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Best Scottish Poems 2016

My poem ‘Physics for the unwary student’ has been chosen as one of the 20 Best Scottish Poems for 2016! This selection is made each year by a different editor, this year’s was Catherine Lockerbie. My poem was published in the House of Three anthology, volume 2 (editors Kevin Cadwallender, Annie Kelly)

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The Big Bang is scheduled to happen in Wigtown!

I’m taking part in a weekend of women talking about science at Wigtown. The Big Bang weekend is happening on 27-29 January and there’ll be talks on dark matter, astronomy and literature, deep sea exploration, the search for life on other planets and lots of other stuff. Also talking are Dr Amy Hofmann and Dr […]

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‘Umbrellas of Edinburgh’ anthology

I have two poems, ‘Nowhere special’ and ‘Getting lost in the physics department’, in the new anthology ‘Umbrellas of Edinburgh: Poetry and Prose Inspired by Scotland’s Capital City’ edited by Russell Jones and Claire Askew, and published by Freight.

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Diary piece in Scottish Review of Books

I wrote a diary piece for today’s Scottish Review of Books, about my recent trip to Orkney to speak at the science festival there.  

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Autumn events

Here’s a round-up of some events I’m doing over the next few months: As part of the North Lanarkshire Encounters festival, I’m running a workshop on science as an inspiration for fiction writing – on 4th October in Airdrie Observatory (one of the few public observatories in the UK). I’m giving a talk on the […]

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My poems in House of Three anthology

A selection of my poems (including lots of previously unpublished ones) have just been published in a new anthology from House of Three (edited by Kevin Cadwallender). The other two poets in the anthology with me are Logie Fielding and Nalini Paul and there are two other volumes published at the same time. We’ll be […]

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We would like you to listen to our hearts

Over the past year I’ve been an unofficial writer in residence at STIS – the science, technology and innovation studies unit in the University of Edinburgh. Most of the time that I’m there I spend quietly in an office, working on the novel-to-be. But I’ve also been talking to Dr Gill Haddow about her research […]

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Two events in June and July

A few nice things coming up: I’m taking part in an event at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow to celebrate National Reading Groups Day on Saturday 18th June. And I’m giving a talk about astronomy in literature at the Birmingham Planetarium (so the talk will be accompanied by beautiful images) on 8 July – more […]

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My story on the Beeb

My story ‘An Investigation into Love by Babcock and Wainwright’ was broadcast on Radio 4 recently and is still available. You may never look at a lab mouse the same way after this story… (It was first published on Lablit last year.)

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A couple of new book reviews

My review of ‘Lois McMaster Bujold’ by Edward James is in this week’s TLS, and my review of ’15 Million Degrees: A Journey to the Heart of the Sun’ by Lucie Green is in this week’s Spectator. More reviews are in the pipeline… And my own short story collection ‘The Need for Better Regulation of […]

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