I am a writer based in Assynt, in the north-west highlands of Scotland. My work includes poetry, fiction and non-fiction and 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: 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
- five 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 a historical novel trilogy, set in the Iron Age: The Walrus Mutterer, The Amber Seeker and (coming soon) The Lyre Dancers.
I love sharing my sense of wonder and knowledge about the natural world with other people, and encouraging others to express themselves and I teach creative writing and literature at the University of the Highlands and Islands. 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, or to treat yourself to a one-to-one mentoring session on how to strengthen your witing, please get in touch.
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