Braemar Writer in Residence

SnowIt’s official. I am the Writer in Residence for the Braemar Creative Arts Festival. Check out our really cool project called Braemarnia, which is a community written novel.

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Classes for Autumn 2018

This autumn, I’ll be teaching in Guildford, Perth, and Dundee, find out more information here.

I won’t be teaching in Braemar until the spring, but I will be at the Braemar Arts Festival as a participant. So, if you plan on heading up to Braemar for the Festival (, let me know and we can meet up for a coffee and a blether.

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Autumn 2017 Writing Classes


Check out my autumn creative writing and literature classes. Two courses running at the Guildford Book Festival, two weekend writing classes at the Perth Pathways Centre, and a fun two day retreat at the Braemar Arts Festival. Plus, ‘Exploring Genre Literature’ at the University of Dundee.

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A New Venture

1*5ztbgEt4NqpVaxTc64C-XAI’ve put my first piece on Medium. Not the usual teaching or writing stuff that you’d find here. Mostly lefty socio-political ramblings. If you want to read it go to: 

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Quick Post – Anonymity and Academic Blogging

For the academics who want to start blogging, but who are worried about anonymity, this post from ‘Shit Academics Say’ is an excellent piece about just that subject.

How I Lost My Voice by Psyc Girl

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You are a Writing God

Recently, I’ve repeatedly heard new creative writing students state variants of the following of phrase, ‘I didn’t know what to write next, so I just made this up’.

My response, ‘Of course you made it up. It’s fiction.’ Continue reading

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Another great Festival in Braemar


The River Dee passes through Braemar

For the past four Octobers, I have spent several days in Braemar working with creative writers as part of the Braemar Arts Festival. It is regularly the highlight of my creative year, and this Festival was no different. Continue reading

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