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I write poetry and short stories and have taught creative writing to children and adults for 20 years. I run creative writing workshops in universities, schools and libraries. I was the Scottish Book Trust reader in residence at the National Library of Scotland in 2013-14 and have run reading groups at the Scottish Poetry Library and Edinburgh International Book Festival. I taught English and Creative Writing for the Open University and Edinburgh Napier and currently teach in a secondary school.
I received a New Writers Award for short fiction and my stories have been widely published in magazines such as Harpers, New Writing Scotland and Mslexia. I was a runner up in the 2009 Bridport Prize and was included in the Salt's Best British Short Stories 2016. My collection of poems, The Lost Original was published by Happenstance Press in 2016. I have edited three collections of poetry for the Scottish Poetry Library: The Poem Goes to Prison, Tools of the Trade: poems for new doctors and To Learn the Future: poems for teachers.
I am a member of Shore Poets, Edinburgh's monthly platform for live poetry and am a trustee of StAnza, Scotland's annual poetry festival.