ABOUT

I am a poet and novelist. I also write essays, screenplays, short stories and articles.

I am published in ten countries, in seven languages. Available works include four published collections of poetry, two fiction novels, a film, anthologies and essays.

I have completed the screenplay for The Panopticon and it will be put on by National Theatre Scotland in 2019, they will release more information soon.

The film for my debut novel is estimated to reach filming stage early 2019, although Sixteen/Rosetta films will release more details on that nearer the time.

I will be presenting an hour long programme about Bangour Village Hospital (an old Victorian psychiatric facility that is now closed)  on BBC Radio Scotland this December.

I curated an exhibition of prisoners artwork from all across Scotland at the Tramway for Koestler Trust, I selected more artworks than any other curator, the exhibition had some amazing talent.

I am currently mentoring Scottish writer Karyn Dougan for The Scottish Book Trust.

I was a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellow this year at Grez-Sur-Loing via SBT.

I also held a residency at Shakespeare and Company in Paris, last year.

I directed my debut short film last year and I am working toward directing a feature.

I will publish more of my own artwork on this site and do prints to order for people.

My novels are available on Apple iPad, Kindle & audiobook.

I was selected as one of the Granta Best Of Young British Novelists (2013) a once-in-a-decade accolade. The Sunday Herald Culture Awards selected me as the Scottish Author Of The Year (2016). I previously won 3AM Poetry Book of the Year. I have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize twice. I have been on lists for prizes such as The Sunday Times Short Story Award, BBC Short Story Prize, The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, Royal Society of Literature Encore Award, The James Tait Black Prize, and Desmond Elliott.

I have written for BBC Radio 4, The New York Times, The Independent, and Marie Claire among others.

I am currently completing drafts three (final) of two fiction novels set in Edinburgh. The first of those will be completed early next year, the second will be finished next summer.

I have started a completely different novel — for after that, I have also begun work on the follow up to my debut fiction novel The Panopticon. I am quietly writing my memoirs although I may not publish those for a long time.

I am completing a PhD with a critical thesis on Kafka.