My work

2014

  • My short story, A Story of Homecoming, was published in the Scottish Book Trust’s Stories of Home anthology. More than 150,000 copies were distributed around Scotland. You can read the story online, download the ebook and listen to the audiobook here.

2015

  • As part of 26, my sestude Diablada was chosen for the 26 Children’s Winters project, where items were picked from the Museum of Childhood and writers’ responses displayed at a special exhibition from October 2015 to April 2016. You can view the sestude and read the blog post explaining the writing process here, and there’s also press reviews and a TV slot on STV Edinburgh’s Fountainbridge Show here. I read my piece at the exhibition launch and (briefly!) for the TV cameras. The sestudes were later published, with proceeds from the book going to local charity It’s Good 2 Give.
  • At the NineWorlds convention, I was part of an attempt to write a collaborative novella, dubbed #NaNoSessionMo and run by Chris Farnell. The result, a SF adventure called The Phantom of the Space Opera, is available as a free download. (I wrote chapter 14, by the way.)
  • I contributed to The Book of Because, sold by 26 and intended to be distributed to businesses and clients. (All proceeds from the book go back to 26 as a non-profit.)

2016

  • I participated in the LitLong workshop, in conjunction with Edinburgh University, City of Literature and author/poet Russell Jones. Writers were required to respond to the idea of place after a tour of the Old Town with the LitLong app. My short story, A Beltane Prayer, was shortlisted for the annual writing competition, and was published by Freight in the Umbrellas of Edinburgh anthology in November, which features Edinburgh Makar Christine de Luca and New Writers Award winner Pippa Goldschmidt. My story features in a relaunched version of the app, available to download for iOS and Android.
  • In April, I was chosen for another 26 project, The 26 Steps, themed around landscape and psychogeography. My trip took me from Edinburgh to Fife, across the Forth Road Bridge, and my sestude Maggie and Malcolm is available to read on the 26 steps website, with a photo and sketch map of my route.
  • I was selected as one of the 17 Story Shop participants, and read my short story Loch na Beiste at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. You can read more about my experience, and watch the video of my reading, on this post.
  • I have published a short story collection, Hooves Above the Waves, which features my Story Shop story – it’s available on Kindle and in paperback here, on Smashwords as an EPUB here, and it’s also available in-person in the Blackwell’s South Bridge branch in Edinburgh, and the Fruitmarket Gallery.
  • My non-fiction piece, What A Way To Make A Living, was published as part of the Dangerous Women project, which showcases a piece on what it means to be a ‘dangerous woman’ in the run-up to International Women’s Day 2017.

2017

  • Shortlisted for the Echoes of the City project with the short story Laid Bare.
  • Selected for the non-fiction Bi-ble anthology by feminist press Monstrous Regiment, which will be published in October.
  • Writing a short piece for the 26 Memory Maps project, which will feature at the Bloomsbury Festival with BBC Radio 4 broadcaster Alan Dein.
  • Writing a series of responses to a photography exhibition exploring isolation and mental health, for the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival.

Works-in-progress/full-length works

  • I am currently seeking representation for my first novel, The Silent Storm, a YA urban fantasy set in 1980s Edinburgh.
  • The sequel, working title The Dead Town, is in its first draft.
  • Laundry Day, a short story about death, sexuality and banshees, was developed into a full novel for Camp NaNoWriMo, and is currently being edited under the new title The Banshee’s Kiss, with a view to seeking representation.
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