Projects

Story Café, Women’s Aid East and Midlothian

I established a Story Café with a group of survivors of domestic abuse at Women’s Aid East and Midlothian. (I did this with the support of the Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities.) This work is on-going and is all about developing confidence and self-esteem through shared reading and creative writing sessions.

The Dangerous Women Project

The women’s writing, a collaborative poem called ‘A Dangerous Woman’, was inspired by The Dangerous Women Project being run by the University of Edinburgh. The poem was published on the website and went on to be shortlisted in The Write to End Violence Against Women Awards, 2016. All the women were invited to a ceremony at the Scottish Parliament. The poem can be read here: http://dangerouswomenproject.org/2016/03/17/497/

Uncovered Artistry

A group from WAEML, have had their collaborative poem, ‘The Thing Is’, published in ‘The Uncovered Voices Anthology’ (2018).

Dunbar Dementia Carers’ Support Group

I have delivered several workshops to this community group through a variety of shared readings and creative writing exercises. 'I was never a Rebel' has been published on the group’s Facebook page and was also published as part of the Scottish Book Trust’s Rebel Project. 

CoastWord

I am a regular contributor to East Lothian’s CoastWord Festival and have organised and chaired author events with writers including Val McDermid, Lin Anderson, Ann Cleeves, Alexandra Sokoloff and Alison Belsham. I have also delivered a newspaper project with a group of school children who devised content and produced an online newspaper as part of Dunbar’s CoastWord Festival. The group created content and published this in just a few hours!

Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival

In this Masterclass, writer Alison Belsham and I gave pointers about what makes a good premise and synopsis with a variety of writing exercises. In the practice-based sessions, participants were able to produce their own pitches which they then delivered to the rest of the class.

Alison is the author of The Tattoo Thief (Trapeze, May 2018) which she pitched in 2016 at the Pitch Perfect event at the Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival and was judged the winner.)

How I Can Work With You

I believe everyone has the ability to write, sometimes you just need a bit of encouragement and direction.  I love working with people to help them find their voice and develop confidence through creative writing. I am happy to work with groups or individuals and can tailor a programme to suit your specific needs. My experience covers working with asylum seekers, survivors of domestic abuse, people with mental health issues, elderly people, those affected by dementia, school-children and students in the FE and HE sector. Through my workshops, I aim to engage everyone using creative methods in a safe and supportive environment.