I enjoy giving readings and facilitating workshops on a range of creative writing themes, for community groups and festivals. I’m an able and enthusiastic judge for writing competitions.

It was a boon to get back to face-to-face sessions as the pandemic restrictions eased. So, in November 2021, I was able to visit the phenomenally productive and welcoming Ayr Writers’ Club, who invited me to give a presentation on Life Writing. Here’s a link to their blog post after the event.  Many thanks! A lovely group.

Other seminars I’ve given include a general introduction to creative writing at Clarkston Library as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, and a seminar on e-publishing at the Scottish Writers’ Centre.

I’m registered with the Scottish Book Trust’s Live Literature author database. Click the link for my writer’s page on the Scottish Book Trust website.

For general enquiries about my availability for events, drop me an email at


Between April 2004 and September 2018 I worked with the Open University, teaching two of their creative writing courses: A174 Start Writing Fiction and A215 Creative Writing. I’m a firm believer in the value of creative writing tuition to help people develop their skills and find a satisfying outlet for creative expression.

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For many years, I ran classes for North Lanarkshire Council, tutoring weekly leisure classes, and one-to-one mentoring sessions. While attached to the Community Learning and Development section I formed strong links with North Motherwell women’s writing group The Birobabes and with Airdrie’s Men with Pens. For some years I was the regular tutor for Hamilton’s independent writing group Hieton Writers. I’ve also worked as a tutor through Cardonald College in Glasgow and once ran classes in creative writing (in English) for Spanish young people and adults attending the British Council schools in Madrid, which was challenging, inspiring and fun!