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Marc Sherland

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Contact: marcsherland@me.com
Local authority: Renfrewshire
Languages: English, Scots
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Marc is a creative writing tutor who facilitates the performing writing group, Word Factory. He designed three early learning packs on Robert Burns and the Scottish Leid for use in Schools and Burns Clubs. Tutor for the Workers’ Educational Association he concluded a series of sessions with Maryhill Writers’ Group, devising a reflective course, commemorating the abolition of the slave trade. The anthology commissioned, Reforging Broken Links, was distributed to delegates at the WEA International Conference. He has also worked on remembrance material with a group in Clydebank all of whom were affected by strokes. Through this project he developed a package for recording individual life stories.

As former facilitator of the Write Attitude Group, Marc supported the creative writing output from people challenged by health and emotional issues. Between 2010 and 2013 he helped them promote exhibition and performances through an annual Headspace event at The Bridge in Easterhouse. In 2012 he was invited to address inmates of HMP Dumfries in sessions on writing. He has since joined the Scottish Prison Arts Network (SPAN). In 2013 Marc was engaged by the NHS to work with a small group of refugees in a project to celebrate Scottish Heritage and their place within it.

(Works in Scots)

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

Mentoring; Panel event; Performance; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop; Chairing events

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Care-experienced people; English as an additional language (EAL); Intergenerational learning; People experiencing mental health problems; Prisoners & young offenders; Vulnerable adults

Topics of work

Activism & protest; Ageing; Biography & memoir; Childhood; Class & society; Contemporary fiction; Crime fiction; Death, grief & bereavement; Discrimination & prejudice; Editing & editing your own work; Event production; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Family; Fantasy; Gender equality; Historical fiction; History; Horror; Human rights; LGBTQIA+ characters; Loneliness & isolation; Love & romance; Mystery & thriller; Performance training; Poverty; Publishing & getting published; Religion & beliefs; Science; Science fiction; Seasonal books; Self-publishing & independent publishing

Age groups published for

Children; Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with

15-18; 18+

Audience size

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