I am a writer
of fiction and narrative non-fiction published in 3:AM Magazine, McSweeneys, and Kinfolk and contributor to several books including Nasty Women, Know Your Place, The Digital Critic, We’ll Never Have Paris, We Were Always Here, and others. I have a weekly column in the Scotsman newspaper, and am currently working on a non-fiction book and a novel.
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, The Skinny, and others. I undertook the inaugural Scottish Review of Books Emerging Critics Scheme mentored by Alan Taylor and returned as a mentor myself, and have also served on the Saltire Society’s literary awards judging panel.
I am a publisher
I’m UK Publishing Director of Tramp Press, an Ireland-based indie publisher of ambitious literary fiction, whose award-winning authors include Mike McCormack, Emilie Pine, and Sarah Baume. I am on the board of co-operatively run Gutter magazine, which in 2018 published The Freedom Papers, the bestselling book of Edinburgh International Book Festival and a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week.
I am a speaker
of cultural commentary for television, print and radio. I’ve spoken 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 and many others, and enjoy chairing 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 and marketing services for publishers of literary, commercial, and translated books as well as managing marketing strategy for large public and third sector clients. My most recent previous role was as Publishing Manager at HarperCollins, where I acquired and managed a list of titles within Collins reference, i-Spy, and National Geographic Kids ranges and non-fiction titles such as The Little Inventors Handbook. I have edited literary magazines and novels and been a guest editor for cultural publications, and sat on the board of Scottish PEN and the Trade Committee of Publishing Scotland. I’ve been on the winning team for Publisher of the Year awarded by the Saltire Society and the British Book Awards, 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 at the Scottish Parliament. I created Lunchtime Poetry, a daily poetry newsletter as featured in the Guardian and created early social media 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.