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.


I Am Because You Are

I_Am_Because_cover_smallThis year is 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 to be published by Freight this autumn. The many wonderful writers who have contributed to this anthology include Andrew Crumey, Pedro Ferreira and Vanessa Gebbie.