Events

If you’d like to book me for an event or workshop, send me an email with details and I’ll get back to you asap. I am also available via the Scottish Book Trust’s Live Literature scheme.

Upcoming

LeithLate16: The Grind and Amnesty International – Imprisoned Writers

Sunday 26th June 7-10.30pm, Pilrig St Paul’s Church, Edinburgh.

A great night out for a good cause.

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Inky Fingers – Victoria Bar, Leith Walk, Edinburgh – May 3rd

Great fun taking part in Inky Fingers’ regular open mic night. Always an entertaining evening as a member of the audience and if you’re nursing thoughts of speaking up yourself, they’re a very friendly lot, so get in there.

2015

Pentland Book Festival – Tanners , Lanark Road, Edinburgh – November 26th

‘No Place Like Home’ – Read from my novel and short stories and talked about how my home town of Edinburgh, and links to the local area, have manifested in my writing.

Rally & Broad – Bongo Club, Edinburgh – Friday 20th November

‘Said the Joker to the Thief’. As one of the best regular literary nights out in Edinburgh (or Glasgow), I was thrilled to be included on a Rally & Broad line-up. Check out the Rally & Broad website for more events.

Writing with Attitude – White Horse Bar, Royal Mile, Edinburgh – November 3rd

Masterclass for Scottish Writers’ Centre. A two hour workshop exploring ideas about ‘attitude’ in writing through examples, discussion and short exercises.

Ilkley Literature Festival – October 9th and 10th

Appeared at Ilkley literature Festival with Janice Galloway. We did an event on the Friday evening and a workshop on the Saturday morning.

Blackwell’s Writers at the Fringe – Thurs 20th August at Blackwell’s, South Bridge

Very glad to have participated again in Blackwell’s excellent programme of evening events showcasing local Edinburgh writers.

Jura Unbound – Weds 26th August 9pm, Spiegeltent, Edinburgh International Book Festival

Vic Galloway and Friends. This was a mix of music and spoken word and was packed with good stuff worth staying up late for.

Poets Against Humanity – Weds 22 July 8-10pm in the Banshee Labyrinth

One of the strangest things I’ve done in a crowded room under the High Street on a Wednesday night. There’s really no way to explain it, but I believe there’s a podcast somewhere on this website.

Nomenclature

My first, and so far only, night out in Falkirk was one of my favourite events ever. Many thanks to The Grind and [Untitled] for pulling it together, despite last minute change of venue. There are a bunch of pics of the evening here.

Launch of The Way Out

Had a fantastic launch event for my first collection of short stories, The Way Out, in Edinburgh’s Looking Glass Books on 19th March 2015. Great hosts, fantastic audience, couldn’t ask for more. Pics, as ever, by the Illustrious Chris Scott here.

2014

Illicit Ink Skyground – Friday 5th December, Scottish Storytelling Centre

Skyground are narrative-focused spoken word events where a group of writers and performers work together to create an ensemble story with a complete narrative arc. Huge amounts of fun. You can check out some pics by the never less than wonderful Chris Scott here.

Best British Short Stories at Edge Hill University

Read my story Ladies’ Day at this event for SALT’s Best British Short Stories 2014.

Portobello Book Festival

A most enjoyable event at Portobello Book Festival with another Edinburgh author – the very marvellous Angela Jackson. Great questions from a generous audience.

Spoken Word Sundays, Scottish Writers’ Showcase

Part of the Spoken Word Sundays programme of events hosted by Appletree Writers in the Whole Works off Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.

Illicit Ink Underground

Word Games. Facebook event page for more details. This was great fun – Edinburgh’s very own Literary Paparazzo, Chris Scott took these here photographs.

10Red – at the Persevere, Leith, Edinburgh

Prose, poetry, lots of different voices. Always a good night – runs first Wednesday of every month.

Sig7 – at the Counting House, Edinburgh

A new venue for the second Significant 7 event. A great line up, cracking night’s entertainment.

2013

Linlithgow Book Festival

Was lovely to be back at the Linlithgow Book Festival again this year. Their open mic event is a real mixed bag of surprises. Tried out some shorter fiction this time.

Story Shop at Edinburgh International Book Festival

Edinburgh City of Literature  in partnership with the Edinburgh International Book Festival runs a regular line-up of new and emerging writers living and working in Edinburgh every August. This year, I was first up this year with a new short story which I read to a full house at the Speigletent in Charlotte Square gardens. A daunting but highly enjoyable experience.

Blackwell’s Edinburgh Writers at the Fringe

Talked about and reading from Nothing is Heavy at this event in Blackwell’s bookshop on the South Bridge with three other local Edinburgh writers. Blackwell’s do so much to support local writers and sell their books, it was a pleasure.

The Significant Seven – Henderson’s at St Johns, West End, Edinburgh

A FREE night of live literature with Peter Burnett, Dickson Telfer, Samuel Best, Eddie Gibbons, Sandy Christie, Pippa Goldschmidt and myself. Great audience. Great writers – check them out by following the links to their websites.

Enunciate @ Resonate Arts Centre in Alloa

This was a fantastic mixed arts event. If one happens near you, you should definitely go along. I’d also highly recommend the work of the very talented writers on the bill that night: Alan Bissett, Andrew C Ferguson, Mairi Campbell-Jack and Dickson Telfer .

PublishED at Edinburgh University

A reading and Q&A session for this student society which brings together a community of aspiring young writers, editors and publishers. They produce a quarterly magazine called INKWELL.

2012

West Port Book Festival

I had such fun appearing at the West Port Book Festival. I read from Nothing is Heavy and did a spot of Q&A with the inimitable Peggy Hughes (of WPBF and Edinburgh City of Literature) and the audience in the Kingfisher chippy, Edinburgh. Chips were served along with the words.

Linlithgow Book Festival

Took part in the open mike spot at the Linlithgow Book Festival in the Masonic Hall. Fantastic event with some brilliant writers and performers reading in a friendly supportive atmosphere. Great fun.

Pulp Fiction Bookshop Launch

Edinburgh’s most eclectic bookshop, Pulp Fiction, hosted a great event for me. They are also now stocking the book. If you’re in Edinburgh, I recommend you drop in to Pulp Fiction – books, fabulous cafe and friendly atmosphere.

Wigtown Book Festival Fringe

I appeared at the gorgeous bookshop/cafe Reading Lasses. Loved visiting Wigtown.

Book Launch Party

There was an informal bash to celebrate the release of Nothing Is Heavy in the excellent Washbar on The Mound in Edinburgh. It was great to see so many friendly faces, the night went by too fast. A huge thank you to everyone who came along.

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