Friday 8th March
I will be performing in The Shelter, a theatre show inspired by bus shelters in Aberdeen, alongside visual artist Kate Steenhauer and sound artist Ross Whyte. This multidisciplinary production is 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.
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
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 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
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
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
As part of the 2017 Look Again: Visual Arts & Design Festival, I deliver a lecture and two participatory workshops alongside Sue Fairburn (Gray's School of Art) and Sally Thomson (GHAT) reflecting on our experiences working as part of #BUKA, an arts-in-health project in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe in 2016.
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
As part of Aberdeen's Silver City Stories festival, some new work of mine was performed as part of Union Street at ACT Aberdeen.
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.
Thursday 31 March – Saturday 2 April 2016
I wrote prose, poetry and script included in Granite: The Story of Aberdeen, a National Theatre of Scotland Production, Marischal College, Aberdeen
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
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
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.