‘a stunning, visceral talent’, Mslexia
Hello and Grüezi!
I am a Swiss-born novelist, short fiction writer and poet based in Edinburgh, where I live with my husband, the writer Ron Butlin, and our golden retriever. I am an exophonic author (I write in English, not in my mother tongue).
Amazingly, my first poem – ‘(Un)certainties’, about my sister’s tragic death – won 1st Prize in the Mslexia/Poetry Book Society Women’s Poetry Competition 2019. You can read more about my rather unusual response to the news here: Mslexia Winners’ Gallery.
I feel truly honoured to be included in Ambit magazine’s ‘Six Decades Discovering the Greats of Tomorrow Today’ in ‘Ambit is 60′ on YouTube.
My book publications include two novels (The Waiting, The Beauty Room) and two story collections (Fighting It, Inside~Outside).
An excerpt from The Waiting won a UBS Cultural Foundation award, both story collections were shortlisted for a Saltire Scottish Book of the Year award, Fighting It was also longlisted for the Edge Hill Prize, and The Beauty Room was longlisted for MIND Book of the Year.
My first published story won 1st prize in the Edinburgh Review 10th Anniversary Short Story Competition. Another was shortlisted for Eyelands 9th International Short Story Contest 2019 (Greece).
My short work has appeared in Ambit, Best British Short Stories, For Books’ Sake, Litro Magazine, Litro Online, Unthology and numerous other publications in the UK, Europe, Australia and the USA.
An experienced creative writing and critical reading tutor, I teach at Edinburgh City Art Centre and Edinburgh University.
For my joint performances with Ron, please see McSwiss.
You can contact me here.