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From Durness to Dalmellington, having a camper van means I can easily travel to all locations in Scotland at minimal expense to deliver a variety of talks and workshops to children and adults. I am available for all types of events, readings, residencies, creative writing workshops, and performances. My talks and workshops include lively presentations, reading references and practical exercises designed to engage with even the most reluctant students.
As a professionally trained facilitator I have delivered successful workshops to a wide range of audiences including Shell oil executives, teenage singles mothers, refugees and asylum seekers, young offenders at HMYOI Polmont, and students of both state and privately owned schools.
I am an active member of Scottish PEN and sit on the editorial board of the online magazine PENning. My debut novel The Incomers was short listed for the Saltire First Book Award. The novel deals with migration, alienation, racial prejudice, religion as well as bullying. My Sun Song Trilogy is a thrilling future fiction tale of survival, family and identity. Although I was born in the Scottish Borders, I was brought up in a Fife mining village. I now live in Stirlingshire.
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; Intergenerational learning; Outdoor learning; Adults with additional support needs; People experiencing mental health problems; 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)
Topics of work
Activism & protest; Adolescence; Adventure; Ageing; Biography & memoir; Characters of colour & BAME characters; Childhood; Class & society; Coasts, seas & oceans; Comedy, humour & funny books; Contemporary fiction; Death, grief & bereavement; Discrimination & prejudice; Drug addiction, alcoholism & substance abuse; Editing & editing your own work; Emigration & immigration; Environment & climate; Event production; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Family; Fantasy; Food; Friendship; Gender equality; Health including mental health & wellbeing; History; Horror; Human rights; Island communities; Loneliness & isolation; Love & romance; Music; Mystery & thriller; Nature; Politics; Poverty; Publishing & getting published; Rural communities; Science fiction; Travel writing; Violence & abuse