moira mcpartlin

Young adults' author, Author of books for adults

Available for:
After dinner speaking


+44 7913 096 917

Short listed for the Saltire First Book Award 2012
2nd Scottish Association of Writers Constable Prize 2012
2nd Off the Page Poetry Competition 2011
Winner Scottish Mountaineer Poetry Competition 2009
2nd Bournemouth Short Story Competition 2009
3rd Scottish Mountaineer Short Story Competition 2011

Adults, 11-13 (Key stage 3), 14-16 (Key stage 4), 11-16 (Key stages 3 and 4), 6th Form and college


From Bermondsey to Buchan – having a camper van means I can travel to all locations in the British Isles at minimal expense, and as a seasoned air traveller I am also able to travel abroad to deliver a variety of talks and workshops to children and adult.

Here’s what Bermondsey and Buchan have to say about my visits.

"It was one of the best author visits we have ever had. Thank you especially for the enthusiasm, your positive outlook and most of all the time you were able to give to our students, which is what many of our students are deprived of.  The students were really engaged with what you had to say.  You really connected with the groups, especially the Year 9 students.  The cracking powerpoint, the evocative film, and your own story which was somewhat different from the career orthodoxy preached at the school.” Sean Delaney, Lead Librarian, City of London Academy, Bermondsey


“It is one of the best experiences I have ever had. I was able to learn vital information about writing, getting published and how to overcome obstacles during the writing and publishing process that I would not have gotten anywhere else. I highly recommend that you go try out this experience when the opportunity next arises. You will not be disappointed. The only flaw I have to say about this experience was that I wish it could have been longer so I could have learned more." Meredith Brown, Aberdeen (Buchan)


I am available for all types of events, readings, residencies, creative writing workshops, and performances.  My talks and workshops include lively presentations, reading references and practical exercises designed to engage with even the most reluctant students.

I am a professionally trained facilitator who has delivered successful workshops to a wide range of audiences including Shell Oil executives, teenage singles mothers, refugees and asylum seekers, young offenders at HMYOI Polmont and students of both state and privately owned schools.

I am an active member of Scottish Pen and sit on the editorial board of the on-line magazine PENing.

My novel Ways of the Doomed is set in a future world barely recognisable as Europe, where climate change has altered borders and made many lands desolate. Citizens are separated into two classes, Privileged and their slaves, the natives (Celts).  There are a number of big issues raised in the novel that should appeal to schools. I have prepared a teacher guide linked to the school curriculum. I also have a comprehensive list of creative writing workshops I can offer to children and adults of all abilities 

This world will be inherited by the youth of today and my novel will give them a glimpse into an extreme version of what a future world may look like.

My debut novel The Incomers was short listed for the Saltire First Book Award.  The novel deals with migration, alienation, racial prejudice, religion as well as bullying.  Although the story takes place in 1966 these issues are still relevant today.  I would like to take these issues into schools and use the story to teach a little about our social history and the effect it had on communities. I would also like to explore the differences in cultural migration between then and now using examples of such things as music and our eating habits as an illustration of the changes.

The Incomers also looks at women’s struggles drawing parallels between working class women in Fife and African women.  Because of this I would like to work with women from all cultures and classes.


The Incomers was short listed for the Saltire First Book award. Ways of the Doomed is #1 of The Sun Song Trilogy
The Incomers (isbn:978-1905916450)
As a West African Ellie struggles to adapt to her new life in a Fife mining village
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Ways of the Doomed (isbn:978-1908643889)
It's the year 2089 and everything is altered. The revolutions of the early 21st century have created a world divided - between the Privileged few and the Native underclass
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Society of Authors (SoA), Society of Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE), Scottish PEN

Other search criteria:

Crime/Thrillers, Horror, Sci-fi and Fantasy

Book Type:
Fiction for adults, Young Adult

diversity, speculative, environmental, literary, climate, science, imigration, Skype