2019

Sunday 23rd June

  • As part of Katie Paterson’s UK-wide participatory artwork, First There is a Mountain, my Scots translation of Maria Fusco’s A Vestibular System will be performed at Aberdeen Beach Ballroom.

7th – 9th; 14th – 16th June

  • I will be exhibiting new poems and a spoken word film, ‘The Bill Gibb Line’, as part of this year’s Look Again Festival inspired by six of Bill Gibb’s fashion shows between 1967 and 1985. Launch night: 6th June at the Look Again Project Space on St Andrew’s Street, Aberdeen. More details here.

  • I will perform a spoken word set at Morag Mysercough’s installation in the Castlegate, Aberdeen on Sunday 9th June, 3.30pm

  • I’ll discuss ‘The Bill Gibb Line’ with Josie Steed, Course Leader of Fashion & Textiles Design at Gray’s School of Art, on Monday 10th June in the Kino Bar, Belmont Cinema, Aberdeen, 5.30-6.30pm

Monday 3rd June

Friday 24th May

  • I will be performing at this year’s University of Aberdeen May Fest alongside Sheena Blackhall on Friday 24th May, 7.30–8.30pm at The Blue Lamp. Tickets not required. More details here.

Friday 29th March

  • Scenes from The Shelter were selected to be screened as part of ‘Drawing in the World’ at Kelvin Hall in Glasgow, in conjunction with the ‘Hand Drawn Action Packed’ exhibition at the Hunterian Gallery, curated by Hayward Gallery Touring.

Friday 8th March

  • I performed in The Shelter, a theatre show inspired by bus shelters in Aberdeen, alongside visual artist Kate Steenhauer and musical-composer Ross Whyte. This multidisciplinary production was supported by the National Theatre of Scotland as part of their Just Start Here festival. Follow @WriteAberdeen for updates on the show’s development and click here for further info on the final performance.

15th-17th February

  • Scenes from The Shelter have were selected to be screened as part of Sound Thought 2019 at the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) in Glasgow.

Thursday 24th January

  • I performed a Scots version of Julia Donaldson’s Room on the Broom as part of an Into Film Scotland screening at the Belmont Cinema in Aberdeen.

PAST DIARIES

2018

Thursday 8 - Sunday 11 February, nightly

  • As part of the 2018 SPECTRA Festival of Light, I exhibited a light and sound installation with artist Kate Steenhauer in Union Terrace Gardens, featuring work from our production 'The Shelter'. Find out more about SPECTRA here.

Friday 9 February, 12.30pm

  • Alongside Eliza Reid, First Lady of Iceland, and Mary Paulson-Ellis, author of The Other Mrs Walker, I presented on a panel about the impact of literature on place (and vice versa) at SPECTRA 2018's Catalyst Conference at The Anatomy Rooms.

Thursday 21 February, 10am

  • I performed a Scots reading for young people at an Into Film and Education Scotland event at the Belmont Cinema.

Saturday 24 February, 7pm

  • As part of the Granite Noir 2018 festival's Locals in the Limelight programme, I read an extract from a short story at the start of Chris Brookmyre's headline event in The Lemon Tree.

Tuesday 24th April - Tuesday 15th May, 1-3pm

  • I ran a series of four fiction writing workshops at The Barn (Woodend, Banchory). The workshops focused on the following: 1. Place and People; 2. Voice and Language; 3. Drafting and Editing; 4. Professionalism and Peer-feedback.

Thursday 26 April, 6pm

  • Following an initial development as part of the National Theatre of Scotland's One Day to Play in Aberdeen, I developed a new piece of theatre with visual artist Kate Steenhauer in 2018 supported by Aberdeen Performing Art's Artist Exchange programme. We shared our work-in-progress, 'The Shelter', in The Lemon Tree studio.

Friday 25 - Sunday 27 May

  • On the opening night of the 2018 University of Aberdeen May Festival on Friday 25 May at 7pm, I introduced a rehearsed reading of Morna Young's play 'The Stoor' written as part of her Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship in 2017, which I helped host as part of my role with Creative Learning (Aberdeen City Council).

  • On the final day of the May Festival, Sunday 27th May at 3pm, I performed readings as part of 'An Evening in Queer Berlin' which included a screening of the world's first pro-gay film, 'Different From the Others', hosted and introduced by Keava McMillan.

Tuesday 28 August, 7.30pm

  • I gave an overview of my writing career so far and previewed stories from my Muriel Spark 100 project as part of a Literary Salon at The Barn (Woodend, Banchory).

6 - 14 October and 20 October, 11.00 am to 4.30 pm daily

  • Fine artist Kate Steenhauer and I exhibited selected scenes from our theatre show ‘The Shelter’ as part of Haddo Arts Festival in the South Court Yard of Haddo House, Ellon. Our installation won a Haddo Arts Festival 2018 Installation Prize.

Monday 8 October, 7.00pm

  • As part of the inaugural Across the Grain: Festival of Doric and Traditional Music, I read a selection of my Doric writings at Inverurie Library followed by a Q&A.

Monday 29 October, 6.30pm

  • I launched my short fiction collection Nevertheless: Sparkian Tales in Bulawayo (Zimbabwe: amaBooks) in the Suttie Arts Space at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. The collection was funded by Creative Scotland in celebration of Muriel Spark's centenary in 2018. The launch coincided with Buladeen, an exhibition of new work by Bulawayo-based artist collective BUKA who I previously worked with on an arts-in-health project in Zimbabwe. More details on the Facebook event page.

