I'm a Scottish writer & poet living on the Fife coast, across the water from Edinburgh. I like to try stuff out & to learn by just following my interests. I use text, still & moving images, sound and materials in my work. I tend to think of it as stuff that is all part of the same process of inquiry. I have read/performed/exhibited my work at arts and literary festivals, comedy clubs, car parks, art galleries and in the woods, across the UK and beyond.
I am interested in articulation, non-cathartic expression, embodied spaces, place, movement and memory (and in the intersections and gaps between all of these). I coined a phrase "the applicable tenses of" that I have used in various iterations as the title for written pieces and photographs and it perhaps best exemplifies what I am trying to work out, without fully knowing what that is. Maybe the multiple selves/realities that collide in the moment? I have no great plan and am driven by interest and hopefully a sense of more than me, despite much of my work emanating from experience. I like the dreamscape of frank truths and the blur of imperfection. I also like concrete, graffiti, the sea, ferns, caravans, car parks, dogs, and other people's windows yet dislike tropes. I have collaborated with a range of musicians, artists and writers in making work and have also produced several pieces in creative dialogue with the wider public.
I had my first fiction piece, Foot-binding, published in 2013, at 43, in Push, a limited edition sold on the street lit mag, (alongside writers such as Jenni Fagan and David Peace) and have since been published in print and online in a diverse range of UK and international publications including Gorse and the Stinging Fly (where my piece, Parallel of Past Imperfect, was commissioned by Sally Rooney) and academic presses such as of Manchester University and Leuven University. I also took part in Poettrio, a writing as transIation project at the University of Newcastle.
I was chosen to read my fiction The Sweetie Wife at Edinburgh International Book Festival's Storyshop for emerging writers in 2014 (later runner up in the Hysteria Prize). My first piece of nonfiction work, Meandering Route of the Muscle Memories, was chosen for inclusion in the Book Week Scotland anthology in 2015.
In 2016 I was long-listed in the international experimental nonfiction prize run by the Lifted Brow/RMIT in Australia (judged by Dodie Bellamy, Kate Zambreno & Helen MacDonald) for When Flakes of Ash Fall and Melt Into Water, a section of The Absolution of Shyness, my hybrid autobiographical sequence of work exploring articulation, neonatal death, craft and what of the private we make public.
I have also written and performed stand up comedy and have written articles, reviews and undertaken interviews for music journals.
I have had my photography and moving image work commissioned in the UK and Ireland and have also been invited to speak about my text and image practice at academic conferences such as the Digital Re-enchantment Conference run by Manchester Metropolitan University in 2016 and as art of the Architecture Fringe in Edinburgh, 2018. I was commissioned by the Not Quite Light Festival in Salford in 2018 and 2019.
I made my 21 minute media art installation Can You Hear the Interim as part of a postgraduate MSc in experimental Filmmaking and Media Arts at Glasgow University, graduating with distinction in December 2020. I have also published writing in relation to this process and am planning further practice led PhD research. I've also produced a series of large scale, related paintings.
I have been increasingly interested in working with sound. I undertook an ecoacoustics residency with composers and sound artists Annea Lockwood and Leah Barclay in 2019, following an initial self led residency at Camp in France in 2018 which led to me producing my first sound work, Confluence. I have since designed and performed the sound for Can You Hear the Interim, and released a soundscape, Memory of Unrepeat (Slow Notes for Voegelin) as part of a the Slow Notes series by Broken 20 records.
I created my first sound only piece (without words), We Were Never Real, for the Dark Outside broadcast as part of Aerial Festival in 2020. I'm currently recording Birl of Unmap a Help Musicians UK Fusion Funded album with Scottish experimental composers Kinbrae. The album is a response the Charles Jencks land art site, The Fife Earth Project. I'm providing words, sounds and other stuff I'm trying out. In addition to field recording I've been exploring instruments in my constant quest to balance feelings and thought.
I'm still finishing stuff. This is not a shop window nor even a window to my soul. Though I may be selling some prints here soon.
I also founded & co-ordinate Lone Women in Flashes of Wilderness project and have undertaken various commissions including Sanctuary Lab Visual Arts, the Not Quite Light Festival. I was commissioned as part of the first ever London Borough of Culture celebrations in Waltham Forest 2019, to design and led the first ever all women night walk in Epping Forest.
All words & images are copyright to me unless otherwise stated. If you would like to use any please just ask me.
Ideas of place, the forgotten, the disarray of unknown
Ideas & interactions of movement & expression, can you hear the interim
Ideas of inside and out, in patterns of embed