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Maureen Sangster

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Contact: [email protected]
Local authority: Fife
Languages: English, Scots
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Maureen Sangster is a poet, mini-playwright and artist. She writes in Scots and English, drawing on the Doric of her North East roots and the Scots of Fife where she now lives. Her mini-plays on topics such as silver Surfers, ageing, female friendships and moving on are for reading/performance and subsequent discussion.

She likes to entertain in her writing as well as explore emotional and social issues, as in her award winning third poetry collection Menopausal Bedtime Rhymes. She writes in response to particular localities as in The Caerlaverock Cat, an audiobook in Scots for children, and has created poetry inspired by conversations with folk in particular communities, drawing on memory, heritage and affection for place as in Circle Line ConverStations, a collaborative project with Sheena Berry that celebrated the Fife Circle Line in Rail and Art and Writing posters. This project won a Community Rail Award.

She is an experienced tutor and workshop facilitator delivering creative writing, writing for wellbeing, bibliotherapy, and art-inspired creative writing workshops. She also gives talks on Robert Burns. She loves giving readings of her work in Scots and English.

Local authorities can visit

Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; Edinburgh City; Fife; North Lanarkshire; Perth and Kinross; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Bibliotherapy; Mentoring; Panel event; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Care-experienced people; People experiencing mental health problems; People living with dementia; Vulnerable adults; Vulnerable older people

Topics of work

Adventure; Ageing; Animals; Death, grief & bereavement; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Friendship; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Loneliness & isolation; Nature; Religion & beliefs; Self-publishing & independent publishing

Age groups published for

Children; Adults

Age groups can work with

15-18; 18+

Audience size

0-10; 11-30