I am the author of seven books, including the novels No Fireworks, Hope for Newborns and Bring Me the Head of Ryan Giggs, also Alasdair Gray: A Secretary’s Biography. My next book, Michel Faber, is published in 2023. My work has been nominated for ten international awards and I won a Somerset Maugham Award for Nonfiction for my Gray biography. Since Gray’s death in 2019, I continue to work alongside the Alasdair Gray Archive, including curating public events on Gray’s work.
I have extensive events experience. My books have taken me to literary festivals around the world, while I hugely enjoy Chairing at literary festivals across Scotland, from Aye Write! to Edinburgh to the Boswell Book Festival. Over the last fifteen years, I’ve Chaired established international and Scottish authors. I also curate literary events as Convener of the MLitt in Creative Writing at the University of Strathclyde, where we host diverse writers from near and far, recently including the likes of Chitra Ramaswamy and Makar Kathleen Jamie.
I offer workshops, talks about reading and writing, I visit schools, libraries and community groups, and am equally comfortable presenting the work of others as I am my own.