Author details

Jill Bennett

Biography

An ex chartered school librarian I am now a children’s poet performing in Scots, a creative writing tutor and a short story writer who is regularly published in national magazines. I am also a qualified Bookbug Rhymetime Leader.

About writer's work

My first collection of Scots poems for children, Walkin the Rainbow, was co-authored, and is performed, with Elizabeth Cordiner. More recently, and arising from my Growin Pains performances, I have produced Wee Tot Poems post cards and greeting cards in collaboration with Gilli B Illustrations.

Websites featuring the author

Jill Bennett's Facebook Page

Current events and projects

Available to do workshops, readings and talks on shorts stories and serial-writing for adults but with a keen interest on performance poetry and in exploring the Scots language with the young.

Growin Pains, Bugs Galore, Animal Magic and Pirate Mayhem are performances I do for 3-6 year olds and are designed to introduce the Scots language in a fun and interactive way. As well as nurseries and primaries I have worked with Families First, Homestart and CLEAR. The latter is an environmental agency in Fife and involved performances outdoors to highlight their garden project.

My co-author of Walkin the Rainbow, Elizabeth Cordiner and I have been giving colours personalities and a voice in Scots. Our repertoire includes workshops as well as performances. See Me, See You and Heroes are our post cards poems which we use to launch our poetry workshops for middle/upper primary school.  In these three workshops we explore the themes of personal feelings, friendship, and what attributes make a hero. Using our own poems as a structure we then brainstorm with the children to produce and deliver their own Scots poems.

Our latest project was See Us Awa with Inverclyde Libraries which explored the themes of local identity, belonging to an area and also of emigration, leaving an area and how that might alter or view their sense of belonging. Elizabeth Cordiner and I worked with three primary 5 classes from St Mary’s and Lady Alice Primary schools. And over four sessions produced two class poems of See Me Ah’m fae Greenock and See Me Awa where the children had emigrated to Australia. Individual poems will eventually be published in booklet form by Inverclyde Libraries.

I love exploring the Scots language and introducing it to young people in a life-affirming way and to date have visited over 70 schools, nurseries, libraries several organisations, plus festivals, including StAnza

As a WEA tutor I have had training in and experience of working with students with varying forms of sensory impairment in a mixed environment. This has ranged from students who are blind or partially sighted to those with partial deafness. I have also worked exclusively with mental health groups.

Other work

I have published over 200 stories and six serials: Kirkhaven High 2004, The Rhythm Girls 2007, Until the End of Summer 2007, The Weaver of Dreams 2008  Ladybird Summer 2010, We’ll Be Here for You 2012. I have been published in various national magazines, anthologies and newspapers including The Scotsman and Fife Fringe.

Email

jillbennett134@gmail.com

Local authority where they are based

Fife

Local authorities where they can work

Angus, Clackmannanshire, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Inverclyde, Midlothian, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian, Other

Age groups

0-4, 5-8, 9-12, Adults

LL funded

Yes

BRAW network

Yes

Author type

Performance Poet, Poet, Writer

Language

English, Scots

Books written

Wee Tot Poems Collection

Author(s): Jill Bennett
[Illustrated by Gillian Barrie.] Cards written in Scots from the perspective of young bairns and designed by Gilli B Illustrations.

Dreamcatcher

Author(s): Jill Bennett
The poems are an eclectic mix of haiku, current issues and childhood memories.

Walkin the Rainbow

Poems in spoken Scots with the theme of colour. What if colours had personalities just like people? What if they could speak? What would they say to you? Ha'e a listen.