News Archive

2013

Dec 14 creative writing workshop, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
Nov 28 ebook edition of The Beauty Room (Birlinn/Polygon)
Nov 16 creative writing workshop, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh
Oct 23 reading, Scottish PEN/Writers in Prison Group, I am Malala, Edinburgh World Justice Festival, Quaker Meeting House, Edinburgh
Oct 12 creative writing workshop, Witches and Wicked Bodies, Dean Gallery, Edinburgh
Oct 5 reading, Portobello Book Festival, Edinburgh (McSwiss)
Autumn interview, Small Print Magazine (USA)
Autumn interview, Grange Newsletter
Sept 17 reading, Edinburgh Reads, Newington Library, Edinburgh
Sept 14 creative writing workshop, Ken Currie, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh
Sept 12 reading with Lesley Glaister and Anneliese Mackintosh, launch of The Best British Short Stories 2013 (Salt), Looking Glass Books, Edinburgh
Sept 5 reading, Nairn Book and Arts Festival (McSwiss)
Aug 21 reading with Ruth Thomas, Edinburgh Book Fringe, Word Power Books
Aug 18 reading, Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series, Edinburgh International Book Festival
Aug 17 chairing Scottish PEN/Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series, Edinburgh International Book Festival
Aug 16 panel discussion with Kirsty Gunn, Jackie Kay, James Roberson and Gerda Stevenson, Gavin Wallace: Rewriting Scotland’s Literature, Edinburgh International Book Festival
Aug 13 reading, Irish Pages 10th Anniversary Celebrations, Edinburgh International Book Festival
Aug 13 reading, Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series, Edinburgh International Book Festival
Aug 1 reading, Blackwell’s Writers at the Fringe, Edinburgh
July 13 creative writing workshop, Man Ray, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh
June 17 creative writing workshop Words on Canvas, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
June 15 creative writing workshop, Frederic Church, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
June 10 reading, Gerichtssherrenstube, Hotel Trauben, Weinfelden, Switzerland (McSwiss)
May 24 reading, Kantonsschule Wil, Switzerland (McSwiss)
May 23 talk and creative writing workshop, Pädagogische Hochschule Zürich, Switzerland (McSwiss)
May 21 reading, Kantonsschule Rämibühl, Zürich, Switzerland (McSwiss)
May 18 creative writing workshop, Portrait Gallery Highlights, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh
Apr 20 creative writing workshop (one-day course), Samuel John Peploe, Dean Gallery, Edinburgh
Apr 13 creative writing workshop, Edith Tudor Hart, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh
Apr Regi awarded Royal Literary Fund Fellowship 2013-14, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
Mar 21 reading with Louise Welsh, Edinburgh Reads, Central Library, Edinburgh
Mar 16 creative writing workshop, Tickling Jock, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh
Feb 18 creative writing workshop Words on Canvas, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
Feb 16 creative writing workshop, Portrait Gallery Highlights, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh
Jan 12 creative writing workshop, John Bellany, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh

2012

Dec 15 creative writing workshop, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh
Dec 12 reading, Christmas evening at Blackwell’s, Edinburgh
Dec 9 reading, Neu! at Noir!, Summerhall, Edinburgh
Dec 6 reading, 40 Years Edinburgh Women’s Aid, Summerhall, Edinburgh
Nov 27 reading, Book Week Scotland, A Night in the Gutter with David Vann, Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), Glasgow
Nov 17 creative writing workshop, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
Nov 1 launch of The Waiting, Central Library, Edinburgh
Oct 20 creative writing workshop, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
Oct publication of new novel, The Waiting
Sept 22 creative writing workshop, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
Aug 28 reading, launch of New Writing Scotland 30, Blackwell’s Bookshop, Edinburgh
Aug 24 reading, Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series, Edinburgh International Book Festival
Jul 28 reading of a poem by Valeria Melchioretto, BBC Radio Scotland, ‘Poetry 2012: The Written World, Switzerland’
July 14 creative writing workshop, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
June 16 creative writing workshop, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh
May 19 creative writing workshop, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh
Apr 21 creative writing workshop, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
Apr Regi awarded Royal Literary Fund Fellowship 2012-13, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
Mar 20 taking part in Worldwide Reading Day for Liu Xiaobo, Word Power Books, Edinburgh
Mar 17 creative writing workshop, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
Feb 26 reading, Alasdair Gray’s Fleck, Margins Book and Music Festival, Oran Mor, Glasgow
Feb 18 creative writing workshop, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
Jan 14 creative writing workshop, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh

