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Mandy Haggith

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Contact: [email protected]
Local authority: Highland
Languages: English
Mandy Haggith's headshot

I have 12 published books – five novels (four of which are historical), five poetry books, a poetry anthology and a non-fiction book. My passions are the environment, especially bears, trees and the sea, and history, especially ancient prehistory.

I teach literature and creative writing at the University of the Highlands and Islands and love helping people of all ages to write – I am a highly experienced and qualified teacher and am happy to do sessions online. Before returning to University, I spent twenty years as an environmental activist, traveling all over the world to try to save the world's forests.

I have been poet in residence in the Edinburgh Botanics and Inverewe Gardens, and led walks and workshops all over the country, especially outdoors and online. As a historical novelist I love working with museums, schools and community groups to delve into our heritage. I live in Assynt, on a coastal wooded croft, and am a keen sailor. 

(Photo credit: Bill Ritchie)

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

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

Audience will work with

Adult learners; Outdoor learning; People experiencing mental health problems; Vulnerable young people (under 18); Vulnerable adults; Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts)

Topics of work

Activism & protest; Adventure; Animals; Coasts, seas & oceans; Contemporary fiction; Environment & climate; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Historical fiction; History; Love & romance; Music; Nature; Politics; Publishing & getting published; Religion & beliefs; Rural communities; Self-publishing & independent publishing; Travel writing

Age groups published for

Children; Teens; Adults

Age groups will work with

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

Audience size

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