When she’s not writing, Esther also works as a creative project manager, collaborating with artists, writers, community groups and universities to help more people fall in love with books and words. In 2014 she won a national competition as part of the Museum Association Conference’s Dragons’ Den for her groundbreaking work on making literature accessible to new audiences. She has also worked at the UN in Geneva on a peace and reconciliation project, and travelled to Slovakia to learn about cultural heritage interpretation.
To find out more about her recent projects, click on the links.
Gilliam versus Cervantes (2016) – Esther worked with author, screenwriter and Python Terry Gilliam to light up Edinburgh’s Old Town skyline to celebrate St Valentine’s Day in the 600th anniversary year of Cervantes’ Don Quixote.
You can see an interview with Terry Gilliam and Esther here:
Leith Projections (2016) – to celebrate World Book Day 2016 Esther worked with Cities of Literature including Melbourne, Krakow and Reykjavik to light up Leith with words from across the world.
Opening the Doors of the Speculative Society (2015) – for the first time since its inception in 1764, the private ‘Speculative Society’ opened its doors to the public on 14 November 2015. Esther worked with partners across the city to shed light on this Edinburgh literary institution whilst also raising funds for local literacy charity Craigmillar Literacy Trust.
Robert Louis Stevenson Day (2015) – Esther expanded Edinburgh’s celebrations of Robert Louis Stevenson to include a week-long programme of events for audiences of all ages.
Land Keepers (2014) – As part of a landscape art project in the Lake District, Esther worked with local farmers, artists and authors including James Rebanks to tell the story of Cumbria’s shepherds, taking inspiration from Wordsworth’s poem ‘Michael’ and the work of early landscape artists in the Lake District.
New poetry education programme at the Wordsworth Trust (2013) – Esther transformed the Wordsworth Trust’s education programme as part of an Arts Council England-funded project, resulting in a 100% increase in school visits to Wordsworth’s iconic Dove Cottage.
Independent Mind at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum (2012) – Esther pioneered a new programme aimed an non-traditional museum visitors to help those struggling with addiction, people in prison, and adults with disabilities to engage with the poetry of Robert Burns.