Throughout November

  • Throughout all of November I was on a writing residency in Grez-sur-Loing in France as part of my 2018 Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship funded by the Scottish Book Trust.

Thursday 22nd November

 

2017

Thursday 9 - Sunday 12 February

  • Two of my Doric poems and a flash fiction piece formed part of a light and sound installation during the fourth annual Spectra Festival of Light in Aberdeen.

Saturday 18 February, 7pm onwards

  • As part of the Inspiration Point celebratory weekend, I hosted a literary salon in the Lemon Tree featuring readings by Northeast writers and the recipient of the 2017 Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship.

Sunday 26 February, 10.30am-12pm

  • As part of Granite Noir, Aberdeen's first festival dedicated to crime fiction, I co-facilitated a Dark Doric creative writing workshop with John Bolland in Aberdeen Central Library.

Friday 10 – Sunday 12 March

  • I was invited to attend Regensburg's first Scottish-Bavarian Literary Festival, Aye!, across this weekend. During the festival I read some of my own short stories, some works in Scots and took part in a discussion about links between Aberdeen and Regensburg, and the Doric and Bavarian cultures.

Monday 24 April

Sunday 28 May

  • Several works of mine were published as part of The Granite Mile, a publication edited by Peter Arnott featuring writing from the Granite Writers group, which was formed after the National Theatre of Scotland's Granite production. The book launch involved a rehearsed reading featuring actors such as Joyce Falconer and Morna young, and took place at ACT Aberdeen as part of the 2017 May Festival.

Sunday 2 July, 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Saturday 29 July, 10.30am and 2pm; Thursday 3 August, 10.30am

  • Alongside musician Abi Sinair, I facilitated Anchors Away!, a storytelling and music session for 3-8 year olds at Aberdeen Maritime Museum and Aberdeen Treasure Hub as part of AAGM's Say Hello to Summer programme.

Thursday 24 August, 8pm

  • As part of Edinburgh International Book Festival's touring programme, I hosted and read new work at Aberdeen Booked! Unbound alongside Jake Arnott, Morna Young, Leila Aboulela, John Aberdein and Esther Woolfson.

Tuesday 29 August

  • As part of Cumberland Lodge's 10th annual Life Beyond the PhD conference, I presented a talk on my post-PhD career inside and outside of academia. This was part of a 4-day programme for PhD students from across the UK.

Tuesday 26 September

  • Alongside Lesley Hart, Morna Young and Neil Cargill, I performed a new 10-minute theatre piece on the theme of 'Home' in The Lemon Tree as part of Paines Plough's Come to Where I'm From series. Find out more about the project here.

Wednesday 3 October

  • I was selected by the National Theatre of Scotland to take part in their One Day to Play cross art-form development opportunity alongside a visual artist, musician and dancer in The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen. The process was facilitated by NTS's Associate Director Cora Bisset and led to ‘The Shelter’ production.

Sunday 26 November

  • I read at the launch of the 2018 Granite Noir Festival programme, a poisoned cocktail party, alongside Stuart McBride and Dr Kathryn Harkup.

 

2016

Thursday 31 March – Saturday 2 April 2016

Wednesday 20 April – Saturday 23 April 2016

  • I wrote the lyrics for two songs that appeared in the 2016 Aberdeen Student Show, Michty Mia! at His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen

Thursday 28 April – Monday 2 May, daily 10am-5pm

  • I wrote five new pieces inspired by Aberdeen’s architectural heritage as part of the Unreal Estate Exhibition, Bon Accord Shopping Centre, Aberdeen. Part of the 2016 Look Again Festival of Visual Art & Design

Thursday 12 May, 7pm

  • I chaired a post-show discussion following a performance of Ishbel McFarlane's O is for Hoolet at The Lemon Tree

Sunday 22 May, 3pm

  • As part of the 2016 Coast Festival, I read at a Northeast Writers event alongside poet Jen Cooper and a talk by Professor Alison Lumsden at Banff Castle, Aberdeenshire.

Friday 27 May - Sunday 29 May 2016

  • Reading with Helen Lynch at the 2016 May Festival, University of Aberdeen, Saturday 28 May, 10-11am

  • Reading as part of the Polari Literary Salon, University of Aberdeen, Sunday 29 May, 8-10pm

Monday 29 August, 7pm

  • Reading at Unbound! as part of Edinburgh International Book Festival's Booked! Festival in Aberdeen Arts Centre and Theatre Café Bar.

Sunday 4 September, 7pm

  • Reading as part of 'An Evening with Pushing Out the Boat' at The Blue Lamp in Aberdeen. Advanced tickets available from the POTB website.

Wednesday 5 October

  • I read an excerpt from The Sleekit Mr Tod as part of an Into Film event for primary schools at The Belmont Cinema.

  • I ran a beginners' poetry workshop for adults at Aberdeen Central Library on the theme of 'messages' to celebrate National Poetry Day from 6pm to 7.30pm.

Saturday 15 October, 12-1.30pm

  • I ran a prose workshop for adults exploring Aberdeen City Libraries' Treasures Collection.

Friday 4 November, 7.30pm

  • I read with Val McDiarmid, Mari Hannah and Karen McLeod as part of the Polari Literary Salon hosted by Paul Burston at the Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh.

Wednesday 14 December, 6-7.30pm

  • I ran a free Dickens-themed beginners' story-writing workshop at Aberdeen Central Library.