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, Author and Speaker on Disability, Social Inclusion and Personal Empowerment

Fran’s memoir Trapped: My Life with Cerebral Palsy (ISBN 978-1-510704121) (Skyhorse Publishing, 2016) is an Amazon international bestseller (paperback, hardcover, e-book and audiobook narrated by the author).

Fran has completed an adaptation of Trapped for radio and is writing the stage play.

Fran’s second and third books Happiness Matters (ISBN: 978-1-999713607) and Making Miracles (October 2017) take up the lessons of Trapped and explore how, in even the most challenging circumstances, we can find happiness and success in challenging times.

Fran is writing a series of novels about women and the law, the first of which, Lisa Somerville: Lessons in Matrimonial Law is nearing completion. The characters and their situations are inspired by Fran’s time working as a solicitor in Scotland.

Fran was born premature and disabled in the Congo in 1965. In 1972 she returned to Scotland where she faced painful orthopedic operations and later spent eight years in boarding school. She worked as a solicitor for ten years before turning to her first love, writing. She wrote Trapped so that others can understand how challenging it is to maintain the appearances of a ‘normal’ life with a disabling condition. Happiness Matters (due for publication in May 2017) grew out of Fran’s desire to find happiness after many years of dealing with anger, grief and depression.

Fran has a loyal and committed readership worldwide. She writes, maintains a blog and speaks on a wide range of subjects, particularly disability as it impacts on people’s lives, aspirations and ability to engage with normal expectations.

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

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 and readers, from whom I continue to learn and be inspired, especially my publishers Skyhorse, my agent Isabel Atherton, my editor Claire Wingfield and all my on-line friends.

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 2017 include the publication of ‘Happiness Matters (May/June 2017) and ‘Making Miracles’ (October 2017) as well as much more writing.

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

Thank you for reading.