‘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 author Ron Butlin, and our golden retriever. I write in English, not in my mother tongue.
Book publications include two novels – , and two story collections – ,
Awards: both story collections were finalists for the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year awards, the second collection was also longlisted for the Edge Hill Prize. My first novel was longlisted for MIND Book of the Year and my second novel received a UBS Cultural Foundation award.
My first-ever poem, ‘(Un)certainties‘, was a finalist for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem 2020. It won 1st prize in the Mslexia / Poetry Book Society Women’s Poetry Competition 2019.
My first published story won 1st prize in the Edinburgh Review 10th Anniversary Short Story Competition. Another was a finalist for the Eyelands 9th International Short Story Contest (Greece).
Shorts & poems have appeared in Ambit, Best British and Irish New Poets, Best British Short Stories, For Books’ Sake, Litro Magazine, Litro Online, Rialto, Unthology and numerous other publications in the UK, Europe, Australia and the USA.
I am a consultant for Waste Stories: making stuff up about rubbish, a 3-year project based at Stirling University and supported by the Leverhulme Trust. Researchers: Anna Wilson, Hannah Hamilton and Greg Singh. Co-consultant: Ron Butlin.
I run an art-writing class at Edinburgh City Art Centre, also a critical reading group, and am a Teaching Fellow at Edinburgh University. I am a former Royal Literary Fund Lector and Royal Literary Fund Fellow.
For my joint performances with Ron, please see McSwiss.
You can contact me here.