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Sylvia Hehir

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Other contact method: Website: sylviahehir.com
Local authority: Highland
Languages: English
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I am a writer living and working by the sea in the West Highlands. I write contemporary fiction including YA novels, short stories and drama scripts. My debut YA thriller Sea Change, published by Stirling Publishing, was winner of the Pitlochry Quaich. One Last Push, my radio play featuring Gary Lewis and Sharon Rooney, was broadcast by BBC Radio Scotland.

I gained a doctorate in creative writing from University of Glasgow in 2018 and I received a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award for Children's fiction in 2013. As a former secondary music and guidance teacher I continue to work as a supply teacher.

I am available for readings, author talks, presentations and creative writing workshops to all ages. For school visits I can tailor workshops to accommodate various levels and educational needs and I can provide teaching resources relating to the issues explored in my YA fiction. I have appeared at literary festivals and creative writing conferences, including the National Association of Writers in Education conference where I presented finding from my PhD research.

Websites featuring the author

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

Mentoring; Panel event; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop; Professional development, CLPL or CPD; Chairing events

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Outdoor learning; Reluctant readers; Vulnerable young people (under 18); Young people with additional support needs (under 18) (ASN/SEN)

Topics of work

Adolescence; Class & society; Contemporary fiction; Crime fiction; Discrimination & Prejudice; Editing & editing your own work; Family; Friendship; Gender equality; LGBTQIA+ characters; Mystery & thriller; Nature; Poverty; Publishing & getting published; Rural communities

Age groups published for

Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with

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

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100