Australian by passport, I was born in Kathmandu and brought up in South Asia, moving to Melbourne for a teaching degree in English, Drama and Dance. I have worked in India, Nepal, Australia and Scotland in a variety of arts and education roles and now live in the Cairngorms National Park with my husband and two sons. I combine writing with teaching, leading workshops and rolling up my sleeves in the local school and community.
About writer's work
My first major work was the stage play, The Long Way Home, performed in theatres in central Scotland in 1997 and broadcast on Radio Scotland. In 2004 I was awarded a Scottish Arts Council New Writer’s Bursary for short stories set in Nepal, and these, along with others, have been successful in competitions, published in literary magazines and broadcast on Radio 4. My play, The Colour of Light, was broadcast on Radio Scotland in September 2009; Immaculate, on Radio 4 in November 2011 and My Life and Other Stories on Radio 4 in 2016. In 2007 I was awarded a further Scottish Arts Council Bursary for my first novel, A House Called Askival, published to strong reviews in 2014. Because of my upbringing, I am drawn to cross-cultural themes, and often write about the shifting territories of identity, belonging and faith. Set across a century of India’s recent history, the novel explores these ideas through the experiences of an American missionary family and the Indians who share and shape their lives. I am currently working on a novel set in the Highlands of Scotland, exploring the land and the relationships to it.
Websites featuring the authorWebsiteReading from Her Novel Interview for Commonwealth Voices Interview with Culture Studio Freight Books Linked In NAWE Guardian Article
Current events and projects
Happy to provide readings, residencies, workshops and teaching for any age group and ability level. (I have experience of them all!) Recent projects include Creative Writing workshops with primary aged children, teenagers in school, adults with learning difficulties and adults in an evening class.
Short Stories broadcast on Radio 4 and published in the following: Willesden Herald Short Stories, Northwords Now, Chapter One Promotions, The Fish Anthology, New Writing Scotland, Middlesex University Press Anthology, Chapman, The Edinburgh Review and Wasafiri.
Plays: "My Life & Other Stories" - Radio 4, "Immaculate" – Radio 4, "The Colour of Light" – Radio Scotland, "The Long Way Home" stage play and on Radio Scotland.
Collaborative projects include: St Andrews Uni Creative Writing Summer School, Eden Court Creative, Northern Deanery GP Trainers Group, Cairngorms Learning Partnership, ArtLink Central, local schools and libraries