ImageCreditChrisScottThanks 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 for CBeebies Nina and The Neurons and I write picture books for children age 3-6 years and non-fiction science books for adults and children. I’ve got three new books out in spring 2017. Find out what they are here.

I love science! I spent seven years writing and delivering education programmes for museums.

I perform science spoken word, theatre and storytelling. See events!

I run workshops for a variety of audiences including adults with mental health problems, young carers, retired arts groups and school children. You can book me through the Scottish Book Trust here.

In 2013/14 I was the Creative Scotland and 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. I also dressed as a pirate and hid on a boat with books – that is a real parrot on my back!


I love drawing and have a brilliant illustration mentor, John Fardell. The dream is to illustrate my own books one day! Here’s one of mine – my lovely cat and favourite non-person, Oscar. You can see more illustrations here.


I enjoy comedy and have written sitcoms and sketches and have performed my work professionally (paid) at the Stand Comedy Club in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Some exciting projects I’ve done 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’ve written science theatre shows, workshops and storytelling sessions for Edinburgh International Science Festival, Edinburgh UniversityOur Dynamic Earth, the Scottish Seabird CentreChangeworks and The National Museums of Scotland.

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’m a chaplain for Hutchison Vale Ladies FC. Yes I know, that’s a big coat:


I’m occasionally a surf mentor with the Wave Project Scotland. I was chuffed to bits to receive an an Inspiring Volunteer Award in 2011 for blogging with Greener Leith.


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.

Random Facts

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 in real life, not just with pinecones at the Book Festival!

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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 in Greece, 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). They draw pictures of me in robot form!


I like writing poems, stories and songs. Here’s a poem I wrote about starlings and iron filings.

First Image Credit: Chris Scott. Football Pine Cone: Chris Close


14 responses to “About

  1. livingthescottishdream

    October 15, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Goodness me! What interesting life you lead! My daughter is now ten but used to adore Nina! I will be following your blogs to see what you get up to next!!🙂

    • auntyemily

      October 15, 2012 at 9:51 pm

      Thanks, just had a look at your blog – sounds like an exciting adventure moving up here (:

      • livingthescottishdream

        October 15, 2012 at 10:49 pm

        So far so good! I am just doing all the things I have wanted to do! I am exhausted though!!

  2. boxerdudge

    October 25, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Wow, what an interesting life!
    My daughter & I enjoyed your thing at the Dundee Literary Festival thus morning. Thank you

    • auntyemily

      October 27, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      Thanks loads for coming along and glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Julia Lund

    May 1, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    I’m exhausted just reading this! Great CV. All the best with the new book (just seen the link on Facebook).


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