Biography

 2016

The Curse of Naples – Long-listed in the Remember Oluwale Writing Prize and published in the resulting anthology, Remember Oluwale

April – Video-link to Professor Tom Coyne’s creative writing class at St Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, to discuss In the Shadow of the Hill

March – Adjudicator of the General Short Story competition at the Scottish Association of Writers’ annual conference

 2015

The Curse of Naples – First in the Scottish Association of Writers’ General Short Story Competition (Judge – Linda Gillard)

The Agony of Loss – Third in the Scottish Association of Writers’ Flash Fiction Competition (Judge – SAW Council)

March – Killer Crime Festival – talk, questions and signing event at Waterstones Inverness with Lin Anderson

April – After-dinner speaker at Moray Business Women’s event

October – Edinburgh Reads author event at Edinburgh Central Library

2014

In the Shadow of the Hill, Novel – published by ThunderPoint Publishing Ltd.

2012

In the Shadow of the Hill – Highly commended in the Scottish Association of Writers’ Crime Novel Competition (Judge – Alanna Knight)

Unfinished Business – Highly commended in the Scottish Association of Writers’ Castles in the Air Short Story Competition (Judge – Rosemary Gemmell)

Nowhere to Hide – Commended in the Scottish Association of Writers’ Woman’s Short Story Competition (Judge – Joyce Begg)

2010

Dead Scorched Birds – Published in Global Shorts Anthology and Northwords Now (Summer issue)

2009

Cold beans and humble pie – Commended in the Scottish Association of Writers’ Castles in the Air Short Story Competition (Judge – Maggie Craig)

Courting Disaster – Third prize in the Edinburgh Writers’ Club Annual Short Story Competition (Judge – Professor Ian Campbell)

On the Edge – Highly commended in the Neil Gunn 2009 Short Story Competition (Judge – James Robertson)

2008

The Work of the Devil – First prize in the Edinburgh Writers’ Club Annual Short Story Competition

Land of the Dead – First prize in the Edinburgh Writers’ Club Annual Novel Competition (Judge – Lin Anderson)

Dead Scorched Birds – Second prize in the Global Short Story Competition for June

2007

Death has no Smell – Third prize in the Writers Bureau Annual Short Story Competition and published in Freelance Market News

Dead Scorched Birds – Highly commended in the Highlands and Islands Short Story Annual Competition

1997-2001

Editor of Am Paipear, the Uist and Benbecula community newspaper. Am Paipear won the Highlands and Islands Community Newspaper of the Year Award twice during that time.