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Karen Herbison

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Contact: [email protected]
Local authority: Renfrewshire
Languages: English, Scots
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Tillie The Naughty Fairy and Her Grandpa’s Teeth sprung from magical story-making with her daughter, Karrie. She, first, worked on the book with local creatives (Sue Kirkwood as editor and Kevin Cantwell as illustrator).

Following a 25-year social care career, Karen is a freelance Creative Project Designer, Facilitator, Writer/Playwright, Actor, Director, Producer based in Paisley.

She designs and facilitates community groups in (award-winning) large scale creative to performance projects, workshop programmes, social care trouble-shooting training, directs plays and musicals, co-written a local musical film, performed campaign/statement, conference and event pieces and character appearances. Karen was commissioned to design and deliver workshops for Advanced Higher English pupils (across several Councils) based on one of her plays.

As a Company Director of Punch Productions, Karen created her first plays and co-wrote their highly popular Punch Pandemonium Goes To… sketch show brand.

Karen researches and delivers unique Immortal Memory pieces at events and her popular Burns’n’Stuff evenings.

Other than Tillie’s adventures, her favourite writing experience and journey, has been with her play Say You Love Me. Originally a dinner-theatre piece, it enjoyed West Coast dates, full house/standing ovation status at the Edinburgh Fringe and Off (off)-Broadway for dates in October/November 2016.

Local authorities will 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 will deliver

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

Audience will work with

Adult learners; Carers; Intergenerational learning; Outdoor learning; Adults with additional support needs; People experiencing mental health problems; People living with dementia; 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

Adolescence; Ageing; Childhood; Class & society; Comedy, humour & funny books; Death, grief & bereavement; Discrimination & prejudice; Editing & editing your own work; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Family; First experiences for younger readers; Friendship; Gender equality; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Human rights; LGBTQIA+ characters; Loneliness & isolation; Love & romance; Nature; Performance training; Picture books; Poverty; Publishing & getting published; Religion & beliefs; Rhyming books for younger readers; Seasonal books; Self-publishing & independent publishing; Urban communities; Violence & abuse

Age groups published for

Children; Teens; Adults

Age groups will work with

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

Audience size

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