I’m a writer based in Edinburgh. I originally moved here from London to study astronomy, and while I’m no longer a professional scientist most of my writing is inspired by science. I enjoy being a writer-in-residence at places where I can learn new things; I’m currently in residence at the University of Edinburgh’s Science, Techology and Innovation Studies unit. I’ve received a Suffrage Science award – an award that honours women in science.
My collection of short stories The Need for Better Regulation of Outer Space was longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award 2015 and the Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2016, and is available from Freight Books. My novel The Falling Sky was runner-up for the Dundee International Book Prize 2012 and is also available from Freight Books.
My short stories, poetry and non-fiction have been published in a variety of magazines and anthologies, including Gutter, Lablit, New Writing Scotland and the New York Times, and also been broadcast on Radio 4.
I Am Because You Are
Last year was the hundredth anniversary of Einstein’s general relativity; the theory has changed the way we think about the universe, upsetting any ‘commmon sense’ notions about space and time and leading to predictions of bizarre objects such as black holes.
I thought it would be interesting to see how writers would respond to this extraordinary theory, and so I’ve co-edited (Tania Hershman is the other editor) an anthology of specially commissioned short stories and non-fiction essays published by Freight this autumn. The many wonderful writers who have contributed to this anthology include Andrew Crumey, Pedro Ferreira and Vanessa Gebbie.