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Stuart A. Paterson

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Email stuartapaterson1966@hotmail.com
Local authority: Dumfries and Galloway
Languages: English, Scots
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Stuart is an acclaimed, award-winning poet and performer of his work in English and Scots.  From 2017-18 he was BBC Scotland’s Poet in Residence. Raised and educated in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, he has held many writing residences and has extensive experience of working in the areas of family outreach, housing/homeless support and residential childcare. Author of several collections and widely published, anthologised and filmed worldwide, he received an Eric Gregory Award from the UK Society of Authors in 1992 and a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship, from the Scottish Book Trust in 2014. Stuart has a proven track record of initiating and encouraging engagement in creative writing in many sectors of the community – primary and secondary schools, libraries, progressing writers, mental health and wellbeing, the elderly and in the area of Scots language. Since 2018, he’s been involved in large-scale community engagement with the Lowland Project, at The Stove in Dumfries, establishing the hugely successful High Street Writers and continuously engaging with the wider non-writing community to establish a ‘town centre regeneration narrative’. In summer 2019 he was a visiting lecturer and tutor in minority languages and poetry at Rhodes University and St. Andrew's College, Grahamstown, in South Africa.

(Photo credit: David Ho/Sandie Knudsen)

n summer 2019 he was a visiting lecturer and tutor in minority languages and poetry at Rhodes University and St. Andrew’s College, Grahamstown, in South Africa

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen; 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

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

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Care-experienced people; Carers; Intergenerational learning; Outdoor learning; People experiencing mental health problems; People living with dementia; Prisoners & young offenders; Reluctant readers; Vulnerable young people (under 18); Vulnerable adults; Vulnerable older people; Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts); Young people with additional support needs (under 18) (ASN/SEN)

Topics of work

Activism & protest; Animals; Biography & memoir; Care experience; Childhood; Class & society; Coasts, seas & oceans; Comedy, humour & funny books; Death, grief & bereavement; Discrimination & Prejudice; Editing & editing your own work; Emigration & immigration; Environment & climate; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Family; Friendship; Gender equality; Health including mental health & wellbeing; History; Human rights; Island communities; Loneliness & isolation; Love & romance; Music; Nature; Performance training; Politics; Poverty; Religion & Beliefs; Rhyming books for younger readers; Rural communities; Science; Sports; Translation; Travel writing; Urban communities; Wars & conflicts; World War 1; World War 2

Age groups published for

Children; Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with

6-8; 9-11; 12-14; 15-18; Adults

Audience size

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