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I am the author of three novels: The Girl I Left Behind (2020), The Invisible Chains (2021), Where Are You? (2021); and a creative writing prompts book, Just Write! (2020).
I am particularly interested in creative writing for health and well-being and run a small social enterprise using creative sessions to reduce social isolation and build confidence. I teach at university level and also in the community where I have worked with survivors of domestic abuse, the elderly, people living with dementia, carers and people with acquired brain injuries. I also deliver training in First Aid for Mental Health.
I have been a writer in residence with Women’s Aid East and Midlothian and this work has twice been nominated in the Write to End Violence Against Women Awards.
I have a PhD in Creative Writing from Stirling University where I researched the role of women in contemporary Scottish and Nordic crime fiction and wrote The Invisible Chains. All profits from the sale of this book go to the TARA Project and SOHTIS to support those affected by human trafficking.