I mix spoken word, stories and the occasional song. I love audience participation. Here’s how other people describe me:
There’s no-one quite like puffin-loving banana fan Emily Dodd and her magical blend of song, story and poem. Edward Lear, Dr Seuss and A. A. Milne collide…. (Peggy Hughes, West Port Book Festival / Literary Dundee)
Disarmingly charming.. (Elspeth Murray, Freelance Poet)
Nov 29th: Can’t-Dance-Cameron will be visiting Wigtown for Book Week Scotland. I’ll be sharing Cameron’s capercaillie story along with some football pine cones, smells of the forest, dancing and science experiments. Details TBC.
Nov 28th: Can’t-Dance-Cameron events, Fife. One in a library, one in a school. Details TBC. Part of Fife Book Festival for Book Week Scotland.
Nov 27th: Panel discussion on children’s writing, Literary Dundee and Publishing Scotland, 6pm. Venue library TBC. Panel includes Keith Charters (chair) and Kirkland Ciccone (Strident YA author) and Kathryn Ross, top agent from Fraser Ross Associates.
Nov 27th: Can’t-Dance-Cameron woodland workshops in partnership with the Puppet State Theatre Company. Read-a-licious, Peebles. Details to follow.
Nov 26th: Can’t-Dance-Cameron storytelling with Forest Families. Gorebridge Library, morning. I’ll be sharing Cameron’s capercaillie story along with some football pine cones, smells of the forest, dancing and science experiments. Details to follow.
Oct 25th: Emily Dodd and Cameron the Capercaillie at Dundee Literary Festival, Bonor Hall, Dundee, 10am. FREE
Oct 14th: The Lady Scientist Stitch and B**ch on Ada Lovelace Day, The Royal Observatory Edinburgh. Lady scientist from across the ages hop in a time machine and unite to share funny, heartbreaking and illuminating stories. I’m playing Emma Darwin. Adults only.
Oct 11th: Can’t-Dance-Cameron storytelling (and crafts), Far From the Madding Crowd Bookshop, Linlithgow, 1pm. I’ll be sharing Cameron’s capercaillie story along with some football pine cones, smells of the forest, dancing and science experiments. There will be craft and book signing afterwards. Part of Linlithgow Animal Day. FREE
Oct 10th: Storytelling and the Common Good, Q Commons Conference Edinburgh, Central Hall, 6pm. (It’s a bit like TED – I’m doing a local talk about storytelling – more info to follow). £19
Oct 5th: ‘Fact and Fiction Inspired by Science‘, Portobello Book Festival, Edinburgh 11am. I’ll be chatting about my inspiration for writing along with science writers Anna Claybourne and Pippa Goldschmidt. Get tickets from Portobello Library. FREE (Donation)
Oct 3rd: A Sense of Place, opening event for Portobello Book Festival, Portobello Library, 8.00pm. I’m one of many writers and performers. I’ll be performing my recently published science poem ‘Relativity’. Get tickets from Portobello Library.
Sep 12th: The Lady Scientist Stitch and B**ch, Women in Engineering Day, Heriot Watt University 6pm, Lecture Theatre 2. Lady scientist from across the ages hop in a time machine and unite to share funny, heartbreaking and illuminating stories. I’m playing Emma Darwin. Adults only. FREE
Aug 21st: Can’t Dance Cameron with Emily Dodd – Schools Event at Edinburgh International Book Festival, 11.30am. SOLD OUT
Aug 18th: The Day I Woke Up in Hospital, Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series, Edinburgh International Book Festival, 5.30pm (I’m reading the work of Malala). FREE
Aug 11th: Tales From Our Wild Park Book Launch. 11.30am, Glasgow Queen Street Station. Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Launch their biodiversity action plan (I wrote the book). Includes green screen to get your photos holding a red squirrel! FREE
June 13th: Super Science Sleepover and the Adventures of David, National Museums Scotland, 1.05pm and 1.30pm. Public event aimed at families with children age four and up. (I’ve been working with teenagers in Apex Inclusion units in Dundee and Dunfermline to write science shows. The pupils will perform the shows they’ve written at the museum). FREE.
