I’m based in Glasgow.
I work as Publishing Manager of Children’s Reference at HarperCollins, editor of a list of bright, bold books within Collins reference and National Geographic Kids ranges.
Formerly I specialised in literary and translation publishing, for clients including Calisi Press, Les Fugitives, CB Editions. Previously Marketing Manager at Freight Books, for which I was shortlisted as Emerging Publisher of the Year by the Saltire Society in 2016. In 2015 Freight Books hit the List Hot 100 and was awarded Publisher of the Year, described by the judges as “clever publishers who produce beautiful books.” I’ve been fortunate to work with many writers I admire.
The recognition and promotion of literature and, particularly, the support and encouragement of writers and artists from marginalised communities, is very important to me. I’m a Board Member of Scottish PEN.
I write reviews of fiction, a book column, articles (with a particular interest in cultural issues and arts), and short fiction/poetry. I’ve been published in the Guardian, Times Literary Supplement, The Pool, Independent, Sunday Mail, Gutter, Glasgow Review of Books, 3AM magazine, Review 31, and others. I created Lunchtime Poetry, a daily poetry newsletter as featured in the Guardian and created early Twitter literary initiatives such as #ScotEbookDay and #ETeaParty, which was featured as a book marketing success in the book Blogging For Writers.
I’m passionate about literature and have an MLitt in Modernities from the University of Glasgow with a focus on William Carlos Williams. I was fortunate to begin my career in publishing with the unusual job of being a literary assistant to author Sara Sheridan, for which I was honoured to be shortlisted for Intern of the Year in an award ceremony at the Scottish Parliament. When I’m not working with books in some capacity, I’m usually reading or reviewing or tweeting about them. I’m particularly interested in translated fiction, #readwomen, and independent publishers. My bookshelves are overflowing and I also enjoy collecting antiquarian books (more for their beauty than their value).
My other interests include Japanese food, visual art, cats, the small pleasures of everyday life and dabbling in photography.