I am a writer
of fiction and narrative non-fiction published in 3:AM Magazine, McSweeneys, the Independent, Parallel, The Pool, and several books including Nasty Women, Know Your Place, and The Digital Critic.
I am a critic
with book review and literary commentary published in the Times Literary Supplement, the Guardian, Glasgow Review of Books, Review 31, Scottish Review of Books, The List, and others. I undertook the inaugural Scottish Review of Books Emerging Critics Scheme.
I am a publisher
based in Glasgow. I’m Publishing Manager at HarperCollins, where I acquire and manage a growing list of exciting titles within Collins reference and National Geographic Kids ranges. As an editor I love poring over the work of illustrators and commissioning talented writers as well as working with cartographers and lexicographers expert in their field, and I learn strange new facts every day. I’m a board member of Scottish PEN and co-operatively owned Gutter Magazine and sit on the Trade and Marketing Committee of Publishing Scotland.
I am a speaker
both as a publisher and as a writer, for television and radio and at events including Edinburgh International Book Festival, Belfast International Arts Festival, National Theatre of Scotland’s Just Start Here, Birmingham Book Festival, Literary Dundee’s Write Stuff, Creative Edinburgh’s Talking Heads, PEN International’s Writers Resist, Interrobang?!, the Verse Hearse, Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival, Open the Door at Glasgow Women’s Library. I have chaired a variety of literary events and book launches.
I welcome writing commissions and speaking enquiries. For writing portfolio and more information please see the tabs above.
before my current roles I specialised in editorial, author and event liaison, and publicity and managerial marketing services for indie publishers of literary, commercial, and translated books as well as managing marketing strategy for large public and third sector clients, and have worked as an editor of literary magazines and novels and a guest editor for cultural publications. Among other awards, I was on the winning team for the Saltire Society’s Publisher of the Year in 2015, was personally shortlisted for Saltire Society’s Emerging Publisher of the Year in 2016/2017 and for Adopt an Intern’s inaugural Intern of the Year 2014-15 award held at the Scottish Parliament. I created Lunchtime Poetry, a daily poetry newsletter featured in the Guardian and created early online book events with international promotional focus such as #ScotEbookDay and #ETeaParty, the latter featured as a book marketing success in the 2014 book Blogging For Writers.