Playing with language, having fun, is vital to creativity. Words are too powerful to take too seriously!
My non-fiction books, Wellspring and Magpie Mind, cover my specialities: helping writers and artists break down writers’ block, defeat procrastination and engage their imagination.
I have led writing workshops across Scotland for over ten years in settings such as writing groups, mental health groups, schools and prisons - for writers aged 9 to 90, covering a plethora of topics: serious to silly. I’ve a veritable library of material to draw from and extensive experience of providing tailored workshops upon request.
There are few things more thrilling than helping someone realise their own potential! I love to inspire, encourage and support fledgling writers and those who’re just a bit stuck.
As the Stirling Makar, I perform poetry and collaborate with organisations to promote and spark new writing. I write novels. My poetry and short stories have been published internationally in literary magazines and anthologies. My poetry collection, The Truth Lies, “beauty with a bite” is published by Red Squirrel Press.
A GTCS registered teacher for 20 years, I have a passion for working with young people. I lead anti-bullying professional development courses with RespectMe.