‘a stunning, visceral talent’ (Mslexia)
Hello – Grüezi mitenand
STOP PRESS (Dec 2019)
My first poem, ‘(Un)certainties’, about my sister’s tragic death, has just won 1st Prize in the Mslexia/Poetry Book Society Women’s Poetry Competition 2019. You can read more about my immediate (and rather unusual) reaction here: Mslexia Winners’ Gallery.
I am a Swiss-born novelist and short fiction writer based in Edinburgh, Scotland, where I live with my husband, the writer Ron Butlin, and our golden retriever.
I am an exophonic author and proud of it (i.e. an author who chooses to write creatively in a language that is not their mother tongue – I write in English, and my mother tongue is Swiss German).
My book publications include two novels (The Waiting, The Beauty Room) and two story collections (Fighting It, Inside~Outside).
Twice shortlisted for Saltire Scottish Book of the Year awards, my books have also been longlisted for the Edge Hill Prize and MIND Book of the Year, and have received a UBS Cultural Foundation award.
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 (Greece).
My short work has appeared in Best British Short Stories, Ambit, Litro Magazine and Litro Online 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.