Friday Four’ for Portobello Book Blog

Fave Fives’ for Love Book Group

2017: ‘From New House to Drake’s Close’, published as part of The Belonging Project.

2017: ‘Giuseppe and Rosa go up in the World’ to be recorded and made available as a podcast, as part of the Echoes in the City project.

2017: ‘Going into Battle with a Kenwood Mixer’ published by Scottish Book Trust as part of their ‘Nourish’ project.

2016-2017: Coastword Festival Writer in Residence

2016-2017: Tyne & Esk Creative Writing Fellow

2016: ‘Two Trumpets’ published as part of Midlothian Council Autism Strategy.

2016: Appeared at Aye Write, Coastword, Portobello Book Festival, Blackwells at the Fringe and Edinburgh City of Lit’s Unbound at The Edinburgh International Book Festival.  

2016: ‘My Daughter is a Dangerous Woman’ published in the Dangerous Women project by ASH, Edinburgh University

2016: ‘Female: Insane’ published in New Writing Scotland 34, ‘Talking about Lobsters’.

2016: ‘We Know Something You Don’t Know’ published in Scottish Book Trust’s ‘Secrets and Confessions’.

2016: Mentor for two young people in the Scottish Book Trust 'What's Your Story?' programme.

2016: Awarded Hawthornden Fellowship.

2015: ‘Larry’s World Famous Pasta Sauce’ published in Books From Scotland Homegrown project

2015: Appeared at Portobello Book Festival, CoastWord, Dundee Literary Festival.

2015: Novel Truestory published by Sandstone Press

2015: 'The Little Golden Apple with the Tiny Golden Bite', published in The Grind issue V

2015: Winner of CoastWord Festival short story competition with 'Cock-eyed' which was published in 'The Hotel' anthology.

2015: 'Caravans, Midges, Fish and Bollards' for Scottish Book Trust Journeys project.

2015: ‘Cowpunk’ published in New Writing Dundee 8.

2015: Shortlisted in The Fiction Desk Newcomer Prize.


2014: Appeared at ‘Spoken Word Sunday’ with Appletree Writers, and performed at Portobello Book Festival and Winter Words Festival, at Pitlochry

2014: 'Big Metal Bucket' for Scottish Book Trust Home project.

2014: Shortlisted for Bloody Scotland Short Story Competition

2014: Longlisted for the Bath Short Story Award

2014: 'Ugly Baby' included in anthology 'Speak!' published by Appletree Writers Press.

2013: Winner of Tyne & Esk Writer of the Year, judged by Zoe Strachan and Christine de Luca.

2013: 'The Cutting Ring' performed at Story Shop at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

2013: Scottish Book Trust Treasures project.

2013: Interview with Summerhall TV

2013: Long listed for the Bristol Short Story Prize.

2013: ‘Revlon Orange Flip’ Shortlisted in spring Writersphere Prize and published online.

2013: Shortlisted in Mslexia Women’s Short Story Competition

2013: Received a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award for Fiction.

2012: Creative non-fiction book pitch Body Disposal for Beginners shortlisted in the HI~Arts/Jenny Brown Associates creative non-fiction competition.

2012: Shortlisted for the Asham Award.

2012: ‘Why Did I Ever sleep with Maurice Todd?’ Published in Gutter 7.

2012: ‘Dear Family Member, Friend, Passing Acquaintance,’ performed at Story Shop at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

2012: ‘Burnished Bronze and Leopard Skin’ received a special merit in the Inspired? Get Writing! Short story competition and was performed at the National Gallery of Scotland.

2011: Chicken Dust, shortlisted in the inaugural Mslexia Women’s Novel Competition.

2010: ‘Mercy Boo Coo’ published in Scottish Family Legends, broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland, including a live interview and performed at West Port Book Festival.

2010: ‘San Rocco’ shortlisted in books short story competition. Published in e-anthology 7 Food stories from Rome.