I’m a dance and fiction writer based in Edinburgh. Many moons ago I studied English at the University of St Andrews, and later Shakespearean Studies at Kings College London and Shakespeare’s Globe. I then worked as the Events Coordinator for the Everyman Cinema in Hampstead, as a researcher for Al Jazeera television, a freelance writer while living in Spain, and later as the Cruise Coordinator for the National Trust for Scotland (where I worked onboard a ship, swam with icebergs, set foot on St Kilda, and finally learned how to ceilidh dance).

I won a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2013, and was shortlisted for the Costa Short Story Award in 2014. In 2016 I was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship, and my short story Succubus was shortlisted for the Manchester Fiction Prize. This year I’m working on my third novel thanks to an Open Project Award from Creative Scotland. Alongside fiction I also write about dance for The List and sometimes tutor English lit. I have taught creative writing workshops in schools, community groups and in HMP Edinburgh, and used to volunteer as a literacies tutor for Edinburgh Council. I’m a member of the Scottish Book Trust’s Live Literature Database.

I also make origami jewellery out of old book paper, and spend many hours a day admiring my greyhound Buster.


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