June is the author or editor of more than twenty-five books, many with a Celtic theme, including Bearing the People Away: The Portable Highland Clearances Companion. Her work has appeared in Scottish Tradition, the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Times Literary Supplement and the Common Review, among other publications. In addition, she is the founder of the Phantom Collective, a small arts group that presents theatre works and music programs, for which she has written or adapted numerous theatre pieces, including Black Dogs and Melancholy, a solo play on the life of Samuel Johnson and his journey with James Boswell to the Hebrides; a two-person play, The Hermit of Skerryvore, based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s writing of Jekyll and Hyde; Last Thoughts of Mary Stuart, about the final hours of Mary, Queen of Scots before her execution at Fotheringay Castle; and The Road to Barnhill, about Orwell writing 1984 on the Isle of Jura. In addition, she is the author of an unproduced screenplay on the Highland Clearances, The World Is Not Empty without Reason. In 2013, she was the recipient of the Flora Macdonald Award from St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, North Carolina, which is given to a woman of Scots birth or descent who has made an outstanding contribution to the human community.
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