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I'm a writer and former academic. I've published a psychological thriller, non-fiction, articles and texts on films and lots of academic stuff. I'm currently working on a critical biography and two more novels. I work closely with literary organisations such as PEN to perform in and run events. I can read from my own fiction or do illustrated talks on films, psychological thrillers, psychogeography, creative dementia, the spies of World War One, serial killers, or Scottish identity.
At the moment I'm interested in Scotland's relationship with Europe and I'm writing and organising gigs on that subject. I've authored or co-authored work on creative writing and walking, creative writing and dementia, Scottish miserablism, the work of Alan Sharp, Bill Forsyth, the film adaptations of John Buchan's The Thirty-Nine Steps, contemporary Ayrshire writers, Walter Scott's impact on film and the connections between Northern Ireland, Scotland and Europe.
I'm also active on the boards of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies and Scottish PEN, where I chair an International Committee and a Writers for Peace committee. I'm also helping set up a small Scottish press.
(Works in Scots)
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Dumfries and Galloway; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Glasgow City; North Ayrshire; Renfrewshire; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling