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Julie McNeill

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Contact: JulieMcNeillPoetry@gmail.com
Local authority: East Dunbartonshire
Languages: English
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Julie is a poet, author, performer and workshop facilitator. She specialises in delivering creative writing workshops and talks with a particular interest in writing for wellbeing & mental health and supporting children and adults with additional support needs (ASN). She is the author of Mission Dyslexia, an award winning book for dyslexic children as well as two poetry collections.

She is a sport/football enthusiast and is the Poet in Residence for St Mirren FC Charitable Foundation and the Makar for The Scottish Women’s National Football Team Poets Society.

Passionate about inclusion and making work accessible for neurodivergent children and adults she is currently writing a follow up series to Mission Dyslexia which will be published by JKP Books in 2023. 

She is an experienced performer – recently reading her work at Wigtown Book Festival, StAnza International Poetry Festival, Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, Paisley Book Festival and Aye Write in Glasgow.

(Photo credit: Andy Leniham)

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

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

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Care-experienced people; Carers; Adults with additional support needs; People experiencing mental health problems; People living with dementia; Prisoners & young offenders; Reluctant readers; Vulnerable young people (under 18); Vulnerable adults; Vulnerable older people; 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; Biography & memoir; Care experience; Childhood; Class & society; Comedy, humour & funny books; Discrimination & prejudice; Drug addiction, alcoholism & substance abuse; Environment & climate; Family; First experiences for younger readers; Friendship; Gender equality; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Human rights; LGBTQIA+ characters; Loneliness & isolation; Nature; Picture books; Politics; Poverty; Publishing & getting published; Sports; Wars & conflicts

Age groups published for

Children; Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with

0-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-11; 12-14; 15-18; 18+

Audience size

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