For over sixteen years I've worked in a support role in Primary schools across Notts and Leics. Also, I've run play schemes and worked in youth club settings. I have volunteered at a day hospice and a child bereavement centre. In school I've been involved with a club promoting writing. We wrote an Easter play and performed it, we explored poetry and recently created wonderful short stories for our library. I have experience of delivering bible teaching across primary school ages.
I have experience performing short stories at various festivals. I have read on a radio station and worked with a group of class 5 pupils to broadcast their collaborative Christmas story.
In 2007, I won a short story competition with The Fosseway Writers and in 2011 with Unique Writing Publications. Also, I read at the Lincoln Book festival and Arts 4 Human Rights in Shoreditch.
Collaborating with Arts in Mental Health Leicestershire we created a mural to adourn the wall at a local hospice after asking the guests what they thought of the service.
Summer 2011, found me in the Leicestershire libraries delivering Olympic poetry workshops.Since then I've been delivering some short story workshops at Embrace Arts,with Lifelong Learning at Leicester Uni called, Every Word Counts.
For 2012, I read at the Byron Festival a short YA story about the Paralympics called, "Still First" from ebook mini-anthology 'The Heavenly Road Trip'.
For 2013 I've delivered another Creative Writing For Beginners Course at Embrace Arts. After Easter, I delivered Life Story Writing workshops and mini-memoirs as well as various workshops, elsewhere.2014 has been busy with more practitioner work in lifelong learning and the community. Again, last year I read at the Central library with EveryBody's reading and delivered a Family Story Workshop.For that I produced a small booklet for 7-11's called Great War Winners.
Various short stories can be downloaded here: http://www.cutalongstory.com/authors/f.-linday/1251.html
More short story workshops are available in Leicester here: https://uk.patronbase.com/_EmbraceArtsC/Productions/CW04/Performances
I'm educated to TEC Higher Cert in Planning, Cartography and Surveying which was my first job. Since then I've achieved a City & Guilds in Learning Support and NVQ III in Child Care & Early Years Education.In 2012,I achieved a Certificate in Englsh Language Teaching with TEFL.
In 2000 I achieved a Certificate in Creative Writing at Lancashire University, distance learning. My work raises awareness of child issues eg. go to www.therecusant.org.uk to view prose by me called 'Off the Beaten Track'.y desire was to go into Youth group settings to talk about my novel, 'Get Over It' published by Onwards and Upwards, a self help tool for grieving families. The main protagonist is a 16 year old youth called John. He learns to adapt to life without mum with a lot of help from his friends and counsellors. I am free to promote the book aimed at 14+ age group within social/care education settings.In 2010 I accredited my voluntary counselling experience and training by gaining a 'Working with Loss' certificate in therapeutic bereavement support skills. This opens some youth support organisation's doors to me for delivering creative writing workshops.I've had training in Healing Word Poetry and Using Arts to Develop Aspiration, with Artsplan. I've had recent training in Arts in Mental Health(CAMHS).
Lately, I've become a foundation Relational Dynamics Coach for Writers.The first session is offered as a free trial.(see my contacts page at www.fionalinday.co.uk. I'm a member of the Southwell Writers' Group (who are associated with The Association of Christian Writers) and Writing East Midlands plus New Writers UK.
I'm published in ebook with Help for Writers.The mini anthology of short stories is for young adults called the Heavenly Road Trip by Amazon kindle.ISBN 978-0-9571868-0-4. I've performed one of these, Still First,a Paralympic story at the Perception Exhibition at the Bermondsey Project Gallery, London. This was for the RNIB charity, from 17th-26th August. It was a feast for the senses! This accessible, multi-sensory exhibition experience was available in the week following as a recording.I had a book tour with Orangeberry during December 2012.
New for May 2013 is the inclusion in an American anthology called, 'Spiritual Awakenings'of 'Love' a short that won The Unique Writing Publication award in 2010.
23.12.13 saw my short prose, 'By the Grace of God go Eye' included on a blog, under poetry. Go to http://www.thevoicesproject.org/poetry-library.html
For 2014, my children's booklet was printed to celebrate my family commemoration of the Centenary. Before Christmas, I'm delighted that a short is appeared in 2015 Leicester's anthology of stories for adults in KLiCbait Volume 2, Between This Life & the Next.This was read at Writing for Liberty Conference, Lancaster University this April.
See an article about my writing here-http://www.mindandsoul.info/Articles/429603/MindandSoul/Resources/Testimonies/LoveandThe.aspx
This year I read at Arts for Change in Nottingham.
Just wanted to thank you for your superb contribution and our bottle - lovely thanks.
I received this mail from a friend of mine that attended last night. Great feedback for you.
'Thank for an entertaining evening. I know you work hard on this radio stuff, and it's paying off mate. You did bloody good, professional, amusing, voice carried well, good writing. Interesting acts as well, the lady who wrote about coping with the loss of a child stuck in my mind, was moving. Thought the girl who sang was amazing. I'm not used to poetry if I'm honest, but it's interesting to hear people play with words and form, I enjoyed the program. Well done man, really nice one.
I think we all say that if we can reach/speak to just one person then we've done our job - it would appear that you've certainly had an effect on my friend, and, I think many, many more.
Presenter, The Reading Room, Siren 107.3 FM
I am glad that you had a productive time, and we really value your contribution to the event, particularly as you got involved at such short notice.
Your time and effort is genuinely appreciated, and please do keep in touch.
Your piece also received extremely good feedback, which I thought you would be pleased to know; and I know the other Romany focused performers were glad that you were involved, and enjoyed experiencing a further perspective on the Romany experience.
All in all, we're really glad you came, and thank you so much for your time and energy.
Events Manager, Arts 4 Human Rights
I am delighted to write a reference for Fiona, having enjoyed her enthusiasm for writing in tis many ways and forms over the five years I have worked with her at our primary school.
She is a continual source of ideas and enthusiasm and has taken an active part in our Writing Club which has run successfully for three years now. It was Fiona's idea to let the children work on their own play script to be performed at an Easter assembly; it was Fiona's hard work that enabled another group of children to produce imaginative and excitin poetry which was read out to the whole school. It was also Fiona's idea to make a 'chocolate box' of short stories for our school library which everyone shares and enjoys today.
It is true to say that Fiona has a deep commitment to her own writing but much more importantly than that she encourages others to write to the best of their ability too. She is a generous and caring person who can nurture the artistic ambition in any child, and who enables children to do their very best and produce writing to be proud of.
Everyone in our school has benefitted from Fiona's passion for writing. I wish her all the best in her writing career.
Primary School Teacher,
Pierrepont Gamston Primary School, Nottingham
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