Born in Dundee but now based in Glasgow, I’ve been writing since the age of 19, when I started a career in journalism. Since then I’ve written and edited for a range of publications, including The Big Issue in Scotland, The Sunday Mail, The Herald, The Scottish Daily Mail and The Daily Record. In my free time, after dabbling a little with poetry, I set about writing my debut novel, Moristoun, in 2012. It was finally published in March 2016.
About writer's work
Moristoun explores the taboo topic of suicide as it speculates about the afterlife for Scottish suicide victims. Since the book’s release I have worked with the suicide prevention charity Chris’s House, which tries to break the stigma surrounding suicide by getting people to talk about the subject more. Hopefully my book – which has the message that no matter how dark things become, there’s always hope – can help create more of a dialogue about suicide. Moristoun also explores the role technology plays in making people more lonely and isolated, a theme I’m writing about again in my next book, which is about an internet troll. I feel technology is having a dangerous effect on society and find it an interesting topic. I try to tackle these dark themes by using humour.
Websites featuring the authorMoristounPoetryDaily Record Article on Moristounwww.rhesuspark.com
Current events and projects
I’d be happy to take part in readings and workshops. I feel I could pass on the benefit of my experience in journalism and how the skills I’ve learned as a sub-editor played a key role in helping write and edit my novel.
Moristoun is about the afterlife for suicide victims and I feel it’s important for teenagers and adults to talk more about what remains a taboo topic. I have done quite a lot of research into the history of suicide in literature and can deliver a talk about how writers have approached such a difficult subject matter.
I can also spread the message of what I’ve learned from working with the suicide prevention charity Chris’s House. I now know people can get help in their darkest hour and it’s important others learn they are not alone.
As a journalist, I have been published in several national newspapers and magazines, including The Big Issue, The Sunday Mail, The Herald and The Daily Record.
I have also written several poems for the website Poetry Soup and in 2013 I created a spoof website called rhesuspark.com which I continue to write and design.
Most recently, I wrote a piece for the website Positively Scottish about my experiences with the charity Chris’s House.