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My novel Keep Walking, Rhona Beech (Abacus, 2019) is the 2nd edition of, Head for the Edge, Keep Walking (Cargo) which had five stars on Amazon since 2014. Short stories have appeared in journals, such as The Brooklyn Review, The Texas Review and Gutter Magazine. 'People Made Glasgow' was selected as a Best Scottish Poem 2016 and became a motion at The Scottish Parliament. My poetry pamphlet tilt-shift was runner-up in the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award, 2017. In 2019 I was included in The Edwin Morgan Trust's international translation workshop.
I've received three Creative Scotland funding awards, for fiction and poetry, and been selected for literature residencies, including Cove Park and Vermont Studio Center.
On gaining a Masters in Creative Writing, I lectured in creative writing at the City of Glasgow College. I have run writing sessions for adults and children (including young carers, looked-after teens, primary schools in museums, adult learners, NHS staff development, library groups). Topics include introductions to aspects of poetry and fiction, found text projects. My kids Superheroes session featured in TES. I've been a children literacy volunteer for various organisations, and chaired author event at festivals, such as Edinburgh International Book Festival. (Photo credit: Herald & Times)
Aberdeen City; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; Shetland; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian
Adult learners; Care-experienced people; Carers; English as an additional language (EAL); Reluctant readers; Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts); Young people with additional support needs (under 18) (ASN/SEN)
Topics of work
Class & society; Comedy, humour & funny books; Contemporary fiction; Death, grief & bereavement; Friendship; Gender equality; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Loneliness & isolation