I’m a writer based in Edinburgh. I used to be a professional astronomer and much of my writing is  inspired by science. I blog on the interaction between science and literature.

My novel ‘The Falling Sky’ is available directly from the publishers Freight Books, as well as from your favourite bookshop. ‘The Falling Sky’ was a finalist in the Dundee International Book Prize in 2012

My short stories, non-fiction and poetry have been published in a variety of magazines and anthologies, including Gutter, Lablit, New Writing Scotland and the New York Times.

I have an MLitt in creative writing from the University of Glasgow and I received a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award for 2011/2012. From 2008 to 2010 I was a writer in residence at the ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum, at the University of Edinburgh.

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Fiction Meets Science

fiction meets science screenshotI’m thrilled to become the next writer-in-residence on the ‘Fiction Meets Science‘ programme at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg, near Bremen. The HWK (as it’s known) is an interdisciplinary institute which invites academics from all over the world to work and live together, and collaborate with scientists based at the Universities of Bremen and Oldenburg. One of their strands of work, the ‘Fiction Meets Science’ programme, looks at the way that science is represented in literature. And this programme supports a writer-in-residence, which will be me from November.