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P. M. Freestone

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Contact: [email protected]
Local authority: Fife
Languages: English
P. M. Freestone's headshot

I write fantasy and other speculative fiction, mainly for young people. My short stories have been published in print and online and have been taught in schools. My debut YA novel Shadowscent (Scholastic) was released in 2019 and has so far been acquired in eight languages. The sequel is planned for 2020.

I'm a queer immigrant of working class roots. Neither of my parents finished high school, but they always took me to the library. This led to degrees in archaeology, religious history and a PhD in the sociology of infectious diseases as a prestigious Commonwealth Scholar. I'm happy to talk about this journey, and my road to becoming an author, to engage audiences of diverse backgrounds and identities. This experience informs my creative work and teaching.

My favourite workshops to run are on worldbuilding, evoking setting, writing with the senses, and using speculative genres to ask challenging questions about the way we live. In addition to my creative work, I'm an award-winning writing consultant with a decade's experience of designing and facilitating writing support programmes. Today, I work with universities and other organisations around the world, where I teach writing productivity, motivation, overcoming procrastination and dealing with writer's block. (Photo credit: Josephine Teng)

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

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

Audience will work with

Adult learners; English as an additional language (EAL); Adults with additional support needs; People experiencing mental health problems

Topics of work

Activism & protest; Adolescence; Adventure; Class & society; Discrimination & prejudice; Editing & editing your own work; Emigration & immigration; Environment & climate; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Family; Fantasy; First experiences for younger readers; Friendship; Gender equality; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Historical fiction; History; LGBTQIA+ characters; Love & romance; Nature; Politics; Poverty; Publishing & getting published; Religion & beliefs; Science fiction

Age groups published for

Children; Teens; Adults

Age groups will work with

12-14; 15-18; 18+

Audience size

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