My poetry pamphlet Reading the Landscape will be published by Hedgehog Press on 16 February 2022. I am releasing fireworks and blowing trumpets (metaphorically) right now. Big, big thanks to Mark Davidson!

The cover design is a scene from woodland in the Eildon Hills in the Scottish Borders. I love that tree. Landscape is key to the poetry pamphlet, as landscapes and the natural world fill me with hope. The collection contains poems that explore and relish the natural landscape as well as exploring inner mindscapes.

Reading the Landscape poetry pamphlet from Hedgehog Press

It’ll retail at £7.99, to include p&p in UK. You can pre-order Reading the Landscape by dropping me a message at 

For more information about Reading the Landscape, and about the wonderful Hedgehog Press, follow this link.


I’m delighted to announce that my novel Incunabulum is out now for Kindle and in paperback, and is available for sale through Waterstones, Amazon and Apple iBooks store. I’m hoping to extend the range of sales outlets, and have it available in UK libraries, as soon as possible after the coronavirus lockdown.

To read an excerpt, follow this link to the Kindle version on Amazon.

Author Leela Soma interviewed me about Incunabulum on her blog. You can read it here. Thanks, Leela!

I was delighted that Rona Fitzgerald included Incunabulum in her review of lockdown reading. You can read her full article here at The Blue Nib.

‘Hamilton author pens book about the aftermath of a pandemic 15 years before COVID-19’  Big thanks to Shirley Bartynek of The Daily Record for interviewing me about Incunabulum.

And did you know that Incunabulum started life back in 2007? The first chapter was published in The Telegraph when it reached the longlist of their ‘Novel in a Year’ competition, under the title ‘The Incunabulum Notebooks’. You can see it here –

To read some extra material about Incunabulum, and take part in the discussion, have a look at my page on Goodreads.

Incunabulum is published by PotHole Press.


Now published on Kindle, Kobo and for ipad – Second Chances: true stories of living with Addison’s disease

Compiled and edited by Carol McKay. Published by PotHole Press, 2012.

How does it feel to be diagnosed with a life-threatening health condition?

Addison’s disease is a rare auto-immune condition which can be fatal. Diagnosis is often made in an emergency.

In this book, sixteen people describe the impact Addison’s disease has had on their lives. Drawn from the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, South Africa, Belgium and South Korea, these men and women describe in their own words the difficult journey they’ve taken, from illness, through diagnosis, to living a full life, thanks to the second chance modern medicine has given them.

Now available on Kindle here     And available on Kobo here

Also available on iBooks.

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Now out from Pothole Press – Creative Writing Prompts to Feed the Imagination

Lots of people ask me, ‘Where do you get your writing ideas from?’ Or they say, ‘I’d love to write but I can never think of a topic.’ With this in mind, I’ve produced this little e-book. In it, you’ll find a feast of simple writing prompts and ideas as well as meatier topics to get your teeth into. Published 25 August, 2012.

Available on Kindle for 99p.

Don’t have a Kindle? Visit the Creative Writing Prompts to Feed the Imagination page on Amazon and look to the bottom right. You can download a free Kindle app so you can read this and other e-books on your laptop, tablet or wherever.

New! Creative Writing Prompts to Feed the Imagination is now available on Kobo – here

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My writing’s been published in a range of magazines over the last ten years, including Gutter, Chapman and Mslexia. I’ve also had fiction published in The Herald and The Telegraph, and anthologised by Birlinn, Luath and Freight. I’m very pleased nine of these stories have now been collected and published as an e-book by PotHole Press, along with some of my previously unpublished favourites.

A recipe for Scottish candy, the energy efficiency coding of white goods, home decorating – all appear in this collection of stories about ordinary, domestic life. A car chase, a plunge from a bridge and a Rottweiler attack are there, too.

Ordinary Domestic: Collected Short Stories is available on Kindle from Amazon and will soon be available in other formats direct from PotHole Press. Don’t have a Kindle e-book reader? You can download a free reading app from the Amazon website so you can read Ordinary Domestic on your PC, I-pad or Android device.

Here’s what people have said about some of the stories In Ordinary Domestic –

‘weird … unsettling’ – Adele Geras on ‘Decomposing’.

‘hallucinatory urban realism’ – Suhayl Saadi on ‘Unrestricted’ (finalist for Macallan / Scotland on Sunday Short Story Competition)

‘Carol McKay’s fiction, uncompromising in its engagement with emotional rawness, unsentimental in its portrayal of the past’ – Prof Willy Maley (in The Knuckle End, published by Freight)

And I send my thanks to writer Andrew McCallum Crawford for this fabulous review of Ordinary Domestic on his blog

Available 26 March 2012

New! Ordinary Domestic: collected short stories is now available on Kobo – here

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In 2008, I co-wrote the biography of Eileen Munro, As I lay me down to sleep, which was published by Mainstream, part of the Random House Group. Enduringly popular, it’s still available on Kindle here.

Now also available in French! Published by City Editions, it’s called Le soir, quand je me couche