I’ve been a teacher and a librarian and worked as a freelance researcher for local history projects. I grew up in Edinburgh but spent many years in London, mostly trying to get back to Scotland. I live in a small town on the Firth of Forth and try to spend as much time as possible staring at the sea thinking deep thoughts.
About writer's work
My first novel, 'Hox', won the Kelpie's Prize 2007 and was shortlisted for the Scottish Book of the Year Award. It dealt with genetic experimentation, both animal and human,but the subject matter in my stories is very wide ranging. 'Breaker' deals with an environmental catastrophe in the Firth of Forth and 'Ushig', is a fantasy based on Scottish myths and legends. It was shortlisted for the 2011 Essex Children's Book Award. All of my books take their inspiration from the landscape and culture of Scotland, both past and present.
My latest novel, 'Charlie's Promise' is set in Scotland on the eve of the Second World War. It tells the story of Charlie's efforts to befriend Jozef, a Jewish refugee from the Holocaust that is about to engulf Europe and help him find his way to safety. The issues it deals with are still relevant today.
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Current events and projects
I am happy to offer readings or workshops either based on my own novels or more general aspects of writing. I welcome audience participation and prefer my visits to be a two-way interactive process rather than a formal talk. One of my most popular events is a ‘choose your own adventure’ based on Scottish myths for Primaries 6 & 7. I also work with children and adults with learning difficulties or other disabilities in order to encourage their interest in stories and the world of books.