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John Brewster

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Contact: clarityofsight@outlook.com
Local authority: Fife
Languages: English, Scots
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I am a writer and writing tutor living in Fife, working in English and Scots. My poetry and short stories have won various awards and have been published in a range of books and magazines. I am a Scots Patron of Reading, and also a qualified teacher in RE and English, with a First in Divinity from St Andrews University.

I have taught creative writing in schools, libraries and other educational and community settings. My courses, workshops and readings have been delivered to a diverse range of groups, from the homeless to other disadvantaged people, such as those with learning problems and addiction issues.

What drives me is going beyond the usual conventions by deconstructing the assumptions that inhibit people from expressing themselves. Everyone has a creative way in and a creative way out. My approach is to explore these entrance and exit points, understanding what moves us and moves through us. I employ my skills as a writer and teacher to develop innovative projects that explore the relationship between our words and our ways of doing, feeling and thinking. I believe we all have a tale to tell, so my work is to help people discover their own story.

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

Reading; Talk; Workshop

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Care-experienced people; Adults with additional support needs; People experiencing mental health problems; Reluctant readers; Vulnerable young people (under 18); Vulnerable adults; Vulnerable older people

Topics of work

Activism & protest; Adolescence; Adventure; Ageing; Animals; Biography & memoir; Childhood; Class & society; Coasts, seas & oceans; Death, grief & bereavement; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Fantasy; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Horror; Loneliness & isolation; Music; Mystery & thriller; Nature; Religion & beliefs; Science fiction; Violence & abuse; Wars & conflicts; World War 1; World War 2

Age groups published for

Children; Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with

6-8; 9-11; 12-14; 15-18; 18+

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100