I started writing poetry as soon as I could put pen to paper. The first published poem, when I was seven, appeared in the Sunday Mail. It was about horses – the only horse I’d seen till then was the rag-man’s pony.
Originally from Baillieston, Glasgow, I now live in Thornhill, Stirling with my family.
About writer's work
I write poetry and prose, with a record of publication in a variety of journals and anthologies in Scotland, England and Ireland. Some of my work has been shortlisted for major prizes. I have a real interest in nature, and much of my writing reflects this. What is it that lurks beneath the surface of what we see around us - what glimmers there? I also explore many of the themes of the human condition: love, life and death, etc, and always try to take a view that lets the reader see a different angle.
I have collaborated with other artists, including musicians, visual artists and the Irish sculptor, Brendan McGloin.
I have experience in running writing workshops for adults, sometimes in collaboration with others. I also have experience leading workshops in school settings. I have worked as a social worker for over thirty years and often used writing and other creative approaches working with children and young people.
Good Morning, my first poetry collection, was published in September 2010 by diehard as a handcrafted ‘metallic’ hardback, and has been re-printed twice in paperback.
My first novel, To Live With What You Are, was published by Postbox Press in November 2018.
My second poetry collection, Tales from the Dartry Mountains, will be published by diehard in 2019.
Current events and projects
I am available for readings, book festivals and community or group-based project work.
I am a member of the board of directors for the Scottish Writers’ Centre.