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Katharine Macfarlane

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Contact: katharine@sgriobh.scot
Local authority: Highland
Languages: English
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I am an award-winning Skye-based poet, writer, workshop facilitator and ex-Children and Young People’s Librarian whose lyrical poetry is rooted in the history, landscape and folklore of Scotland.

With a passion for creating connections, celebrating communities and championing underrepresented voices my work explores themes such as identity, parenthood, violence, tradition, environment, relationships and journeys.

I have experience of working with all age groups, particularly with children and young people from Early Years to Secondary School level both in person and online.

As an artist who is inspired by the environment I enjoy working outdoors and encouraging participants to explore and feel rooted in their communities whether through poetry walks or map-book making.

I have experience of developing and delivering multi-disciplinary themed workshops in; poetry (written and spoken word), flash fiction, journaling, scrap booking, placemaking, storyboxes, zine creation and traditional and digital storytelling. I would be delighted to work with you to develop a workshop or event suited to your needs.

I was the Scottish Slam Poetry Champion 2020 and my work has been published in numerous anthologies and journals with a full collection of poetry published in 2021 by Speculative Books.

(Photo credit: Chris Scott)

Websites featuring the author

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

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

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Intergenerational learning; Outdoor learning; People experiencing mental health problems; Reluctant readers; Vulnerable young people (under 18); 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; Animals; Childhood; Coasts, seas & oceans; Death, grief & bereavement; Emigration & immigration; Environment & climate; Event production; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Family; First experiences for younger readers; Food; Friendship; Health including mental health & wellbeing; History; Island communities; Loneliness & isolation; Love & romance; Nature; Politics; Poverty; Rural communities; Travel writing; Violence & abuse

Age groups published for

Children; Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with

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

Audience size

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