I grew up in Linlithgow before attending the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, where I graduated with a First in Creative Writing and the bones of my first novel, Shop Front. Since then I have pursued a career in writing short stories and working on longer projects including novels and novellas.
About writer's work
In my shorter fiction I seem to always come back to three main topics: the sea, running away, and partnership. In my longer work I have moved from knife-crime and cancer, through confused sexuality, on to loneliness and alienation, and I’m currently tackling the rise of radical politics. My novels all tend to have a vein of humour running through them, however, to try and lighten these fairly heavy topics, and to give myself the hard task of trying to pitch a funny book about fascism.
Websites featuring the authorWebsite | Octavius Magazine
Current events and projects
I am happy to do any type of event, but I have most experience doing readings, talks and workshops. I have a wide range of short stories and novel extracts to read from and these can be incorporated into talks about writing and how to get published (I recently did a sesson at Portobello High School about this), and I have taught classes on how to start a short story at Linlithgow Academy and Greenfaulds High School. I am always happy to adapt lessons or talks according to the event and audience.
I am available for events in all authorities accessible by public transport from Glasgow.
I am editor of literary magazine Octavius, which publishes creative writing from students in Scotland. For more information, visit www.octaviusmagazine.com.