I am the author of Demo, a novel about the coming of age of a Glasgow girl against the backdrop of the lead up to the Iraq war. Recently I have written short stories, essays and poetry reflecting life in Orkney, island life, language and literature.
The work I do here has grown out of a spell as reader in residence through Scottish Book Trust, writer and tutor for Scottish PEN's Many Voices project, and more recently, lead reader for Open Book in Orkney. Recent work has been published in Archipelagos (Ed. Uni); Between Islands (An Lanntair); Orkney Stoor, Speak for Yourself, Turangawaewae, Beuy (Abersee Press); That Bright Lifting Tide (George Mackay Brown Fellowship).
I have run creative writing workshops for many years in different settings, including deprived urban areas, with a variety of different interest or issue groups - women, visually impaired, people with mental health issues - and more recently in Orkney, Shetland, and the Western Isles. I run a regular workshop in Orkney for Orcadian speakers. I have chaired author events and taken part in panel discussions, as well as given readings of my work.