About

I’m a poet, short story writer, emerging playwright and a creative writing tutor. Since January 2017 I have been working as Writer in Residence for RSPB Scotland Loch Leven, writing a weekly blog and running creative writing workshops for the reserve.

My work has been widely published in anthologies, online and in magazines such as the Scotsman, MsLexia, Gutter, The High Window, Scottish PENnings, Zoomorphic, Northwords Now and the Eildon Tree to name but a few!

In July 2017 I was selected to join Playwright Studio Scotland’s Borders Mentoring Scheme and in 2013 I was selected as a Borders Showcase Poet by the Scottish Poetry Library and CABN. My debut collection of short stories and poetry, “Child’s Eye,” was also published in 2013 by Biscuit Publishing.

I’m currently working on my first full collection of poetry and, at the same time, I’m developing my first 45 minute theatre script for Playwright Studio Scotland. My first novel for young adults is currently on the back burner!!

You can read some of my work here and find out about up-coming workshops and readings. If you would like me to run a writing workshop for your writing group please get in touch. In the past I’ve run workshops for Edinburgh University’s Office of Lifelong Learning, the Eastgate Theatre’s Writing Group and Abbotsford House, the former home of Sir Walter Scott.

I hope you enjoy navigating the site.

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