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I’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 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 and was also longlisted for the Polari First Book Prize 2014. My next book, a collection of short stories called ‘The Need for Better Regulation of Outer Space’ will be published in May 2015.

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, and also been broadcast on Radio 4.

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. I’m represented by Isobel Dixon at Blake Friedmann.

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.