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Saskia McCracken

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Contact: [email protected]
Local authority: Glasgow City
Languages: English
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I am a Glasgow-based poet, fiction and creative nonfiction writer, with a focus on nature writing and short stories. My publications include poetry pamphlets Imperative Utopia (-algia press), Cyanotypes (Dancing Girl Press), and Common Name (Osmosis Press), and fiction The King of Birds (Hickathrift Press), and Zero Hours (Broken Sleep Books). I won the Floresta Poetry Prize, was longlisted for the Bath Flash Fiction prize and Nature Chronicles Prize, and placed second in the Streetcake Experimental Writing Prize.

I have facilitated creative writing workshops for all ages including at Impact Arts, Falkirk Community Trust, British Animal Studies Network, Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities, University of Glasgow, South Glasgow Heritage Trust, Provan Hall Community Trust, and Inverclyde Community Development Trust, where I ran a creative writing group from 2020-22.

I've been invited to read at events at Mount Florida Books, Good Press, St. Mungo’s Mirrorball showcase, West Port Gardens, the Isle of Mull, Shore Poets at The Wash Bar, and online. I am also the Print Editor at Osmosis Press. I would love to offer my services as a reader, editor, mentor, and creative writing workshop facilitator, to support your literary activities in any form and on any topic. 

Local authorities can visit

Argyll and Bute; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Glasgow City; Inverclyde; North Lanarkshire; Renfrewshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling

Events can deliver

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

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Carers; People experiencing mental health problems; Vulnerable young people (under 18); Vulnerable adults

Topics of work

Animals; Biography & memoir; Class & society; Coasts, seas & oceans; Contemporary fiction; Editing & editing your own work; Environment & climate; Food; Friendship; Gender equality; History; Nature; Publishing & getting published; Self-publishing & independent publishing; Travel writing; Urban communities

Age groups published for

Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with

0-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-11; 12-14; 15-18; 18+

Audience size

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