I was CoastWord Festival ‘Writer in Residence’ in 2016 and the poetry I wrote inspired by the residency, Mrs Carlyle had Many Lovers, was published as a pamphlet by CoastWord Press.
My poem, ‘My Daughter is a Dangerous Woman’ was published as part of the ‘Dangerous Woman’ Project by IASH, Edinburgh University.
Mentoring & Workshops
I mentored two young people as part of Scottish Book Trust’s ‘What’s Your Story’ project in 2016.
From 2016 – 2018 I provided one-to-one feedback and support to the 70 members of Tyne & Esk Writers.
I have run workshops for Midlothian Council, Oban Adult Literacy Trust, Scottish Book Trust, Vibrant Musselburgh, CoastWord Festival, Disability History Scotland, Bethany Christian Trust and Inverclyde Library’s ‘Making Waves’ Project. I tailor workshops to suit the participants.
I ran a week-long memoir-writing course at Garsdale Retreat in the Yorkshire Dales.
Performances & Events
I have performed my work in Edinburgh City of Lit’s ‘Story Shop’ at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in 2012 & 2013, and ‘Unbound’ in 2016.
Here is a film of me talking about Story Shop to Summerhall TV. I have also performed at The Edinburgh International Book Festival, Wigtown Book Festival, Durham Book Festival, Aye Write! The Dundee Literary Festival, Portobello Book Festival, CoastWord Festival, Flint & Pitch’s Scottish Mental Health Festival show ‘Beginnings’, Pitlochry Winter Words Festival, The Callander Poetry Festival, Penfest, Blackwell’s at the Fringe, Appletree Writers Spoken Word Sundays, at The National Gallery of Scotland & the Scottish Poetry Library.
I have been after dinner speaker at a ‘Ladies Lunch’ and at an opening ceremony for McCarthy & Stone.
Awards, Fellowships & Residencies
From 2016 - 2018 I was Tyne & Esk Creative Writing Fellow.
I was Coastword Festival Writer in Residence 2016/17.
In 2016 was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship.
I received a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2013.
My unpublished novel, Chicken Dust, was shortlisted for the Mslexia Women’s Novel Competition, 2011, judged by Sarah Waters and Dame Jenni Murray.