I have a PhD in astronomy and worked at Imperial College for several years. I also have an MLitt in creative writing from University of Glasgow and I was a winner of a Scottish Book Trust/Creative Scotland New Writers Award for 2012. In 2016 I was a recipient of a Suffrage Science award – set up to honour women in science.
I really enjoy being a writer-in-residence, my first residency was at the ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum (based at the University of Edinburgh) where I learnt a little bit about genetics and wrote lots about it. During 2015 I was a writer-in-residence on the fiction meets science programme at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg in Germany, and at the beginning of 2018 I had a residency near Heidelberg, thanks to UNESCO City of Literature Heidelberg and the Kulturstiftung Rhein-Neckar-Kreis e.V.
For the past few years I’ve been an informal writer-in-residence at the Science, Technology and Innovation Studies unit in the University of Edinburgh where I’m involved in a variety of interdisciplinary projects about the exploration of outer space, upland hill farming, and the uncanny. I write occasional academic papers on the complex processes of working on these sorts of projects (such as this one in Leonardo).
Recently I’ve been writing essays about science and history – including my own family history in Germany.
I like talking about the links between science and literature on the radio and at live events; I’ve been on Radio 4 and Radio Scotland a few times, and have appeared at many festivals; most recently at Heidelberg Literaturtage, Bradford Literary Festival and Edinburgh International Science Festival.