Welcome to Mandy's Website
OUT NOW! Two new books! The Amber Seeker, volume two of the Stone Stories trilogy AND Why the Sky is Far Away, my long awaited new poetry collection. Order your signed copies here!
I am a writer based in Assynt, in the north-west highlands of Scotland. My work is varied in style and format, including poetry, fiction and non-fiction and it is mostly concerned with nature. Trees feature a lot, as do bears, and paper, and my latest obsession is sailing, so expect more of the sea in future. But I'm not just a nature writer; people intrigue me, the way our minds work, how our relationships shape us, and how we express ourselves in words, music and images. Time is another important dimension of my work: both human history and the deep time of geology and evolution.
My books include:
- four collections of poetry - letting light in, Castings, A-B-Tree and Why the Sky is Far Away;
- an anthology of tree poems, Into the Forest;
- a non-fiction book, Paper Trails - from trees to trash, the true cost of paper
- four novels - The Last Bear, which won the Robin Jenkins Literary Award in 2009; Bear Witness, a thought experiment about bringing bears back to Scotland; and The Walrus Mutterer and The Amber Seeker, the first and second volumes of a historical novel trilogy, set in the Iron Age.
I love sharing my sense of wonder and knowledge about the natural world with other people, and encouraging others to express themselves. So if you want me to come and lead a walk in the woods or along the shore, or to share folklore or poetry about trees, or to run a writing workshop or a classroom session to imagine your way back in time, please get in touch.
I also teach creative writing and literature at the University of the Highlands and Islands. If you have a writing project and want feedback, help is at hand, here! Treat yourself to a one-to-one session on how to strengthen your own writing.
If you'd like to be informed, occasionally, about my books, special offers, retreats etc, please contact me. I will never share your information with anyone else.