I'm an award-winning, Edinburgh-based author and journalist and an experienced public speaker. I work in books, newspapers, magazines and broadcast. My career began in news and conflict reporting, and I have since worked for Oxfam and elsewhere as a campaigner and an investigative journalist. For five years I was a columnist for the Times newspaper on food policy and culture.
Topics I've covered recently include Scotland's history of slavery and my own family's part in that (Blood Legacy), crimes and abuse in residential schools (Stiff Upper Lip and the award-winning BBC Radio 4 series In Dark Corners) and food and the environment (13 Foods that Shape Our World), a collaboration with BBC Radio 4's The Food Programme.
I regularly talk about my work in schools, libraries, festivals and other events. I have taken part in CPD events for psychotherapists and counsellors. I like to use PowerPoint or similar, if facilities are available.
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