Welcome – Grüezi mitenand!
I am a Swiss-born novelist and short story writer based in Edinburgh, Scotland, where I live with my husband, the author Ron Butlin, and our golden retriever. My book publications include two novels and two story collections: The Waiting (my Scottish novel), The Beauty Room (my Swiss novel), Fighting It and Inside~Outside.
I am an exophonic author – an author who chooses to write creatively in a language that is not their mother tongue (mine is Swiss German).
I have been twice shortlisted for a Saltire Scottish Book of the Year Award, longlisted for the Edge Hill Prize for best collection and MIND Book of the Year, and have received a UBS Cultural Foundation award.
My short work has appeared in Best British Short Stories and numerous other publications in the UK, Europe, Australia and the USA.
I am a former Royal Literary Fund Lector and Royal Literary Fund Fellow and an experienced creative writing and reading tutor (e.g. National Galleries of Scotland, City Art Centre, Museum of Childhood, Writers’ Museum, Universities Scotland, Zurich University of Teacher Education, Edinburgh University Centre for Open Learning).
For my joint performances with Ron, please see McSwiss.
You can contact me here.