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R L McKinney

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Contact: rlmckinney@btinternet.com
Local authority: Midlothian
Languages: English
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I am a writer of contemporary fiction, a community development practitioner and a trained counsellor. In addition to writing for publication, I am passionate about supporting people to write for personal empowerment and therapeutic purposes. I also go by Rebecca McKinney.

I've always believed that the best fiction shows the truth of what it means to be a human being. The common thread that runs through all of my writing is the individual's struggle to make peace with a contentious life.

I have published two novels: The Angel in the Stone (2017), which was shortlisted for the Highland Book Prize, and Blast Radius (2015), as well as a number of short stories and poems. I have been involved with organising the first Literally Newbattle Book Festival at Newbattle Abbey College in Dalkeith, taught creative writing in community settings and have worked with community groups and organisations for many years. (Photo credit: Jamie McKinney)

Local authorities can visit

Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; East Lothian; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Midlothian; North Lanarkshire; Perth and Kinross; Scottish Borders; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Lothian

Events can deliver

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

Audience can work with

Adult learners; People experiencing mental health problems; Vulnerable adults; Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts)

Topics of work

Adolescence; Ageing; Childhood; Class & society; Contemporary fiction; Death, grief & bereavement; Family; Friendship; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Loneliness & isolation; Music; Nature; Politics; Poverty; Religion & beliefs; Rural communities; Wars & conflicts

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Audience size

0-10; 11-30