I was born and brought up in Glasgow but have lived in Edinburgh for most of my adult life. My partner is also a writer and we have two grown-up daughters. I’ve been writing since the early 80s. I began with poetry, then ventured into short stories. I resisted attempting a novel for rather a long time, publishing my first, Pest Maiden, at the end of the millennium. Since then I’ve gone back and forth between shorter and longer work, poetry and prose, and the different pleasures and challenges of each.
As well as writing, I’ve been involved in teaching creative writing for many years. I began as a visiting writer in primary and secondary schools, then held two community residencies and for the last twenty years taught on university postgraduate programmes. In 2017, I took early retirement from my post as programme director on the online MSc in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh.
As well as writing, I’ve always been interested in the visual arts and have more time to explore line, tone, texture and colour. Whether anything worth sharing will come of this, remains to be seen but, in the meantime, I’m enjoying the process of discovery.
I usually try to avoid talking about writing, especially my own writing but here are a couple of interviews, one about writing in general, and the other more specific to the short story: