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Paula Jennings

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Contact: [email protected]
Local authority: Fife
Languages: English
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My poems have been described as "rich and strange, radiating intense awareness of what it means to be alive". Supported by Arts Council bursaries and Hawthornden Fellowships, my poetry is widely published in magazines and anthologies as well as in three collections: Under a Spell Place (HappenStance, 2015), From the Body of the Green Girl (HappenStance, 2008) and Singing Lucifer (Onlywomen Press, 2002/2007).

I regularly participate in poetry events and have read in many different venues, including StAnza, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Dundee Literary Festival and Lancaster Litfest. I enjoy working across art forms and have undertaken collaborative works with Helen Robertson (artist in silver lace) and Paul Musgrove (artist, printmaker, glassmaker).

I have a special interest in working one to one with people who have dementia, using creative communication involving poetry in a variety of ways. I have become increasingly interested in how people from diverse cultures express our being in the natural world through music, drama and ritual. I am currently working with these themes in my writing. I continue to be available for readings, discussions, poetry writing workshops, individual work-in-progress sessions, and collaborations across art forms.

Local authorities will visit

Aberdeen City; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Dundee; East Lothian; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Midlothian; Perth and Kinross; Scottish Borders; Stirling; West Lothian

Events will deliver

Panel event; Reading; Talk; Workshop

Audience will work with

Adult learners; Carers; People experiencing mental health problems; People living with dementia; Vulnerable adults; Vulnerable older people

Topics of work

Activism & protest; Adventure; Ageing; Care experience; Class & society; Coasts, seas & oceans; Death, grief & bereavement; Discrimination & prejudice; Environment & climate; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Family; Friendship; Gender equality; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Human rights; Loneliness & isolation; Love & romance; Music; Nature; Politics; Poverty; Religion & beliefs; Rural communities; Seasonal books; Urban communities; Violence & abuse

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Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100