Research areas

  • PE English - creative writing, literature

Area of research expertise - Outline

I'm interested in all aspects of creative writing in its widest sense (including academic writing). My practice continues to consist mostly of prose but I've also written screenplays, drama and poetry. I'm interested in interdisciplinary crossovers with art, music, health, and sociology.

As well as research interests in the Gothic, the First World War, dementia studies and psychogeography, I'm involved with community literary events in and around Paisley and the international promotion of Scottish literature.

My first novel was awarded a PhD: my second and third are in preparation. I was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship in November 2017,  


Current research activities.

Walking and writing, dementia, the 'Glasgow Effect', psychogeography, electronic poetry, creative community.


Desired research direction.


Other areas of Expertise available for knowledge exchange.

Novel development, writing retreats, project management of creative work, mentoring.

Target Collaborative Companies:

Scottish Book Trust

Creative Scotland

Dementia Scotland

Target Collaborative Organisations

Scottish PEN/PEN International


Association of Scottish Literary Studies


Research output

  1. Making the Ordinary Extraordinary: Collaborative Wayfaring and Creating Writing

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  2. The Hidden Highlander: The Noctes Ambrosianae and the Highlands

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  3. The Glass Half Full: Moving Beyond Scottish Miserablism

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

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  1. Association of Scottish Literary Studies (External organisation)

    Activity: MembershipMembership of board

  2. Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowships 2017

    Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminar

  3. Scotswrite Conference

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

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  1. Highly Commended (Wordstock Festival)

    Prize: National/international honour

  2. Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  3. New Writers' Bursary

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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