Speakers Corner

I am Fran Macilvey, a Scottish author and speaker.  I live in Edinburgh, Scotland.

My first book, Trapped: My Life with Cerebral Palsy is an Amazon International Bestseller (ISBN:1510704124).

Being born into a body that offers challenges and peculiarly unique perspectives, I have had to learn to cherish the gifts that life brings me.  I’ve learned that depression and loss are not the inevitable companions of a challenging life.  I’ve been an optimist, a pessimist, an atheist, a people pleaser and a wall flower.  Now, I just enjoy being me.

Here you can find details of my some of my appearances and upcoming speaking dates.

I am delighted to offer talks, book signings and workshops to suit your particular interests and the aims of your organisation.  It is helpful to know what topics are of most interest, so that I can arrive suitably prepared.  Particular interests include: (dis)Ability, social inclusion, personal empowerment, how to find happiness, the creative process, writing and editing, and effective communication.

The usual length of a talk or presentation is about 30 minutes + Q’s & A’s of 30 minutes.

My appearance as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2015 at Venue 40 (the Quaker Meeting House) was an absolute joy and privilege.

I have been interviewed by Michael McEwan, journalist extraordinaire as part of his regular Thursday evening slot on Able radio; and I featured as a guest on the September 2015 ‘Disability Now’ podcast to talk about the experiences that led me to write ‘Trapped’ and join the hugely entertaining round-table discussion.

I have guested on Carol Graham’s radio show ‘Never Ever Give Up Hope’ and you can hear our radio interview on Carol Graham’s blog, on Apple i-tunes and as a stitcher podcast.  I so much enjoyed sharing and swapping experiences with Carol and I hope you enjoy listening and will encourage all your friends to share, comment and review.

Together with Michael McEwan, I facilitated a workshop at the first ever SNP party conference for members with disabilities, in Glasgow, on 30th January 2016.  I am immensely grateful to Jamie Szymkowiak for this opportunity.

For a complete list of my articles and appearances to date please contact me.  If you would like to check out some of my most recent publications, please take a look at my Linkedin profile.

You can also contact me using the ‘contact’ form on this website, through the ‘Live Literature’  scheme of the Scottish Book Trust or by emailing franmacilvey@fastmail.fm.

Thanks for reading.


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