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 978-1-510704121).

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

  • Common misunderstandings around disability
  • Dealing with inequality and discrimination
  • Employment and career challenges – mainstreaming
  • How to find happiness and a sense of purpose in challenging times
  • The personal value of writing memoir

The usual length of a talk or presentation is about 30 minutes + Q’s & A’s of 30 minutes. Short workshops of an hour + Q&A or longer workshops of two to three hours are also available.

My appearance as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe at Venue 40 (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 in January 2016.  I am immensely grateful to Jamie Szymkowiak for this opportunity.

In June 2017, my second book, Happiness Matters (ISBN: 978-1-999713607) was launched at the Edinburgh Offices of the Thistle Foundation.

For a complete list of my articles and appearances 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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