I am from Orkney and trained as a painter and teacher. Life has taught me all the other things I know.


Writing Biography

2008/9 Scottish Book Trust Writer’s Mentoring Scheme with mentor Judy Moir
2008 Hi-Arts Work in Progress appraisal of novel with Peter Urpeth
2008 Narration for short film ‘Seoras agus an t-or iasg’ winner of a FilmG HIE visions award
2007 Story published in ‘The New Orkney Anthology’ GMB Fellowship
2006 Scottish Arts Council Writers Bursary to write a novel
1998 ‘Outsiders’ published in The MacAllan/Scotland on Sunday Short Story Collection ed Robert Allan Jamieson
1995 Poem in ‘In from the Cuithes’ ed Howie Firth The Orkney Press
1992 Poems in ‘Casting A Spell’ ed Angela Huth Orchard Press
1988 Poetry ‘To Step Among Wrack’ The Orkney Press
1987 Poetry in Orkney Art Review ed Alistair Peebles
1985 poetry in The New Shetlander
1983 story in ‘Orkney Short Stories’ The Orkney Press


2009 Orkney Arts Society
2006 St Magnus Festival Johnsmas Foy
2004 Wick at invitation of David Morrison
Skald Stromness with George Gunn writer in residence
Five Toons Festival at invitation of George Gunn Banff
Northlands festival at invitation of George Gunn Wick
Johnsmass Foys Stromness



1983 Traverse Gallery, Edinburgh
1986 Pier Arts Centre, Stromness

1980 Orkney Graduates, Pier Arts Centre
1984 Collective Gallery, Edinburgh
1985 Scottish Young Contemporaries Touring Exhibition
1985 Transmission Gallery, Glasgow
2004 The Orkney Gallery
2005 Stromness Library
2006 The Orkney Gallery with Shona Firth
2007 Stromness Library with Bobby Grierson, Fiona Menzies, Alan Proudfoot, Jo Baxter