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Julie Rea

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Contact: julierea76@gmail.com
Local authority: West Dunbartonshire
Languages: English, Scots
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I write fiction, predominately short stories, and have had several of my plays performed in Glasgow and Edinburgh.  I won The Scottish Book Trust Next Chapter Award in 2017 and was mentored by the writer, Janice Galloway. I have been placed and shortlisted in many competitions, including The Cambridge Short Story Prize and Bath Short Story Award, and my fiction has been widely published in literary journals and anthologies, including Gutter, New Writing Scotland and thi wurd. I have completed a short story collection and am currently working on a novel. I was nominated for The Pushcart Prize.

I have experience of chairing events, book launches, and providing workshops on creative writing for both teenagers and adults. I have a particular interest of working within inner city community settings and with young people and families who have personally been, or had a family member, incarcerated and are looking to express their feelings in a creative setting.

I have performed at several festivals, chaired events - including Paisley Book Festival - and participated in Book Week Scotland. I am a working-class writer and very keen to ensure writers and young people from this background have access to the creative arts.

(Photo credit: James Williamson)

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen City; Argyll and Bute; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; Edinburgh City; Fife; Glasgow City; Inverclyde; Renfrewshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events can deliver

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

Audience can work with

Care-experienced people; Outdoor learning; Prisoners & young offenders; Reluctant readers; Vulnerable young people (under 18); Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts)

Topics of work

Activism & protest; Adolescence; Ageing; Animals; Biography & memoir; Care experience; Childhood; Class & society; Contemporary fiction; Death, grief & bereavement; Drug addiction, alcoholism & substance abuse; Family; Friendship; Loneliness & isolation; Music; Poverty; Religion & beliefs; Rural communities; Urban communities; Violence & abuse

Age groups published for

Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with

15-18; 18+

Audience size

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