History; Human rights

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Audience size

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