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Martin Stepek

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Contact: mstepek@hotmail.co.uk
Local authority: South Lanarkshire
Languages: English
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I focus on three main areas in my creative life: mindfulness, poetry, and my Polish-Scottish heritage. I have taught mindfulness since 2004 and was the Sunday Herald's weekly columnist on the subject. I have written and published six books on the subject. I have published three volumes of poetry, on the death of my grandmother from starvation in WW2, on how to live freely and mindfully, and a verse dialogue with one of the great living Polish-American poets. I have made a film about my father's life; tragic during WW2 in Poland, then a remarkable success in Scotland. Thus my work blends wellbeing, creativity, and heritage in a deep, personal but hopefully universal way.

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; Residency; Talk; Workshop; Professional development, CLPL or CPD; Chairing events

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Care-experienced people; Carers; Outdoor learning; People experiencing mental health problems; Prisoners & young offenders; Vulnerable young people (under 18); Vulnerable adults; Vulnerable older people; Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts)

Topics of work

Activism & protest; Ageing; Biography & memoir; Care experience; Death, grief & bereavement; Drug addiction, alcoholism & substance abuse; Emigration & immigration; Environment & climate; Food; Health including mental health & wellbeing; History; Loneliness & isolation; Music; Nature; Politics; Poverty; Religion & beliefs; Science; Wars & conflicts; 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; 100-500; 500+