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Sandra Alland

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Contact: sandra@blissfultimes.ca
Local authority: Glasgow City
Languages: English
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Sandra is a Glasgow-based writer specialising in poetry, fiction, essays, and criticism. Her work experiments with form, and focuses on feminist, queer and disabled politics/poetics.

Author of three poetry books, Sandra co-edited the UK anthology, Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf & Disabled Poets Write Back (Nine Arches, 2017). Her short stories have been commissioned by British Council and for several Comma Press anthologies (including 2017's Protest). Canada's Proper Tales Press has just published her second pamphlet of fiction, Anything Not Measurable Is Not Real.


Recent essays appear in The Bi-ble: New Testimonials (Monstrous Regiment, 2019) and Imaginary Safe House: Canadian Disability Poetics (HA&L/Frog Hollow, 2019).

Sandra lived in Edinburgh for eight years, and was part of the inaugural West Port Book Festival, Golden Hour, and Neu! Reekie!. As a founding member of multimedia collectives Zorras and They They Theys, she was highly active in the rejuvenation of live poetry in Scotland. The multimedia performance of Sandra's story, 'Equivalence', featured at Anatomy, The Barbican, and Edinburgh Filmhouse.

Live appearances include: Scottish Poetry Library, Aye Write!, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Last Words (Roundhouse), Ledbury Festival, Jawdance (Apples and Snakes), Soho Theatre, Ottawa International Writers Festival, and universities including Strathclyde, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Toronto.

(Photo credit: Tiu Makkonen)

Websites featuring the author

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

Mentoring; Panel event; Performance; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop; Chairing events

Audience can work with

Adult learners; English as an additional language (EAL); Adults with additional support needs; People experiencing mental health problems; People living with dementia; Vulnerable adults; Vulnerable older people; Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts)

Topics of work

Activism & protest; Biography & memoir; Class & society; Contemporary fiction; Discrimination & Prejudice; Editing & editing your own work; Emigration & immigration; Event production; Gender equality; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Historical fiction; History; Human rights; LGBTQIA+ characters; Politics; Poverty; Science fiction; Self-publishing & independent publishing; Urban communities

Age groups published for

Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with

12-14; 15-18; Adults

Audience size

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