I am a novelist, poet, playwright, journalist and writing tutor born and raised in the Outer Hebrides, now living in London. My novels, A Method Actor’s Guide to Jekyll and Hyde (Polygon) and bestselling debut, The Stornoway Way (Penguin), were both published to widespread critical acclaim. My first book, Love and Zen in the Outer Hebrides (Canongate), won the Tivoli Europa Giovani International Poetry Prize for best poetry collection published in Europe by a writer under 35. I am also the author of Be Wise Be Otherwise (Canongate) and plays The Callanish Stoned (Theatre Hebrides) and Sweetness, an adaptation of a novel by Swedish author Torgny Lindgren. My short stories have been published extensively.
My latest poetry anthology, Struileag: Shore to Shore, a collection celebrating the Gaelic diaspora, will be published in March 2015. These Islands, We Sing, a collection of poetry from the Scottish islands, was published by Polygon in 2011.
I am also a highly experienced creative writing tutor. I’ve taught workshops internationally, led residential writing retreats, lectured on creative writing courses at university level (Edinburgh, Uppsala, Kingston), mentored debut novelists and helped bring writers from obscurity to award-winning prominence.