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Liz MacRae Shaw

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Contact: lizmacraeshaw@outlook.com
Local authority: Highland
Languages: English, Gaelic
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I live on the Isle of Skye and write historical fiction set in the 19th century which has a strong Highland flavour. I studied History at university where I found the syllabus to be very Anglo-centric. The Celtic neighbours only appeared as bit players when they were revolting against the English. I was able to redress the balance by spending my summer holidays with my grandparents on the island where the distinctive language, music and culture of the Hebrides seeped into my awareness and has inspired me ever since.

I'm an enthusiastic speaker, experienced at engaging with a wide range of audiences. I have appeared at a number of book festivals and given talks in bookshops, libraries, schools and museums. I have also spoken to a variety of different groups such as Scottish Women's Rural Institute, Rotary and University of the Third Age branches, local history groups and lunch clubs. I am happy to speak about my writing, historical research or historical fiction in general. I can also offer workshops on fiction writing.

(Works in Gaelic)

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

Panel event; Reading; Talk; Workshop

Audience can work with

Adult learners

Topics of work

Biography & memoir; Emigration & immigration; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Historical fiction; History; Island communities; World War 1; World War 2

Age groups published for


Age groups can work with

15-18; 18+

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100