I am a novelist, literary editor and educator. Two of my five published novels - The Credit Draper (2008) and The Liberation of Celia Kahn (2011) are set within Glasgow's Jewish community in the 1920s, while a third, The Land Agent (2014), is set in Palestine during the same period. I have also written about contemporary and 1950s Japan in my novel An Exquisite Sense of What is Beautiful (2013).
My work has been shortlisted for The McKitterick Prize. I have been awarded several writers' bursaries from Creative Scotland and The Society of Authors, and I am a former recipient of the prestigious Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship.
I have given many talks in prisons, schools, libraries and festivals throughout Scotland as well as workshops and masterclasses on creative writing especially with an emphasis on historical fiction and its research. I am also an editor with The Blue Pencil Agency and have been a mentor for Scottish Book Trust. (Photo credit: Linda Puetter)