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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 primary school teacher who grew up in north 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.

I'm passionate about creating inclusive worlds in my novels where all children can see a reflection of themselves in a heroic role. I love visiting schools and speaking at festivals to encourage children of all ages to write their own stories and exercise their imaginations, and I have been author in residence at Forrester High School, and patron of reading at Brechin High School.

I have lots of experience of running hour-long interactive, activity-based book talks, as well as longer in-depth creative writing workshops for children and adults, which can be based around diverse themes ranging from fantasy, science fiction and contemporary issues. The main aim of my school visits is to help children develop their own love of reading and inspire them to tell their own unique tales through fun, child-centred activities.

Websites featuring the author

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; Adults

Audience size

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