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Sue Peebles

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Contact: suepeebles@operamail.com
Local authority: Fife
Languages: English
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I am a novelist working in Fife. I was born in Arbroath and have lived in Detroit, Dunoon, Dumfries and Dundee. I left school as soon as was legally possible and worked in hotels, bars and laboratories for several years before graduating in Psychology. I have since been a researcher, social worker and university teacher. My first novel won the Saltire Award and the Scottish First Book Award, and was short-listed for Scottish Book of the Year. My second novel was shortlisted for The Encore Prize. I have worked with Arvon and Moniack Mhor as a creative writing tutor on residential courses. Previous appearances include literary festivals, libraries, discussion panels, hospitals, book groups. I am available for readings, residencies or workshops across a wide range of settings such as writing groups, book groups, and including groupings within the Arts, education, health, and social care contexts.

As well as readings and discussion of the writing process, events can be tailored to explore wider themes such as: language & meaning; family relationships; dynamics of care; dementia and mental health issues; ageing; loss; personhood; oppressive relations.

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

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

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Care-experienced people; Carers; People experiencing mental health problems; Prisoners & young offenders; Vulnerable adults; Vulnerable older people

Topics of work

Ageing; Care experience; Childhood; Class & society; Contemporary fiction; Death, grief & bereavement; Discrimination & prejudice; Editing & editing your own work; Family; Gender equality; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Politics; Publishing & getting published; Violence & abuse

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Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100