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Margaret Skea

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Contact: margaretskea@hotmail.co.uk
Local authority: Scottish Borders
Languages: English
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I am an Hawthornden Fellow, prize-winning historical novelist and short story writer, previously employed as a creative writing tutor. I grew up in Ulster at the height of the Troubles, but now live with my husband in the Scottish Borders.

Awards include:

Short story credits include: Neil Gunn, Chrysalis Prize, Winchester Short Story, Booktown Writers, Mslexia, Rubery, Fish Short Story, Matthew Pritchard Award and Fish One Page Prize.

I am passionate about authenticity and particularly interested in the concept of living within conflict, and the resultant pressures on family, relationships, the tensions created by diverse loyalties and tribalism, and the accompanying moral, ethical and emotional dilemmas.

I am happy to do readings, talks, workshops and presentations, whether formal or informal, interactive or straightforward, in any venue or setting. I have extensive experience of working with children and teenagers on creative writing and particular historical topics.

(Photo credit: Hector Innes Photography)

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; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop; Chairing events

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Vulnerable young people (under 18); Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts)

Topics of work

Biography & memoir; Editing & editing your own work; Historical fiction; History; Publishing & getting published; Religion & beliefs; Wars & conflicts

Age groups published for

Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with

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

Audience size

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