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Jon Plunkett

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Contact: [email protected]
Local authority: Perth and Kinross
Languages: English
Jon Plunkett's headshot

Born among the granite and drumlins of Ireland, Jon Plunkett now lives and writes in the Highlands of Scotland. His work has been widely published and in poetry journals. In addition to writing, Jon is a multiple poetry slam winner and keen performer, often collaborating with musicians and artists to lift the words from the page and present poetry in new ways.

Jon is founder of the Corbenic Poetry Path, a meandering path through beautiful Highland scenery where the poems have been carved in stone and installed along the way. In 2018. he took the reins of Poetry Scotland. His first full collection A melody of sorts was published with Red Squirrel Press in 2019.

"Jon is a quiet man with a wild soul. His voice is gentle and alluring while the truths he delivers are like a punch to the throat. It's like punk poetry in the form of an ear hug!" - Foy Vance

"In a world where authenticity can be increasingly hard to find, Plunkett's work is the real thing. His poems are encompassing, generous, and deeply compassionate. Equally importantly, Plunkett writes with such precision and skill that his work can't help but strike a true chord with the reader" - John Glenday (Photo credit: James Millar)

Local authorities will 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 will deliver

Panel event; Performance; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop

Audience will work with

Adult learners; Intergenerational learning; Outdoor learning; Adults with additional support needs; People experiencing mental health problems; Reluctant readers; Vulnerable young people (under 18); Vulnerable adults; Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts); Young people with additional support needs (under 18) (ASN/SEN)

Topics of work

Activism & protest; Adventure; Ageing; Animals; Care experience; Childhood; Comedy, humour & funny books; Environment & climate; Gender equality; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Human rights; Nature; Politics; Religion & beliefs; Rural communities; Seasonal books

Age groups published for

Teens; Adults

Age groups will work with

12-14; 15-18; 18+

Audience size

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