I was born in 1950, grew up in S.W.Scotland and came back after a long time elsewhere about 5 years ago. I now live alone, on the high moorland in western Galloway. I have two grown up children, a terrier, a garden and no mobile phone. I am a feminist, a socialist and a Christian – in no particular order.
About writer's work
I write fiction – mainly short stories now – mostly hyper- (or magic) realist, exploring the boundaries of beauty and terror. I use a lot old stories (myths, fairy stories, folk tales etc.) to my own more contemporary ends. I have recently got very interested in “the new nature writing” and issues around ecology and sustainability. I am presently writing a book about Forests and Fairy Stories (which is a cross over fiction/non-fiction work) and am also preparing a new collection of short stories based on conversations with scientists. (One of these, Moss Witch, was short listed for the BBC short story prize in 2009.) I also write non-fiction, in book form and as articles/ essays etc.
See my website for a full bibliography, and details of my other work.