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Anita Govan - Founder/LeadTeaching Artist
Wordlab Arts Founder and Director, Anita is a pioneering Performance poet and visionary Teaching Artist; Co-founder of Scottish Youth Poetry Slam and former Stirling Makar (2012-15). She first trained in theatre as a dancer, then as a community drama facilitator, before developing many successful projects and events. A published writer, she developed her creative practice utilizing poetry and performance while teaching with Edinburgh Acting School; and it was here that she discovered the transformative impact that poetry and performance could have.
Anita trained with Keith Johnstone in Canada, returning to Scotland to integrate this practice and philosophy into her teaching practice. She has worked with Scottish Heritage, Stirling University, Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland, Aberdeen Creative Learning Team and the Wellcome Trust.
Charlie Gracie - Teaching Artist
Charlie Gracie is a poet and prose writer with a broad experience in learning and organisational development. He has published one novel (To Live With What You Are, 2019, Postbox Press) and two poetry collections (Good Morning, 2010 and Tales from the Dartry Mountains, 2020, both Diehard Press). He is the former Scriever for the Federation of Writers (Scotland), ex-Chair of the Scottish Writers’ Centre, and an experienced workshop facilitator. Charlie is a social work Practice Educator, has worked with the Universities of Stirling and Strathclyde and has developed and delivered training for organisations in the statutory and voluntary sectors.
Jacob Sam La-Rose - Teaching Artist
Jacob Sam-La Rose's writing has been translated into Portuguese, Latvian, French and Dutch, and his poetry collection 'Breaking Silence' is studied at A' level. Beyond his own writing, his work as an artistic director, editor and educator focuses on young people, teachers, emerging poets and others who benefit from an investment in creative expression. For 20+ years, Sam-La Rose has devised and delivered poetry programmes both independently and in partnership with institutions and agencies, nationally and internationally. For 2020, Sam-La Rose is a poetry professor at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, poet-in-residence for English Heritage, and directs the Barbican Young Poets programme.
John Stoddart - Co-Founder/Director
John has a history and background in the literary arts as a scriptwriter. Presently Chairperson of Edinburgh Literary Salon he has been facilitating and mentoring poets, writers and promoting events. Wordlab Arts brings together all his talents and wealth of knowledge. He is a firm believer in a holistic approach to education and wellbeing; and the significant benefits that literary arts can bring to all aspects of life and business.
Blythe Robertson - Director
Blythe Robertson works extensively across the public and creative sectors. He led the Scottish Government’s work on health literacy and now works with the NHS in Scotland. He worked for many years promoting Scotland’s food culture through Scran Salon and Lunchquest.