I am an author, poet, screenwriter. I also write short stories, essays, articles and I used to write plays many years ago.

It just so happens — I am in love with words.

I paint and do photography. I sing a lot but rarely in front of other people. I collect vinyl. Research. Teach. Analyse. Mentor. Overthink. I write daily and have done so in one form or another for over thirty years (since I was about seven). A lot of the early years were spent writing journals and poems. I burned about twenty of those journals when I lived in London but I still have countless more and I have started writing new ones again.

I adore art. Galleries are my churches.


The Sunlight Pilgrims is my second novel, published in the UK and US (2016) and France, Italy, Audio & hopefully Germany too in (2017).

The Dead Queen of Bohemia (New & Collected poems) is published by Polygon, Birlinn (2016).

My debut novel is The Panopticon (2012). It is published in the UK, USA, France, Czech, Italy, Turkey, Australia, Korea, Germany, Croatia.

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).

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

I previously won 3AM Poetry Book of the Year and was nominated for the Pushcart, have been on lists for prizes such as The Sunday Times, IMPAC Dublin, James Tait Black & Desmond Elliott.

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

Over the next year I will be collating a book of my artwork and photography, which will be published by Word Power Women (2017).

I have written the screenplay for my debut novel The Panopticon, which is being made by Sixteen Films.

I am currently working on novels 3 and 4, also very quietly doing a PhD with a critical thesis on Kafka. I will be teaching at the Arvon Foundation in September with Niall Griffiths.