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I am a poet, editor and live artist living in Edinburgh. My second collection, The Good Dark, won the Saltire Society's 2015 Poetry Book of the Year award. My poems have appeared in Modern Poetry in Translation, New Writing Scotland and The American Poetry Review. I was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson fellowship in 2012 and the Jessie Kesson fellowship at Moniack Mhor in 2018.
As a member of Highlight Arts, I have organised festivals and translation workshops in Syria, Pakistan and Iraq. I have delivered workshops and performances around the world. I've led sessions with 300 Mexican primary school students, teenagers in Berlin and elderly folk in Jura. I pride myself on engaging and accessible sessions tailored to the needs of each client. Since being the Scottish Poetry Library's reader in residence I've built a reputation for providing energising and inspiring workshops centred around poetry.
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; Performance; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop; Professional development, CLPL or CPD; Chairing events
Audience can work with
Adult learners; Care-experienced people; Carers; English as an additional language (EAL); 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
Activism & protest; Adolescence; Ageing; Childhood; Coasts, seas & oceans; Drug addiction, alcoholism & substance abuse; Editing & editing your own work; Emigration & immigration; Environment & climate; Event production; Family; Human rights; Island communities; Loneliness & isolation; Nature; Performance training; Politics; Publishing & getting published; Self-publishing & independent publishing; Travel writing; Vehicles; Wars & conflicts; World War 1; World War 2