2018

Thursday 8 - Sunday 11 February, nightly

  • As part of the 2018 SPECTRA Festival of Light, I will be exhibiting 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 will be speaking on a panel about the impact of literature on place (and vice versa) at SPECTRA 2018's Catalyst Conference at The Anatomy Rooms. Book tickets to the whole conference here.

Thursday 21 February, 10am

  • I'll once again be performing a Scots reading for young people at an Into Film and Education Scotland event at the Belmont Cinema. Schools can book free places here.

Saturday 24 February, 7pm

  • As part of the Granite Noir 2018 festival's Locals in the Limelight programme, I'll be reading 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 am running a series of four fiction writing workshops at The Barn (Woodend, Banchory). The workshops will focus on the following: 1. Place and People; 2. Voice and Language; 3. Drafting and Editing; 4. Professionalism and Peer-feedback. Book here.

Thursday 26 April, 6pm

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

Friday 25 - Sunday 27 May

  • On the opening night of this year's University of Aberdeen May Festival on Friday 25 May at 7pm, I will introduce 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). Tickets can be booked here.
  • On the final day of the May Festival, Sunday 27th May at 3pm, I will perform readings as part of 'An Evening in Queer Berlin' which entails a screening of the world's first pro-gay film, 'Different From the Others', hosted and introduced by Keava McMillan. Book tickets here.

Tuesday 28 August, 7.30pm

  • I will be giving an overview of my writing career so far and previewing stories from my Muriel Spark 100 project as part of a Literary Salon at The Barn (Woodend, Banchory). Book tickets here.

    Monday 8 October, 7.00pm

    • As part of this year's Doric Festival, I will be reading a selection of my Doric writings at Inverurie Library followed by a Q&A. More information to follow.

      Monday 29 October, 6.30pm

      • I will be launching my short fiction collection Nevertheless: Sparkian Tales in Bulawayo (Zimbabwe: amaBooks) in the Suttie Arts Space at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. The collection has been funded by Creative Scotland in celebration of Muriel Spark's centenary in 2018. The launch will coincide 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. Non-ticketed; all welcome.

       

      2017

      Thursday 9 - Sunday 12 February

      • Two of my Doric poems and a flash fiction piece will form 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 am hosting a literary salon in the Lemon Tree featuring readings by Northeast writers and the recipient of the 2017 Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship. Tickets available soon.

      Sunday 26 February, 10.30am-12pm

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

      Friday 10 – Sunday 12 March

      • I have been invited to attend Regensburg's first Scottish-Bavarian Literary Festival, Aye!, across this weekend. During the festival I will read some of my own short stories, some works in Scots and take 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 are to be published as part of The Granite Mile, a new 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 will involve a rehearsed reading featuring actors such as Joyce Falconer and Morna young, and will take place at ACT Aberdeen as part of the 2017 May Festival.

      Sunday 2 July, 2.30pm and 7.30pm

      • As part of Aberdeen's Silver City Stories festival, some new work of mine will be performed as part of Union Street at ACT Aberdeen. Tickets are free and can be booked here.

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

      • Alongside musician Abi Sinair, I will be facilitating Anchors Away!, a fun storytelling and music session for 3-8 year olds (and their parents!) at Aberdeen Maritime Museum and Aberdeen Treasure Hub as part of AAGM's Say Hello to Summer programme. Tickets can be booked here.

      Thursday 24 August, 8pm

      • As part of Edinburgh International Book Festival's touring programme, I will be hosting and reading new work at Aberdeen Booked! Unbound alongside Jake Arnott, Morna Young, Leila Aboulela, John Aberdein and Esther Woolfson. This free event will take place in ACT Aberdeen's Theatre.

      Tuesday 29 August

      • As part of Cumberland Lodge's 10th annual Life Beyond the PhD conference, I have been invited to present a talk on my post-PhD career inside and outside of academia. This is 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 will be performing 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. Book tickets here and find out more about the project here.

      Wednesday 3 October

      • I have been 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 will be facilitated by NTS's Associate Director Cora Bisset.

      Sunday 26 November

      • I will be reading at the launch of the 2018 Granite Noir Festival programme, a poisoned cocktail party! Book your tickets here.

       

      2016

      Thursday 31 March – Saturday 2 April 2016

      Wednesday 20 April – Saturday 23 April 2016

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

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

      Thursday 12 May, 7pm

      • I will be chairing 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 will be reading 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'll be reading an excerpt from The Sleekit Mr Tod as part of an Into Film event for primary schools at The Belmont Cinema, starting at 10am.
      • I am running 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. Booking info.

      Saturday 15 October, 12-1.30pm

      • I am running a prose workshop for adults exploring Aberdeen City Libraries' Treasures Collection. Booking info.

      Friday 4 November, 7.30pm

      • Reading with Val McDiarmid, Mari Hannah and Karen McLeod as part of the Polari Literary Salon hosted by Paul Burston at the Assembly Roxy (Upstairs), Edinburgh. Further details here.

      Wednesday 14 December, 6-7.30pm

      • I'll be running a free Dickens-themed beginners' story-writing workshop at Aberdeen Central Library. Find our more and book a place here.