Author and Speaker on Disability, Social Inclusion and Personal Empowerment

Fran Macilvey is an author, speaker, and workshop facilitator based in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Her particular interests include disability and social inclusion, personal empowerment and effective communication.

Fran Macilvey

Fran’s first book, Trapped: My Life with Cerebral Palsy (ISBN:1628737611) is an Amazon international bestseller, available in hardcover, paperback, e-book and audiobook (narrated by the author).

Fran has now completed an adaptation of Trapped for radio, and is writing the stage play, two projects based around the same work, each with very different complexions.

Fran’s second and third books, Happiness Matters and Making Miracles take up the lessons of Trapped and explore how, in even the most challenging circumstances, we can find happiness, success and a sense of purpose.  Both volumes are submission ready.

As well as Trapped, Happiness Matters and Making Miracles, Fran is writing a series of novels:  Lisa Somerville: Lessons in Matrimonial Law tells the story of Lisa and her family; The Seduction of Susan Scott features one of Lisa’s clients; and Pip is about another client facing a custody battle.  The characters and their situations are drawn from Fran’s time working as a solicitor in Scotland.

To see outlines, synopses or proposals for any of the above, please contact Fran.

Fran has a loyal and committed readership worldwide.  She writes a blog, speaks on a wide range of subjects and gives book signings and readings.  She is also able to facilitate short workshops (1 hour + 30 minutes Q &A) themed around the insights in her books Happiness Matters and Making Miracles.

On behalf of Capability Scotland, she appeared on BBC Radio Scotland.  She has also been interviewed for ableradio, and has featured as a guest on the ‘Disability Now’ monthly podcast.  She recently co-hosted a workshop at the first ever SNP Conference for Members with Disabilities, in Glasgow.

You can contact Fran using the ‘contact’ form on this website, through the ‘Live Literature’  scheme of the Scottish Book Trust or by emailing

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I am so grateful to all my friends, supporters, readers and allies, from whom I continue to learn and by whom I am inspired and motivated, especially my publishers, Skyhorse, my agent Isabel Atherton, my editor, Claire Wingfield, and all my friends from Authonomy.

My family – bless them all! – give me the space, time and resources I need to progress my ambitions, for which I am eternally grateful.

Other plans for 2016 include further promotion, speaking, attending the London Book Fair in April, and the Frankfurt Book Fair in October, as well as much more writing.

Please browse, read my blog and contact me if you wish.

Thank you for reading.