May 25th, Timmy the Turbine at Duddingston Festival Edinburgh,1.15pm to 1.45pm. Help Timmy the Turbine to find the perfect home in our interactive story with Nibbles the red squirrel, Honker the barnacle goose and Mr Haggis. FREE (Donation)
Apr 26th: Forest Families, Gorebridge Library (and nearby woodlands). 10am. FREE
Apr 11th: The Lady Scientist Stitch and B**ch, Edinburgh International Science Festival, Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh. Lady scientist from across the ages hop in a time machine and unite to share funny, heartbreaking and illuminating stories. I’m playing Emma Darwin. Adults only. SOLD OUT.
Mar 29th: Forest Families, Gorebridge Library (and nearby woodlands). 10am. FREE
Feb 22nd: Forest Families, Gorebridge Library (and nearby woodlands). 10am. FREE
3rd and 4th Feb: Forest Families schools events, Gorebridge Library.
25th Jan: Stories for Burns Night, Saltyard Café, Edinburgh 7-10.30pm. £5 (money goes to International Justice Mission). I’m doing a 15 minute spoken word slot.
November 1st: Writer and performer at Apocalypse New, Scottish Storytelling Centre Netherbow Theatre, 8pm. A group of writers have been commissioned to write and perform a section of a seven part story set 10 years in the future in Edinburgh in an apocalypse. Look out for zombies!
August 24th: Storytelling at Unbound, Edinburgh International Book Festival 9.00pm. ‘From the Strip’ graphic fiction night. I’m performing a story while Guardian cartoonist Stephen Collins draws it. UPDATE: Read about it here. FREE
March 8th: Stories II at Sneaky Pete’s Edinburgh, 7pm. A compilation of music & poetry building on the success of the first stories and raising some funds for Alzheimer’s. Musical acts include Chasing Owls and The Jepettos (all the way from NI). I’ll be doing a couple of poems too. £5
Jan 16th: Illicit Ink Happy Verse Day II at Pulp Fiction Books, Edinburgh 7-10pm. One of many performing poetry to lift the spirits on a cold January day. Interview feature with me on Illicit Ink here.
October 7th: Walking, Talking Writing. Lapidus event for The Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival at Kelvingrove, Glasgow. 12 – 4pm. Exciting performances including Liz Lochhead and many more. I’m performing at 1pm and will be around all day on a stall with the bananas.
October 5th: The Library at Night, Gala Opening event for the Portobello Book Festival. Edinburgh. Portobello Library, 8 -10.30pm. Ten performers sharing work created for the library at night writing competition. I’m performing a new stop frame animation script ‘The Books Are Coming’. Get tickets from the Library.
October 4th: Inky Fingers Porty Poetry Bash on National Poetry Day at Portobello Library, Edinburgh 7-9pm. I’m doing a new poem about maths and the universe as part of the open mic session. Read after thoughts from Inky Fingers here.
August 6th: Science and Poetry at Pulp Fiction Books, Edinburgh 6.30 – 8.30 pm. Opening event of the Inky Fingers Mini Fest, part of the Fringe Festival. A relaxed set of readings exploring the many worlds of science through sparkling spoken word. Featuring local poets and a set from World Slam Champion, Harry Baker! More here.
July 13th: Pea Green Poetry at Looking Glass Books, Edinburgh 6.45pm. Featured Poet at for an evening of poetry about childhood, fantasies and the desire for escape. Fundraiser for Theater Paradok. Here’s the facebook event page.
June 11th: Blind Poetics at the Blind Poet, Edinburgh: I’m the featured poet at this event with a 20 minute poetry slot. There are open mic slots if you’re up for performing too.
April 24th: Electric Tales at the Stand Comedy Club, Edinburgh: I’m doing a 15 minute storytelling slot, I’m bringing the solar-powered bees…
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