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I am an award-winning writer who has worked in film, television and prose. I like to write between the margins, about people we don’t often see in our stories.
My film My Loneliness is Killing Me won a Bafta Scotland Award, and I am currently developing several projects for television.
I have written fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults, including The Extraordinary Life of Alan Turing and The Extraordinary Life of Freddie Mercury for Puffin. I also have a short story featured in Juno Dawson’s Proud.
I edited We Were Always Here, an anthology of queer Scottish writing, for 404 Ink.
I have a background in youth work and working with LGBTI+ communities. I set up and ran Trans Youth Glasgow, and previously worked on LGBT History Month Scotland.
I have worked in schools, and lectured on queer film and television.
I have read in a range of different settings, taken part in panels and hosted events around the UK.
My favourite workshops to run are on inspiring creativity, coming up with new ideas and using our own experiences in our writing.
I am especially keen to chair panels on writing for Young Adults and queer writing.
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
Events can deliver
Mentoring; Panel event; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop; Professional development, CLPL or CPD
Audience can work with
English as an additional language (EAL); Intergenerational learning; Outdoor learning; Adults with additional support needs; People experiencing mental health problems; People living with dementia; Prisoners & young offenders; Reluctant readers; Vulnerable young people (under 18); Vulnerable adults; Vulnerable older people; Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts); Young people with additional support needs (under 18) (ASN/SEN)
Topics of work
Adolescence; Childhood; Class & society; Contemporary fiction; Editing & editing your own work; Event production; Family; Gender equality; Health including mental health & wellbeing; LGBTQIA+ characters; Loneliness & isolation; Love & romance; Politics; Poverty