About me

I’m a writer, researcher and teacher. Here is some more information about my work:

Writing

I am an experienced writer and have worked for a number of publications including: Scotland on Sunday, The Scotsman, Life & Work, The Sunday Times, The Sunday Herald, Company, Perfect Home, The Daily Mirror, the Daily Record and PA News.

My creative writing has been shortlisted in The Write to End Violence Awards (2017), Adventures in Fiction (2011) and won The George Markstein Prize (2014).

I have contributed to the Scottish Book Trust’s Nourish Project (2017) and Rebel Project (2018).

My debut novel is currently on submission with publishers.

Research

I have a PhD in Creative Writing from Stirling University for Bloody Women: A critical – creative examination of how female protagonists have transformed contemporary Scottish and Nordic crime fiction (2018). I also hold an MA in Creative Writing.

My research papers have appeared in publications including: Lapidus International Journal, Writing with Survivors of Domestic Abuse (Autumn 2017); The Journal of American, British & Canadian Studies Bloody Women: How Female Authors Have Transformed the Scottish Contemporary Crime Fiction Genre (June 2017); WomenBeing Conference Journal, Empowering Women through Creative Writing, WomenBeing

I have also contributed to Words Work Well Scotland's Online Toolkit: 'A Dangerous Woman' and am a reviewer for The Australian Literary Studies Journal. I have contributed a chapter – an interview with Val McDermid - to Noir in the North (Bloomsbury, October 2019).

Teaching

I teach creative writing in community groups and at university level. I have also worked with primary school children, helping them set up their own newspaper project. I also run training workshops on how to set up a community-based writing project.

 My teaching portfolio includes:

  • Undergraduate students at Stirling University
  • Doctoral researchers at the Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities’ Summer School
  • Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Masterclass
  • Training Workshop for Lapidus Scotland
  • Training Workshop for Lapidus International
  • Story Café, Women’s Aid East and Midlothian
  • Story Café, Dunbar Dementia Carers Support Group
  • Dunbar Primary School, Newspaper Project
  • CoastWord Festival, Newspaper Project

I am committed to CPD to ensure excellence in teaching and to develop my own practitioner skills. I have taken several CPD courses including: Stirling University, the Glasgow Women’s Library, with Lapidus Scotland and also at the Metanoia Institute in Bristol. I have been nominated for RATE Awards, Stirling University, in two categories (I love My Tutor Award and Excellence in Teaching in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities). I also have a COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills.

I am a member of the National Association of Writers in Education and of Lapidus International, the organisation that promotes words for wellbeing.

Conferences & Events

I have presented at a number of conferences, participated in panel discussions and chaired several events including:

  • Chair & Organiser: Bloody Women, In Conversation with Lin Anderson, Alison Belsham and Alexandra Sokoloff, CoastWord Festival, Dunbar (2018)
  • Presenter at WomenBeing: International Interdisciplinary Conference on Gender Studies, Empowering Women through Creative Writing (Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh (2017)
  • Presenter at Creative Bridges: Working with Words for Wellbeing Conference (2017)
  • Writing with Women, (Lapidus and the Metanoia Institute, Bristol)
  • Conference Speaker: Questions Inside & Outside the Academy: Dangerous Women? (2017),
  • ECHIC 2017 Conference - inside/OUT, University of Edinburgh
  • Chair: In Conversation with Val McDermid, CoastWord Festival, Dunbar (2017)
  • Panel Member, Book Week, Writing Gender Violence, Stirling University (2017)
  • Presenter at Noir in the North: Bloody Women: Female Protagonists Transforming Contemporary Scottish and Scandinavian Crime Fiction (Reykjavik, Iceland 2016)
  • Chair: In Conversation with Ann Cleeves, CoastWord Festival, Dunbar (2016)
  • Presenter at Crossing Borders: Invisible Women: How crime novels can cross genre boundaries & focus on forgotten victims of crime (Arts & Humanities Postgraduate Conference, University of Stirling (2016)
  • Presenter at Nordic Research Network Conference, Bloody Women: The Role of Women in Scottish Scandinavian Crime Fiction (Nordic Research Network Conference, University of Edinburgh (2015)
  • Chair: In Conversation with Lucy Ribchester, CoastWord Festival, Dunbar (2015)