I am currently The Balmoral Hotel’s poet-in-residence, working in Gaelic, English and Polari. My poetry has been shortlisted for the Wigtown Gaelic Poetry Prize four times, winning in 2017, and I have won awards at the Virtual Mòd, Scottish Association of Writers, The Baker Prize and The Highland Literary Salon. I have published three collections of poetry and a co-authored pamphlet, the most recent being Dùileach (Evertype, 2021).
Translation is at the heart of what I do, working between languages and with collaborators – most notably speakers of Scots, Irish and Manx.
As a singer-songwriter, I have collaborated with some of Gaeldom’s favourite singers and have released a number of singles myself, pioneering pop music in the Gaelic language.
With a track-record in education, both Gaelic-medium with youngsters and with adult learners in tertiary and community settings, I am well placed to deliver either or a performance or a creative development experience.
Diversity is at the heart of what I do – whether it’s Gaelic, LGBTQ or the urban experience. I have run creative workshops for a number of groups, including the Highland LGBTQ Writers’ Group, Moniack Mhòr and Historic Environment Scotland.
(Photo credit: The Balmoral Rocco Forte Hotel)