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 Can’t-Dance-Cameron: A Scottish Capercaillie Story launched in September 2014 with Floris Books (Picture Kelpies). My second picture book ‘The Grouse and the Mouse’ (Picture Kelpies) was published in July 2015. I’ve also just published my first non-fiction children’s book, Volcanoes for HarperCollins.
In 2014 I wrote an adult non-fiction book for the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, ‘Tales From Our Wild Park‘.
Some exciting projects I’ve been doing recently 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 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).
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 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 weekly church community group and I volunteer an Edinbuzz Social Media surgeon (helping community groups with things like facebook and twitter). I’m a surf mentor twith 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.
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