My poetry and prose have been published in a variety of journals and anthologies, with some work shortlisted for major prizes. I explore many of the themes of the human condition: love, life, death. I also have a real interest in nature. My writing reflects my fundamental creative question: what is it that lurks beneath the surface of what we see around us?
Good Morning, my first poetry collection, was published in 2010 by diehard, who will also publish my second collection Tales from the Dartry Mountains in 2019. My first novel To Live With What You Are was published by Postbox Press in 2019.
I have experience of running writing workshops for adults, including jointly developing creative writing and meditation workshops with a holistic therapist. I also have experience of working in school settings. As a social worker for over thirty years I've often used writing with children and young people. I enjoy collaborating with other creative colleagues, including musicians and visual artists. I have judged writing competitions for adults and children, and am a member of the board of directors for the Scottish Writers' Centre.
(Photo credit: Isabel Addie)
(Works in Scots)