I mix spoken word, science, stories and the occasional song. I love audience participation. See below for the latest events.
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)
1st Sep: The Grouse and the Mouse at Edinburgh International Book Festival
20 – 23rd August: Can’t-Dance-Cameron at Green Man Festival, Einstein’s Garden, Wales
16th July: ‘The Grouse and the Mouse’ Book Launch, 6pm for 6.30pm. St Augustine’s, George the 4th Bridge, Edinburgh. Launch of my second picture book – tickets will be available soon!
9th June: Can’t-Dance-Cameron at West Lothian Libraries 40th Anniversary Celebration, 11pm Burgh Halls Linlithgow (details to follow).
8th June: Can’t-Dance-Cameron at Glasgow’s West End Festival (details to follow).
23rd May: Can’t-Dance-Cameron at Coastword Festival, Dunbar Library, 12:40PM. Tickets and info here.
17th May: Can’t-Dance-Cameron at Cairngorms Nature Festival, Meet at Blair Atholl Caravan Park reception at 1.30pm. FREE.
16th May: Can’t-Dance-Cameron at Kilmacolm Library, 2pm
13th May: Can’t-Dance-Cameron at Off The Page Book Festival, Strathblane Library, 1.30pm.
15th April: Apollo 21: Lost Among the Stars, Edinburgh International Science Festival
I play an astronaut stuck in space (I will actually be wearing a space suit). This is a Spoken Word Show from Illicit Ink. Read more about it all here.
14th April: Electric Tales, Edinburgh International Science Festival at the Stand Comedy Club. For adults! Doors 7.30pm
I’ll be doing some science spoken word.
27th March: The Lady Scientist Stitch and Bitch (Spoken Word Performance – Adult event)
Sunday 22nd March: Sparking Ideas From Science (writing workshop for adults)
I ran this workshop last year in the National Library of Scotland as part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival. Really excited to be running it again for Dundee Women in Science Festival using the D’Arcy Thompson collection for inspiration. SOLD OUT.
Sunday 15th March: Mother’s Day Science Shows (for families – Dad’s also welcome!)
Friday 13th March: Rally and Broad, Dunbar Science Festival
Rally & Broad are delighted to be coming to Dunbar Science Festival on Friday 13 March (8:30 – 10:30pm, Dunmuir Hotel, Dunbar)! We’ll be celebrating ‘Women in Science’ alongside Scots singer songwriter Kirsty Law; science writer and performer Emily Dodd, poet Russell Jones and the surreal musical stylings of Zara Gladman. Come with open ears…
Wednesday 11th March: Can’t-Dance-Cameron school events
Hillside Primary School, Hillside Nursery and Gowriehill Primary School in Dundee. Part of Dundee Women in Science Festival.
3rd March: Can’t Dance Cameron at Granton Library for World Book Day
Event with P1 and P2 from Wardie Primary School, Edinburgh.
2nd March (pm): Can’t-Dance-Cameron at Flora Stevenson’s Primary School, Edinburgh
Event with P1 to P3 (all classes) for World Book Day.
2nd March (am): Can’t-Dance-Cameron at Granton Library for World Book Day
Event with P1 and P2 from Wardie Primary School, Edinburgh.
Friday 23rd January: Rally & Broad (Spoken Word Cabaret)
Sat 13th Dec: Can’t-Dance-Cameron at Leith Library
Fri 12th Dec: Family craft at Leith Library
Make a red squirrel fridge magnet from 2.30pm – 3.30pm. More here.
Dec 8 – 13th: Christmas Capercaillies at Leith Library.
An exciting week of Can’t-Dance-Cameron school visits, nursery visits crafts and events. More here.
BOOK WEEK SCOTLAND
Nov 30th: Can’t-Dance-Cameron, Looking Glass Books, Edinburgh. 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 also be craft.
Nov 29th: Can’t-Dance-Cameron, 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. Wigtown Primary School, 3pm. Free!
Nov 28th: Can’t-Dance-Cameron, ‘On Fife’ Book Festival for Book Week Scotland
10.30am Glen Pavillion, Dunfermline. 1.30pm Lochgelly Theatre. More here.
Nov 27th: Panel discussion on children’s writing, Literary Dundee and Publishing Scotland
Dundee Central Library, 6pm. Panel includes Keith Charters (chair) and Kirkland Ciccone (Strident YA author) and Kathryn Ross (Fraser Ross Associates).
Nov 27th: Can’t-Dance-Cameron woodland workshops, Read-a-Licious Children’s Book Festival,
In partnership with the Puppet State Theatre Company. Peebles. School bookings only. SOLD OUT.
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.
Nov 8th – 24th: Abu Dhabi Science Festival
I’ll be in Abu Dhabi training UAE students to become science communicators and we will run the ‘Power it Up‘ workshop.
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. More here.
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…
Image Credit: Chris Scott