I am based in Glasgow, and focus on historical women's fiction, particularly around the second world war. My first novel, Mavis’s Shoe, was published in March 2011. The sequel Rue End Street, followed in 2014. In non-fiction, one of my highlights was facilitating a community group to create an exhibition about the Clydebank Blitz. I have been writing short stories, poetry and play-scripts for a number of years, and took an MLitt in Creative Writing with Distinction from the University of Glasgow in 2007. Prior to this, I was a counsellor and social worker, with a background in mental health, homelessness and trauma.
As well as my own writing, I ran “Swapping Stories”, a writing group for refugees in Glasgow, working with the Glasgow West Integration Network. With a particular interest in writers working in English as a second language, I also work with Iraqi writer Kusay Hussian helping him write his stories in English. I currently teach creative writing in prisons. I also ghost for other people, particularly in historical fiction and non-fiction.
I am currently working on a work of narrative non-fiction but I would love another project to get stuck into.
Publishing networking for local area.
I ghost for authors and publishers, particularly those with an interest in historical fiction and non-fiction as well as memoirs.
Private practice specialising in trauma.
Working with homelessness and mental health.
A strong novel about the trauma of the Clydebank Blitz during the Second World War told through the eyes of a nine-year-old girl, Lenny Gillespie. Lenny survives the bombing, but in the chaos of that night she cannot find her mum and her wee sister, Mavis. Told in an urgent, true-grit voice, the story describes the devastation of the blitz as seen through Lenny's eyes. During her desperate sea... read more
Rue End Street
This book is not just funny (or sad) stories of campervan trips in Scotland; it is not just 'Zen and the art of campervan maintenance' (with stories of sweetness and light that will entertain or make you cry); and it is not just nature writing (with observations of wildlife in the western Scottish Highlands). But if you enjoy reading about how books are written and about recovery stories from ... read more
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