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Linda Cracknell

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Other contact method: Website: lindacracknell.com
Local authority: Perth and Kinross
Languages: English
Linda Cracknell's headshot

Linda Cracknell is a writer of fiction, non-fiction and radio drama as well as a self-employed teacher of creative writing in various settings. This includes a regular workshop in the Moroccan Sahara and a number of workshops which integrate walking and outdoor exploration with creative writing. Landscape, place and memory are key themes in her work.

She was editor of a non-fiction anthology on the wild places of Britain and Ireland, A Wilder Vein (Two Ravens Press, 2009). Following two published collections of short stories, her novel Call of the Undertow was published in 2013 (Freight). It concerns a female cartographer who befriends a talented local boy and is described as a "haunting tale of motherhood, guilt, myth and redemption set on the rugged coast of Caithness at Scotland's furthest edge".

Doubling Back: Ten Paths Trodden in Memory published in 2014 (Freight), and is an account of a series of walks Linda took, each following a story from the past personal, biographical or communal. It was a Radio 4 Book of the Week. She has continued to write about walking in magazine pieces for the Walk Highlands online magazine and is currently a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Stirling University. (Photo credit: Robin Dance)

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

Audience will work with

Adult learners; English as an additional language (EAL); Intergenerational learning; Outdoor learning; Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts)

Topics of work

Adventure; Biography & memoir; Coasts, seas & oceans; Contemporary fiction; Editing & editing your own work; Environment & climate; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Nature; Publishing & getting published; Rural communities; Travel writing

Age groups published for

Children; Adults

Age groups will work with

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

Audience size

0-10; 11-30