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After years editing Chapman, Scotland's quality literary magazine, Joy is now focussing on her own writing, mainly poetry in English and Scots. She has at last broken into poetry book publishing in her own 'write' with Bearings I, the first publication from The Poets' Republic Press, along with Katy Ewing.
Her writing covers a wide range of subjects, from the intricacies of personal emotion to international politics. Joy continues to explore many issues opened up in Chapman: Scotland, the relationship between its beautiful and varied landscape and the people living there, the delicate balance between nature, culture, history, language etc. She is especially interested in how apparently 'trivial things' can, if examined closely, be seen to have huge, even metaphysical connections and ramifications.
She is a strong and renewed voice in the literary scene, an experienced lecturer on many subjects and loves working with other writers to develop new skills and opportunities. Hand in hand with her commitment to Scotland and its culture is her convinction that the national is fundamentally international, and she is keen to be part of a continuing and forward-looking dialogue between Scotland, Europe and the rest of the world. (Photo credit: Olga Wojtas)
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
Bibliotherapy; Bilingual event; Mentoring; Panel event; Performance; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop; Professional development, CLPL or CPD; Chairing events
Audience can work with
Adult learners; People experiencing mental health problems; Prisoners & young offenders; Vulnerable adults
Topics of work
Activism & protest; Childhood; Class & society; Coasts, seas & oceans; Death, grief & bereavement; Discrimination & prejudice; Drug addiction, alcoholism & substance abuse; Editing & editing your own work; Environment & climate; Event production; Gender equality; Health including mental health & wellbeing; History; Human rights; Loneliness & isolation; Performance training; Politics; Poverty; Publishing & getting published; Self-publishing & independent publishing; Translation; Violence & abuse; Wars & conflicts; World War 2