Thanks for stopping by! My name is Emily Dodd and I’m a freelance writer, science communicator and educator based in Edinburgh. Find my CV on Linkedin here.
I’m a screenwriter (CBeebies Nina and The Neurons) and my first picture book comes our later this year with Floris Books.
Some exciting projects I’m doing in 2014 include writing science shows with excluded teenagers for the National Museums Scotland, creating digital stories with the Govan Reminiscence Group for Britain From Above and writing a Timmy The Turbine nursery workshop for a wind turbine company.
I’m also writing a magazine for the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and have been commissioned to write a young adult fiction book that’s being made into a film (but I can’t say much about that sorry!).
I regularly run workshops for schools and community groups and I’ve been developing and delivering creative writing workshops for a variety of audiences including adults with mental health problems, young carers, retired arts groups and school children.
I perform stories and poems quite often to adults too (see gigs).
I’ve written science theatre shows, workshops and storytelling sessions for Edinburgh University, Our Dynamic Earth, the Scottish Seabird Centre, Changeworks and The National Museums of Scotland.
Last year I worked as a Scottish Book Trust Reader in Residence at Leith Library. I produced audio, video and photo content for the Leith Library blog and worked with teenagers to produce podcasts.
My first book ‘Banana me beautiful’ launched on a boat in July 2011. I went on to perform material from the book in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2011 and in the West Port Book Festival in October 2011.
I am a John Muir Award leader and a storyteller. I’ve developed and delivered adult training sessions in storytelling, waste education, audio and social media.
I help lead a local community group and I volunteer an Edinbuzz Social Media surgeon (helping community groups with things like facebook and twitter). I am a Trustee of the Speygrian Network (outdoor learning for artist, scientist, writers and educators). I was chuffed to bits to receive an an Inspiring Volunteer Award in 2011.
I took A-Levels in maths, physics and fine art and went on to take a degree in Geophysical Sciences and a Masters in Communicating Science.
I can make balloon animals (squeak).
My MSc was funded by the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council and included a trip to Hawaii to go up a volcano, see a telescope and meet NASA (yey!). I also learnt to surf.
I am a planetarium presenter (I love space).
I performed a story I wrote about a puffin live to 1000 children on the Internet through national schools intranet Glow breaking a record. I also performed ‘Percy the Puffin’ to Her Majesty the Queen during the presentation of the Queens Award to the Scottish Seabird Centre.
I play football.
I made a ‘guess the poo’ interactive exhibit for the ‘Animal Imagine’ exhibition, Cardiff. It included Rhino poo and 13 other real samples. There was a poo or false section, a smell section and sound effects.
I lived on a research boat for a while counting fish and measuring seagrass with a ruler (I got land sickness).
I conducted a Geophysical Survey on the Caribbean Island of Nevis. I was searching for graves and training Southampton University Archaeology students in geophysical surveying techniques (It was hot and there were blue tarantulas!).
I have two nephews and two nieces (they rock).
I like writing poems, stories and songs. Here’s a poem I wrote about starlings and iron filings.
Image Credit: Lilly Hunter