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John Burns

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Contact: docb77@hotmail.com
Local authority: Dumfries and Galloway
Languages: English, Scots
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I teach English and tai chi, and write stories and poetry in Scots and English. I have also written critical works on Neil Gunn and Bob Dylan. In 1979 I was a founding editor of Cencrastus magazine and am currently one of the editors of Southlight magazine. I have translated A Midsummer Night's Dream and Twelfth Night into Scots and am interested in using Scots to explore classic literature. The Chinese classic Monkey has also been put into Scots.

I am available for readings and for workshops. As an English teacher I am used to working with groups of young people. I can help generate creative work for folios. I am interested in exploring themes like memory, family and people in landscapes in workshops. I am also interested in developing new writers' confidence. (Photo credit: Roger A. Lever)

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen City; Dumfries and Galloway; East Lothian; Edinburgh City; Glasgow City; Midlothian; North Ayrshire; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; South Ayrshire; Stirling; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Reading; Talk; Workshop

Audience can work with

Adult learners

Topics of work

Adolescence; Ageing; Biography & memoir; Childhood; Coasts, seas & oceans; Contemporary fiction; Family; Loneliness & isolation; Music

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