outerspace coverI’m a writer based in Edinburgh. I used to be a professional astronomer and much of my writing is inspired by science. I’m currently a writer in residence at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg institute near Bremen, Germany.

My collection of short stories The Need for Better Regulation of Outer Space is longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and available from Freight Books. My novel The Falling Sky 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.


Best American Science and Nature Writing 2014

My non-fiction essay on European astronomers working in Chile during the Pinochet regime was first published in the New York Times in September 2013 (on the 40th anniversary of Pinochet’s coup), and has been chosen to be included in the Best American Science and Nature Writing 2014 anthology, published by Houghton Mifflin. basnw2014My novel ‘The Falling Sky’ also touches on this subject.