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Linda Gask

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Local authority: Orkney Islands
Languages: English
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I first came to Orkney at the age of 18 and settled permanently in 2020, having lived here for several years part-time. I am half Scottish by birth, was brought up in England but educated at the University of Edinburgh. I write literary non-fiction, am an active member of Stromness Writer’s Group in Orkney and have extensive experience of public speaking both in my second career as a writer giving talks about my memoir writing, and as an academic before that. I am interested in speaking to adult audiences, and also in developing/delivering workshops for memoir and life-story writing.

I spent my life working as a psychiatrist and researcher, but have written two memoirs in the last couple of decades:

I have also been published in The Guardian and maintain a blog about mental health.

(Photo credit: John Manton)

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

Panel event; Reading; Talk; Workshop; Chairing events

Audience will work with

People experiencing mental health problems

Topics of work

Biography & memoir; Childhood; Class & society; Death, grief & bereavement; Drug addiction, alcoholism & substance abuse; Family; Friendship; Gender equality; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Loneliness & isolation; Nature; Religion & beliefs; Travel writing

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Age groups will work with


Audience size

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