This fancy pic was taken at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in 2016.
I was born in North Lanarkshire in 1972. I started learning Gaelic at Edinburgh University.
For most of my life, I lived in Glasgow, working in the news and media – but I’m now in Largs in North Ayrshire.
Some of my poems have appeared in the periodicals Poetry Scotland, Irish Pages, Northwords Now, An Guth, and Gutter, as well as the collections New Writing Scotland, The Harbour, and Windows on Burns Night 2012. In 2013 my poem ‘Lucozade’ was shortlisted for the Irish / Gaelic poetry competition Comórtas Filíochta an Choirnéil Eoghain Uí Néill.
I’m going to be the Poet in Residence for the StAnza Poetry Festival 2018, with support from The Edwin Morgan Trust.
I also write prose. In 2015 my first short novel ‘Glainne’ was published by Sandstone Press. And my first novel ‘Cailèideascop’ was published by Luath Press in 2017, both with support from the Gaelic Books Council.
For most of my life, I’ve earned my living as a journalist and communications professional. You can find out more about that on my LinkedIn page.