About me

I have always loved reading and writing and my short stories and poetry have been published in various anthologies.

I have been shortlisted in national writing competitions and been a writer in residence with Women’s Aid East and Midlothian. This work has twice been nominated in the Write to End Violence Against Women Awards.

A former journalist, I spent much of my working life in Glasgow, Edinburgh and London. I have also worked in marketing and communications and have an MA in Creative Writing from Kingston University and a PhD from Stirling University where I researched the role of women in Scottish and Nordic contemporary crime fiction. I now teach creative writing in the community and am a project facilitator on bold, a project being delivered in partnership by Edinburgh University and Queen Margaret University and funded by the Life Changes Trust.

I am particularly interested in creative writing for health and well-being and run a small social enterprise in East Lothian, Sharing A Story CIC, where we use shared reading and creative writing sessions to reduce social isolation and build confidence. 

My favourite authors, in no particular order, include Val McDermid, Liza Marklund, Elif Shafak, Shari Low and Lin Anderson. And I could go on and on . . .