I am a Scot with Irish roots. Although born in the Scottish Borders I was brought up in a small Fife mining village. I resigned from a finance role in Shell Oil in 2005 to concentrate on writing. I am a very youthful granny to three lovely children. In my spare time I garden, play guitar and whistle and try to get out on the hills when I can but find since completing my Munros in 2006 other things take priority. I live in Stirlingshire with my husband Colin.
About writer's work
I am a Scottish writer and although the themes of my work vary in content and tone from light hearted to polemic and have a worldwide geographical spread, there is usually a strong Scottish connection.
I have had work published in many publication including Northwords Now, Crannog, Countryside Tales, Brittle Star, Giggle, The Scottish Mountaineer and a number of anthologies.
I have been subeditor of The Scottish Mountaineer magazine and taught various classes for North Glasgow College and WEA. These included Money Management, Kitchen Gardening and Creative Writing.
From 2007 – 2013 I was one of the main organisers of Weegie Wednesday, a Glasgow based literary networking group. At the same time I held the role of Finance Convenor of the Federation of Writers Scotland and sat on the editorial board of New Voices Press, the chief imprint of the Federation of Writers Scotland.
I am an active member of Scottish Pen and sit on their committee for Writers in Exile.
I run writing workshops for a wide variety of groups. Some past groups include Refugees and Asylum Seekers and also young offenders in HMYOI Polmont.
My first novel The Incomers was published in April 2012 and was shortlisted for the Saltire Society First Book Award.
Ways of the Doomed and Wants of the Silent are books one and two in my Sun Song Trilogy. A thrilling Future Fiction tale of survival, family and identity. Book Three will be published in 2019.
All novels are published by Fledgling Press. To contact Fledgling Press please see further information on their website.
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Current events and projects
I am available for all types of events, readings, residencies, workshops, and performances.
My Sun Song Trilogy is set in a future world barely recognisable as Europe, where climate change has altered borders and made many lands desolate. Citizens are separated into two classes, Privileged and their slaves, the natives (Celts). There are a number of issues raised in the novels that should appeal to schools. I have prepared a Teacher Guide linked to the Curriculum for Excellence. It contains details of six modules on the subjects of Author Visit, Creating a New World, Word Games, Politics and Propaganda, Food, Energy.
This world will be inherited by the youth of today and my novels will give them a glimpse into an extreme version of what a future world may look like.
My novel The Incomers deals with migration, alienation, racial prejudice, religion as well as bullying. Although the story takes place in 1966 these issues are still relevant today. I would like to take these issues into schools and use the story to teach a little about our social history and the effect it had on communities. I would also like to explore the differences in cultural migration between then and now using examples of such things as music and our eating habits as an illustration of the changes.
The Incomers also looks at women’s struggles drawing parallels between working class women in Fife and African women. Because of this I would like to work with women from all cultures and classes.
A few years ago I worked with women in some deprived areas in Glasgow. I taught them money management, kitchen gardening and creative writing. This was demanding because their lives were so chaotic, but after a while I began to break down the barriers and we achieved some real results. Unfortunately the funding was unavailable to continue with the project.
As an active member of Scottish Pen I engage with refugees and asylum seekers and work with them to create new writing.
To support my Sun Song Trilogy I have prepared a Teacher Guide linked to the Curriculum for Excellence. It contains details of six modules on the subjects of Author Visit, Creating a New World, Word Games, Politics and Propaganda, Food, Energy.
Here is an example of my worksheets prepared to provide a Learning Outcome from my visit:
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