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Simon Lamb is a poet and performer whose work appeals to audiences of all ages. After a degree in mathematics, a surprisingly poetic stint in a supermarket, and a short career as a Primary School teacher, he eventually gave in to his passions of writing and performing to pursue them full-time.
Drawing upon his experiences in the classroom, he now works extensively in schools to deliver themed poetry workshops and longer-term projects with an aim to entertain, ignite and inspire students and staff in his signature effervescent way. According to the Literacy and English Coordinator of North Ayrshire, Simon has “changed the face of how we teach poetry in our schools.”
Simon is a dynamic and engaging speaker and performer. Whether hosting, headlining or otherwise, he conjures warmth and wit on any stage, and does so with a joyous elan.
He has lived on the west, east and north coasts of Scotland, never far from the sea, and currently lives in Ayrshire, where he is the Scriever, the writer-in-residence at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, 2022–2025.
Simon’s debut poetry collection – A Passing On of Shells – was published in 2023 by Scallywag Press, fully-illustrated by former Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell.
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
Chairing events; Panel event; Performance; Professional development, CLPL or CPD; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop
Topics of work
Adventure; Animals; Childhood; Coasts, seas & oceans; Comedy, humour & funny books; Editing & editing your own work; Event production; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Family; Friendship; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Nature; Performance training; Picture books; Publishing & getting published; Rhyming books for younger readers; Self-publishing & independent publishing