Born in Dumfries, I graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 1972 and was an art teacher and Staff Tutor in Art and Design with Dumfries and Galloway education department for 30 years. I have for many years collaborated with writers as an illustrator and designer, forming Cacafuego Press with Tom Pow in 1999 and my own imprint Roncadora Press in 2005. Since 2005 I have worked full-time as an illustrator, publisher and facilitator. I still live in Dumfries.
About writer's work
For the last ten years, poetry pamphlets and artists books have been my main focus, working as illustrator and designer with a number of scottish poets. During this period Roncadora Press was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award at the British Library in both the Poetry and Publisher categories and was winner and runner -up in the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award at the National Library of Scotland.
I continue to exhibit widely as a printmaker and write poetry and flash fiction. I have had poems published in Lallans, The Eildon Tree and Markings.
I have also worked for other publishers (Luath and Flambard) providing illustrations and cover designs.
Roncadora has published a graphic novel written by Hugh McMillan and illustrated by me.
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Current events and projects
For a number of years I taught weekly workshops for Primary classes in Gracefield Arts Centre.
I have also conducted bookarts workshops for Secondary pupils and for adults. I have worked on book projects with Printmaking graduates here and in New York.
I can provide tailored book structure workshops for writers and writers groups and have taught these at the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere and the Imprint Festival in Kilmarnock as well as numerous writers groups.
I am happy to work with all ages, have a lot of experience of collaborative workshops with writers and have been involved in many cross-curricular arts activities and schools projects.
I was one of the twelve Dumfries and Galloway writers included in Chuckies from the Cairn 2009, published by Luath with my illustrations.