Who am I? I’m a poet, short story writer, playwright and a creative writing tutor. Since 2017 I have been writing drama with Playwrights’ Studio Scotland and working as Writer in Residence for RSPB Scotland Loch Leven, writing an occasional blog and running creative writing workshops for the reserve.

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

In 2019 my short play, “First Steps,” toured to sell-out audiences in the Borders as part of the “Unveiled Secrets” project with Odd Productions Theatre Company.  My scripts have also been performed as part of TalkFest in the Borders (2018), Borders Pub Theatre, 2019 & 2021 and Duns PlayFest 2019 and 2021.

I am a Borders Showcase Poet and Live Literature Author. “Child’s Eye,” my collection of short stories and poetry, explores love and loss in inter-generational relationships and was published by Biscuit Publishing.

Events to look forward to in 2022? Lots! I have two play scripts showing at DunsPlayFest 2022 and have recently contributed several stories to Iced Gems, an anthology of stories, poems and other reflections from myself, Kathleen Mansfield, Margaret Skea and Oliver Eade. It is available from Amazon.

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 you please get in touch. In the past I’ve run workshops for the RSPB, Edinburgh University, the Eastgate Theatre, Abbotsford House, Castle Craig Hospital as well as local schools and libraries.

I hope you enjoy navigating the site!

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