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Laura Waddell

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Other contact method: Website: lauraewaddell.com/contact/
Local authority: Glasgow City
Languages: English
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Laura Waddell is a publisher and writer. Her first book Exit explores exits in architecture, transport, ancestry, language, garbage, death, and art. (‘Roaming from Glasgow to Kowloon Walled City, Laura Waddell's Exit is deft, compelling and deep’ - Darran Anderson; ‘An incredible writer’ - First Minister Nicola Sturgeon).

She has been widely published in anthologies including Nasty Women, The Digital Critic, and Know Your Place.

She contributes regularly to cultural panels on BBC Radio Scotland, has written literary criticism for the Times Literary Supplement and The Guardian, and is a weekly columnist for The Scotsman newspaper, for which she won a Write to End Violence Against Women Award in 2019.

As a Publisher, she is UK Director of Tramp Press, having previously worked across independent and big publishing. She is a frequent visiting lecturer and board member of Gutter magazine. She is available to speak about literature, feminism, class, publishing, and her own writing. She has mentored and run workshops for emerging writers, critics, and publishers.

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

Topics of work

Activism & protest; Biography & memoir; Class & society; Contemporary fiction; Editing & editing your own work; Emigration & immigration; Food; Gender equality; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Human rights; LGBTQIA+ characters; Loneliness & isolation; Performance training; Politics; Poverty; Publishing & getting published; Self-publishing & independent publishing; Urban communities

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+