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 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. Occasionally I blog on the interaction between science and literature.

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.

Watch me talk about my work! I’ve been interviewed on these sites:

'I am because you are': stories inspired by general relativity

Einstein published his revolutionary paper on general relativity in November 1915 and changed the way we think about the world.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary Freight Books is publishing an anthology of short fiction and non-fiction inspired by general relativity, which will be edited by myself and Tania Hershman. ‘I am because you are’ will be published by Freight Books in Autumn 2015. Around fourteen authors are contributing short stories, alongside essays by astrophysicists about the impact of general relativity on cosmology, black holes and quantum gravity.

There’s space for more stories – we’re challenging you to write a story!  Go to Freight Books for more information.

Einstein writes field equations