2011

Dec 10 creative writing workshop, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
Nov 15 reading for Scottish PEN, International Day of the Imprisoned Writer, outside Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh
Nov 12 creative writing workshop, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
Oct 26 reading and interview/discussion with Lizzie Siddal (Lizzie’s Literary Life), Words 2011: North Lanarkshire Festival of Books and Writing, Wishaw Library (McSwiss)
Oct 15 creative writing workshop, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
Sept 17 creative writing workshop, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
Aug 29 reading, Alasdair Gray’s Fleck, Edinburgh International Book Festival
Aug 27 reading, Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series, Edinburgh International Book Festival
Aug 23 reading, Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series, Edinburgh International Book Festival
July 17 reading, Château de Lavigny, Switzerland
July 1-25 resident at Château de Lavigny International Writers’ Residence (Ledig-Rowohlt Foundation), Switzerland
June 25 creative writing workshop, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
June 5 reading, Solothurner Literaturtage, Landhaus, Solothurn, Switzerland
June 4 reading, Solothurner Literaturtage, Klosterplatz, Solothurn, Switzerland
May 21 creative writing workshop, Dean Gallery, Edinburgh
May 15 reading, WORD Festival, Aberdeen
May 14 reading, Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series, WORD Festival, Aberdeen
May podcast and text, ‘The Story Behind Fighting It‘, www.maggiescentres.org
Apr 18 judge, short story competition, Edinburgh Writers’ Club
Apr 16 creative writing workshop, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
Mar 19 creative writing workshop, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
Feb 19 creative writing workshop, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
Jan 15 creative writing workshop, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh

2010

Dec 11 creative writing workshop, Aspects of Love, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
Nov 27 reading, 50th Anniversary of Swiss Club Edinburgh, Caledonian Hilton Hotel (McSwiss)
Nov 15 interview, ‘Die Magier von Edinburg’, Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Switzerland)
Oct 16 creative writing workshop inspired by Impressionist Gardens exhibition, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
Sept 20 creative writing workshop Words on Canvas I, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
Sept 18 creative writing workshop inspired by Danish Masters of Light exhibition, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
Aug 24 introducing Alex Capus, Word Book Fringe, Word Power Books, Edinburgh
Aug 16 reading, Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series, Edinburgh International Book Festival
Aug 15 reading, Edinburgh International Book Festival (McSwiss)
Aug 14 reading, Word Book Fringe, Word Power Books, Edinburgh
Aug 14-30 exhibition, head drawing by Joyce Gunn Cairns, Edinburgh World Heritage Trust
June 21 creative writing workshop Words on Canvas I, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
June 14 reading, Strangers in a Strange Land: Outsiders of the Landlocked Island, Leith Festival, Rocksalt Café, Edinburgh
May 8 reading, Ullapool Book Festival (McSwiss)
Apr 26 creative writing workshop Words on Canvas I, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh

Apr 15 creative writing workshop Words on Canvas II, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
Apr longlisted for Edge Hill Short Story Prize (for Fighting It)
Mar 30 reading, Kantonsschule Romanshorn, Switzerland (McSwiss)
Mar 26 reading, Kantonsschule Wiedikon, Zürich, Switzerland (McSwiss)
Mar 24 reading, Kantonsbibliothek Frauenfeld, Switzerland (McSwiss)
Mar 23 reading, Pädagogische Hochschule St.Gallen, Gossau Campus, Switzerland (McSwiss)
Mar 11 reading and workshop, Dunbar Writers
Mar 4 creative writing workshop Words on Canvas II, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
Jan 25 creative writing workshop Words on Canvas I, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh

2009

Dec 14 creative writing workshop Words on Canvas I, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
Nov 4 guest reading, Edinburgh University
Nov shortlisted for Saltire Book of the Year Award (for Fighting It), alongside A L Kennedy, Janice Galloway, Robert Crawford, James Buchan and John McLeod – read article in Scotland on Sunday
Oct 19 creative writing workshop Words On Canvas I, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
Oct profile, Swiss Review (Switzerland in the UK)
Sept 17 reading, Kantonale Maturitätsschule für Erwachsene, Zürich (McSwiss)
Sept 15 reading, Hotel Trauben (wine cellar!), Weinfelden, Switzerland (McSwiss)
Sept Scottish Arts Council Bursary Award for next two novels
Aug 30 interview, Lizzy’s Literary Life
Aug 19 reading, Edinburgh International Book Festival
Aug 16 reading, Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series, Edinburgh International Book Festival
July 3 interview, booksfromscotland.com
June 22 interview, Book Café, BBC Radio Scotland
June 19 interview, Scotsman
June 18 launch of Fighting It, Word Power Books, Edinburgh, supported by Consulate General of Switzerland
May 11 creative writing workshop Words on Canvas I, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
Feb 28 reading, Fundraising Event for Gaza, Argyle Bar, Edinburgh
Jan profile, Die Kantonsschule Frauenfeld und ihre Dichterinnen und Dichter – exhibition and catalogue, Switzerland

