I have taught script-editing and creative writing for a number of organisations including the Skriva Writing School, National Galleries of Scotland and the Edinburgh International Festival.
Skriva Writing School
I provided script-editor input for two courses in 2015/16 and 2016/17 helping adults to create a TV Pilot script.
National Galleries of Scotland
I have led many courses and workshops for adults and children at the National Galleries of Scotland including: Illustration and Text with artist, Audrey Grant and Jonathan Gibbs, Head of Illustration at Edinburgh College of Art; Introduction to Art Criticism, with contributions from writer and journalist, Susan Mansfield of The Scotsman; creative writing workshops for primary and secondary school groups to accompany the annual Inspired! Get Writing competition; and one-day creative writing courses for adults to accompany exhibitions including ‘John Bellany: A Passion for Life’, ‘Van Gogh to Kandinsky: Symbolist Landscape in Europe 1880-1910’, and ‘Edvard Munch: Graphic Works from the Gundersen Collection’.
Edinburgh International Festival
From 2010-2014 I was Writer-in-Residence at the Royal High School in Edinburgh, running creative writing courses for S4, S5 and S6 pupils as part of the Edinburgh International Festival year-round education programme.
Themes that underpinned our work included: a look at war using Guillaume Apollinaire’s WW1 calligrammes; Samuel Beckett and the creative use of technology in writing; experiments with form through the lens of writers from Asia and the Far East; and short fiction with a post-colonial theme. The latter culminated in two publications of student work, Triangle 1 and Triangle 2 and a festival exhibition at The Hub in Edinburgh.
I also led, Folding Words, a letter writing project for primary schools, culminating in an exhibition at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh.
In 2015 I worked with S1 pupils from the Royal High School in Edinburgh to complement work they were doing on A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, culminating in a mini (monster) Book Festival .
As part of the Edinburgh University Open Studies Summer Programme in 2013 I led a short course for adults – Artefacts: the Power of Objects to Inspire. The Course is a poem written by participant Gill Green about her experience of the sessions.
I ran a literary tour and treasure hunt on behalf of Biggar Museums Trust to accompany my residency at Brownsbank Cottage in 2012 – the last home of poet Hugh MacDiarmid and his wife Valda.
I undertook Book Doctor ‘surgeries’ at the Wigtown International Book Festival in 2010 and 2011.
In 2010 I took part in the Scottish Book Trust’s Writers in Schools programme – a three-week course on creating and improving short fiction for S3 pupils at Inveralmond High School, Livingston. This culminated in a Book Festival, a publication, Outbreak! and a presentation to teachers at the conference, ‘Artists and A Curriculum for Excellence’ in Glasgow.