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Julian Colton

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Contact: jfvrfcolton@aol.com
Local authority: Scottish Borders
Languages: English
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Julian Colton offers workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative writing across all Curriculum for Excellence subjects. His writing themes include history, landscape, animal life, and sport, particularly football. Much of his verse is concerned with the concepts of memory, imagination, and personal observation. His work reflects how people interact in a social context politically, historically, and personally.

His poetry pamphlet Something for the Weekend (Scottish Borders Council) appeared in 2001. In 2002, his poem pamphlet DH Lawrence was short listed for the Callum MacDonald pamphlet award. Work has also appeared in countless quality magazines and anthologies. He also co-produced the CD Eildon Leaves and the first Borders Book Festival Fringe. His book of children's ghost stories The Looking Glass Years is inspired by the life and times of Sir Walter Scott. His poetry collection Two Che Guevaras was published in 2007, Everyman Street (Smokestack Publishing) in 2009, Cold Light of Morning (Cultured Llama) in 2015, and Selkirk's Marvellous Monuments (Selkirk Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme) in 2016. He most recently wrote a fully produced film of three Trimontium scenes for The Trimontium Museum in Melrose. He edits The Eildon Tree magazine. (Photo credit: Fiona Colton)

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

Mentoring; Panel event; Performance; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop; Professional development, CLPL or CPD; Chairing events

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Care-experienced people; Carers; Outdoor learning; Adults with additional support needs; People experiencing mental health problems; Prisoners & young offenders; Reluctant readers; 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; Adolescence; Adventure; Ageing; Animals; Biography & memoir; Characters of colour & BAME characters; Childhood; Class & society; Discrimination & prejudice; Editing & editing your own work; Environment & climate; Event production; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Family; Fantasy; First experiences for younger readers; Friendship; Gender equality; Health including mental health & wellbeing; History; Politics; Publishing & getting published; Religion & beliefs; Rural communities; Sports; Urban communities; World War 1; World War 2

Age groups published for

Children; Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with

3-5; 6-8; 9-11; 12-14; 15-18; 18+

Audience size

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