I'm an experienced creative writing tutor and have taught for the St Andrews Creative Writing Summer School since 2010 and for the University for the Creative Arts (by distance learning) since 2013. I also work as a mentor and give workshops at book festivals and schools.
I am a poet, short story writer, novelist and book reviewer. I have an MLitt in Creative Writing and a PhD which explored contemporary poetry and science, both from the University of St Andrews. My writing has been published in journals and anthologies including Gutter, Magma, New Writing Scotland and The Book of Iona, and in 2016 I received a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust. I have also won the Robert McLellan Poetry Award, the Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition and the Bridge Award for an Emerging Writer.
My first novel, Brantwood, was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize and I received funding from Creative Scotland to complete it. I have read my work at the Ullapool Book Festival, Scottish Poetry Library, The Kemptown Bookshop (Brighton), and at the Scottish Book Trust's New Writers Award Showcase.