I happily confess that I plan like crazy: great ideas deserve great execution. They also need a willingness to experiment, and sometimes a bit of external support and a fresh pair of eyes. Are you in need of a ninja? Let’s work together – get in touch.
I love showcasing creative campaigns that catch my eye – you can read the blog, or search the category cloud (in the sidebar) for projects I’ve found on my adventures about books, design, festivals, travel and much more.
Ninja – a person who is stealthy, or commits a crazy act with unbelievably good results.
What Is a Literary Ninja?
A literary ninja uses the power of stories to develop great ideas into sparkling creative projects, getting individuals and organisations on board to deliver an engaging campaign everyone can be proud of.
It’s not just about words: narratives can use illustration, animation, photography, digital technology and all manner of other creative arts.
Becoming a Ninja
I trained as a literary ninja in the medieval graveyards and grand Georgian squares of Edinburgh, Scotland. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times* – it was a tale of two cities, and two Annas.
By day, Anna sat with spreadsheets and lists, politicians, publishers and journalists.
In the evening, her glass slippers would dance along to dimly lit bars, where she’d meet with writers and travellers, poets and programmers, and speak of plans to unleash the power of stories across the planet. Lo, a literary ninja was born.
*It wasn’t the worst of times: I bloody loved it, even when it was raining.
Ninja Skills and Activity
I get things done in the creative arts, and so I’m known by many names. Here’s a few that may sound more familiar, and some of the projects I’ve been involved with:
Slaying Dragons at Dragons’ Pen
Charged with creating a live event for emerging writers at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, I put together Dragons’ Pen. Nine brave new authors took up the challenge, undergoing a training and networking programme before taking to the stage in a mirrored Spiegeltent to pitch unpublished manuscripts to the discerning judges: the agent (Lucy Luck), the editor (Canongate’s Francis Bickmore) and the critic (The Guardian‘s Charlotte Higgins).