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Lynnda Wardle

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Contact: [email protected]
Local authority: Stirling
Languages: English
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I was born Johannesburg and have lived in Scotland since 1998. Making a new life in a different country has influenced the stories I tell about identity and the places we come to call home. My personal experience of family, adoption and immigration are the material I draw on when writing and facilitating the writing of others.

My work has appeared in various publications and anthologies including GutterNew Writing Scotlandthi wurdNew Orleans ReviewGlasgow Review of Books and PENning magazine.

In 2007 I was awarded a Creative Scotland New Writer's award and was shortlisted for the Scottish Book Trust Next Chapter Award in 2015. In 2019 I was short-listed for the Fish Memoir prize.

​I love facilitating writing workshops and encouraging writers (of all levels) from diverse backgrounds, ages, cultures and faith traditions to tell their personal stories. Memoir, life writing and the personal essay are forms I am passionate about. Most recently I delivered a series, the Writer's Kitchen, bringing food and intercultural memories of food to the table. I would be open to discuss any writing ideas that you might have.

​I have completed my first book Joburg Girl: a memoir based on my experiences of being adopted in apartheid South Africa.

Local authorities can visit

Clackmannanshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Renfrewshire; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Inverclyde; North Lanarkshire; Renfrewshire; South Ayrshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire

Events can deliver

Mentoring; Panel event; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop; Professional development, CLPL or CPD

Audience can work with

Care-experienced people

Topics of work

Biography & memoir; Childhood; Editing & editing your own work; Emigration & immigration; Family; Food; Human rights; Religion & beliefs

Age groups published for


Age groups can work with

15-18; 18+

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100