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Victoria Williamson

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Contact: victoria.r.williamson@googlemail.com
Local authority: East Dunbartonshire
Languages: English
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I'm a children's author and qualified teacher who grew up in Glasgow hooked on books and adventure! After studying Physics at the University of Glasgow, I set out on my own real life adventures, which included teaching Maths and Science in Cameroon, training teachers in Malawi, teaching English in China and working with children with additional support needs in the UK.

My published novels include The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle (2018 – Floris Books), and The Boy with the Butterfly Mind (2019 – Floris Books) which were based on my experiences of teaching children with diverse backgrounds. These have been shortlisted for a number of awards, as well as winning the 2020/21 Bolton Children’s Fiction Award.

My latest book, Hag Storm (Cranachan Publishing – 2021), is a spooky historical fiction novel based on the life of the young Robert Burns and his encounters with the witches from his poem Tam o’ Shanter. In 2022 I have a teen eco-thriller coming out with Neem Tree Press featuring a diverse cast of characters.

I divide my time between writing, visiting schools, speaking at festivals, and running workshops to encourage young people of all ages to write their own stories and exercise their imaginations,

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

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

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Care-experienced people; English as an additional language (EAL); Reluctant readers; Vulnerable young people (under 18); Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts); Young people with additional support needs (under 18) (ASN/SEN)

Topics of work

Adolescence; Adventure; Animals; Characters of colour & BAME characters; Childhood; Class & society; Contemporary fiction; Death, grief & bereavement; Discrimination & prejudice; Drug addiction, alcoholism & substance abuse; Editing & editing your own work; Emigration & immigration; Environment & climate; Event production; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Family; Fantasy; Friendship; Gender equality; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Historical fiction; History; Horror; Human rights; LGBTQIA+ characters; Loneliness & isolation; Love & romance; Mystery & thriller; Nature; Politics; Poverty; Publishing & getting published; Religion & beliefs; Science; Science fiction; Seasonal books; Wars & conflicts

Age groups published for

Children; Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with

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

Audience size

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