2008

Nov 25 launch of Stolen Stories (Forest Publications), Word Power Books, Edinburgh
Aug 15 reading, Story Shop, Edinburgh International Book Festival
Aug 5 reading, National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh (McSwiss)
Aug 4 reading, Opening of Word Book Fringe, Word Power Books, Edinburgh (McSwiss)
June 12 reading, launch of Cleave (Two Ravens Press), Borders Bookshop, Glasgow
June 9 creative writing workshop Words On Canvas I, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
Mar 17 creative writing workshop Words On Canvas I, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
Mar 9 judge, Inspired? Get Writing! Creative Writing Competition 2007-08, run by National Galleries of Scotland/Scottish Poetry Library/English-Speaking Union, Edinburgh

2007

Oct 28 reading, Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair, Out of the Blue Drill Hall
Sept 18 chair, Peter Stamm event, Goethe Institute, Glasgow
Aug 23 reading, Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers Series, Edinburgh International Book Festival
Aug 14 reading, Story Shop, Edinburgh International Book Festival
Aug 13 reading, Word Power Books, supported by Consulate General of Switzerland, Edinburgh (McSwiss)
May 22 reading, West Dunbartonshire Literature Festival, Thornton’s Café, Lomond Shores (McSwiss)
Jan 3 ‘Cool Room 3’, BBC Radio 4 (Scottish Shorts)

2006

June 6 reading, launch of Textualities, The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh
May 18 reading, Opening of Consulate General of Switzerland, Signet Library, Edinburgh (McSwiss)

2005

Dec 11 interview, Neue Zürcher Zeitung am Sonntag
June 3 reading, West Dunbartonshire Literature Festival, Loch Lomond Books, Lomond Shores (McSwiss)
Apr 22 teacher training workshop for Fachschaft Englisch, Kantonsschule Rämibühl MNG (Zürich), Edinburgh (McSwiss)
Feb 7 reading and talk, Pädagogische Hochschule St.Gallen, Switzerland (McSwiss)

2004

Mar 11 reading, International Women’s Day, AK Bell Library, Perth
Spring UBS Cultural Foundation Award

2003

Sept 1-20 writing retreat, Casa Pantrova, Carona, Switzerland (Pro Helvetia/Swiss Arts Council)
Aug
 profile, The Swiss Review (Switzerland in the UK)
Jul 12 interview, The Herald, Best Friends series
June 6 reading, West Dunbartonshire Literature Festival, Balloch Library (McSwiss)
Spring Pro Helvetia (Swiss Arts Council) Bursary Award
Feb 22 interview, Thurgauer Zeitung, Ausgewandert, aber nicht vergessen series
Feb 19 teacher training workshop and reading, Kantonsschule am Burggraben, St Gallen, Switzerland (McSwiss)
Feb 13 reading, Hotel Trauben (Gerichtsherrenstube), Weinfelden, Switzerland

2002

Autumn Cadenza prizewinner
Aug 26 reading, Edinburgh International Book Festival (Edinburgh Review Anniversary Celebration)
Aug 20 reading (GaelForce 2002), Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh
Aug 12 reading, Edinburgh International Book Festival
May 30 launch of The Beauty Room, Raeburn Room, Old College, Edinburgh
Mar creative writing workshops in Bahrain for British Council (McSwiss)
Feb Thurgau Lottery Foundation Bursary Award

2001

Mar 20 reading, From Burns to Bern: A Celebration of Swiss-Scottish Poetic Dialogues, Scottish PEN, National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

2000

Sept 23 reading, Scottish Book Town Festival, Wigtown House Hotel (McSwiss)

1999

Oct shortlisted for Saltire First Book of the Year Award (for Inside~Outside)
Sept 13
reading, Gemeindebibliothek Weinfelden, Switzerland (McSwiss)
Spring filmed for Scottish Female Authors series, BBC Scotland

1998

Nov readings and talks, Budapest and Pécs University, Hungary, for British Council (McSwiss)
Nov 18 launch of Inside~Outside, Waterstone’s, Edinburgh

1997

Scottish Arts Council Bursary Award

1995

winner of Edinburgh Review Tenth Anniversary Short Story Competition (previously unpublished author)

 

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