About Me

Hi there! Lovely that you’ve dropped by!

160329BH-109I’m a writer (Fir for Luck  came out 21/09/16), puppeteer and drama teacher living in the beautiful Highlands of Scotland.

First and foremost, my writing is aimed at children, but I also enjoy dabbling in short stories and Drama.

I’ve been part of the process of re-starting a book festival in my hometown of Inverness (the first NessBookFest ran in November last year) and am the co-ordinator of the Highland Hub of SCBWI  (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators).

I love books, nature’s wild places, history, baking, folk music (I fiddle badly in my church band), old buildings, mosaics, Celtic Christianity, thick woolly jumpers…

Oh yes: And I do have a soft spot for all things puppetry. You have been warned!

Writing Success:

  • Nairn Festival Short Story Competition (2012) – Winner

  • Creative Scotland Easter Monologue Competition (2013) – Winner

  • Ballantrae Smugglers Festival Short Story Competition (2015): Winner

  • Pockets Magazine Fiction Contest, US (2015): Winner

  • Kelpies Prize (2013) : Never Back was one of three shortlisted.

  • ACW UK Short Story for Children Competition (2014)  – Runner-up

  • Scottish Association of Writers’ Write Up North 2014:  3rd place

Publications:

Fir for Luck, a historical novel for children, was published by Cranachan Publishing in September. To read reviews (so far 21, every single one of them a five-star one!), click here.

My work has appeared in the Inverness Courier, the Mearns Leader and Writers’ Forum and I review Highland events for Scottish culture website TV Bomb (to see my recent reviews, click here). My short story ‘Try Tomorrow’ is published in Litro Online. To read it, click here.

My story Dodging Dog Duty appeared in Pockets Magazine’s August 2016 issue, with Barney’s Homework just out in the January 2017 issue. Pockets magazine also featured an article of mine in their Christmas 2016 issue – is that a hat trick then?