Welcome to the website. It may not be perfect but let’s continue to call it a work in progress.

I’m a novelist, short story writer and poet, based in Edinburgh. I have published eight books of fiction, most recently Unspeakable, a novel set in seventeenth-century Scotland and based on the life and times of Thomas Aikenhead, and four collections of poetry, including one for young children.

My work  has received various awards and fellowships,  including: the Macallan/Scotland on Sunday Short Story Award, two Scottish Arts Council Book Awards, a Society of Authors’ Travel Award,  the McCash poetry prize, a Unesco/City of Literature Fellowship and a Leverhulme Fellowship.  It  has been shortlisted for the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year Award, the McVitie’s Scottish Writer of the Year, The Scottish Arts Council/Sundial Award, nominated for the Impac Prize and long-listed for Not the Booker Prize.

As well as going solo, I enjoy collaborating with practitioners in the arts and sciences.

What’s new?


A new poetry pamphlet, published by Mariscat Press, April 2020.

ISBN 978 1 9160609 4 4 £6.00

To buy a copy, or contact me, please go to contact page.

To hear a taster please use this Youtube link: