Awards

March 2020 brought me the news that a selection of my poems is to be published by Hedgehog Press . I won their White Label – Quatre poetry pamphlet competition, and am utterly thrilled.

My short story ‘There’s always another train’ was commended in the Federation of Writers (Scotland) flash fiction competition in Spring 2019. You can read the story on the site here.

Also in Spring 2019, my short story In UK Now was a finalist in the Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction, organised by Comma Press and UCLan. See my ‘short fiction’ page for full details. In September 2020, I got an email to tell me it had also reached the final sixty in the BBC National Short Story Award.

In 2018, I was awarded a place on Magnetic North’s Space/Time retreat – a residency for established artists that combines facilitated dialogue with opportunities for reflection on artistic development.

Forty poem collection longlisted in Hedgehog Press’s ‘Slim Volume of One’s Own’ competition, 2018.

A selection of my poems was commended in Indigo Dreams ‘Geoff Stevens’ poetry pamphlet competition, 2018.

‘In UK Now’ was longlisted in Mslexia’s Short Story Competition, 2017.

I won a bursary to attend Moniack Mhor’s Travel Writing course in 2015. My thanks to them and to Mairi Hedderwick.

My short story Flags won the inaugural Booktown Writers’ Short Story Competition in 2012.

In 2010, I spent the month of July living at the Hotel Chevillon in Grez-sur-Loing, just south of Paris, France, as winner of the Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship. You can read about my experiences there on my blog.

The opening sequence of my novel The Incunabulum Notebooks reached the longlist of the Daily Telegraph Novel in a Year competition in 2007.

In 2002, I was awarded a writer’s bursary by the Scottish Arts Council.

Also in 2002, my short story Unrestricted reached the final six of the last ever Macallan/Scotland on Sunday Short Story Competition, and was published in the Shorts 5 anthology by Polygon.