I'm a children's author and qualified primary school teacher who grew up in north Glasgow, hooked on books and adventure! After studying Physics at the University of Glasgow, I set out on my own real life adventures, which included teaching Maths and Science in Cameroon, training teachers in Malawi, teaching English in China and working with children with additional support needs in the UK.
I'm passionate about creating inclusive worlds in my novels where all children can see a reflection of themselves in a heroic role. I love visiting schools and speaking at festivals to encourage children of all ages to write their own stories and exercise their imaginations, and I have been author in residence at Forrester High School, and patron of reading at Brechin High School.
I have lots of experience of running hour-long interactive, activity-based book talks, as well as longer in-depth creative writing workshops for children and adults, which can be based around diverse themes ranging from fantasy, science fiction and contemporary issues. The main aim of my school visits is to help children develop their own love of reading and inspire them to tell their own unique tales through fun, child-centred activities.