44 years old. Fiction writer.
About writer's work
Over the past 25 years I have attempted all known forms of creative writing, and eventually gravitated towards the novel. I aim to produce exciting, thought-provoking fiction. My favourite authors are Orwell, Harold Pinter, Hubert Selby, Phillip K. Dick, Beckett, Joyce, and London. My favourite Scottish authors are Kelman, Gray, Leonard, and Galloway.
The strong points in my work are my ability to confront unpleasant facts, first-person narratives, monologues, sharp dialogue, and my dark humour. My weak points include a powerful aversion to clichés and stereotypes, which makes most of my work unsuitable for mainstream consumption. Much of my work in recent years centres around the themes of conspiracy, silence, and secrets, be they on the personal, family, civic or national/international levels. I have been awarded Scottish Arts Council Writers Bursaries (2001 and 2007) and the Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship in 2002.
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Current events and projects
I have worked with great variety of groups via Scottish Book Trust sessions during past 5 years; these include: schools (primary and secondary), prisons and hospitals (HMP Perth, State Hospital, Carstairs, Edinburgh Royal Hospital), community groups, youth project-work, collaborative projects with graffiti artists, cartoonists etc.
Please feel free to get in touch to discuss your project; I may have worked on something similar already. I will work with any number of any age-group on condition that details are confirmed in advance.
My short stories and articles have appeared in Chapman (No. 105 – ‘On With The Future!’), Edinburgh Review, West Coast Magazine, Variant, Product, and Cutting Teeth.