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Karen Campbell

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Contact: info@karencampbell.scot
Local authority: Dumfries and Galloway
Languages: English, Scots
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I live in Galloway, but am originally from Glasgow, where I graduated with an MLitt (Distinction) in Creative Writing from Glasgow University in 2003. Before becoming a writer, I worked as a police officer in Glasgow city centre, and then as a press officer with Glasgow City Council.

While my subjects range from contemporary inner city policing, to refugees, to choosing a side in WW2 Italy, the themes I keep returning to are identity, family and relationships. I'm especially interested in social issues, in margins and facades and people on the edges.

In addition to mentoring, giving readings and leading creative writing workshops with adults and secondary pupils, I've also worked with young offenders, people who are homeless, female prisoners, asylum seekers and refugees, and I'm happy to tailor any talks or workshops to your individual needs.

(Photo credit: John Devlin)

(Works in Scots)

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; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop

Audience can work with

Care-experienced people; Carers; People experiencing mental health problems; Prisoners & young offenders; Vulnerable young people (under 18)

Topics of work

Activism & protest; Characters of colour & BAME characters; Class & society; Contemporary fiction; Crime fiction; Discrimination & prejudice; Editing & editing your own work; Emigration & immigration; Friendship; Historical fiction; Human rights; Loneliness & isolation; Politics; Poverty; Urban communities; Violence & abuse; World War 2

Age groups published for


Age groups can work with

12-14; 15-18; 18+

Audience size

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