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Shriek Song: short story published in New Writing Scotland

Just a short update to share some good news: I’ve been published in New Writing Scotland 40: nobody remembers the birdman by the Association for Scottish Literature! I’m thrilled that my short story, Shriek Song, found a home in the collection and that it can be enjoyed by readers in Scotland and beyond. Shriek Song […]

The importance of staying proactive as a writer

Trying to build a career as a writer when you have a life, other commitments and a whole other job can seem a daunting task and there’s no doubt that it takes hard work, discipline and patience. I wanted to jot down some thoughts I’ve had recently about why it’s so important to also be […]

Querying agents: what I’ve learnt so far on my journey to being published

Hello! After a VERY LONG TIME, I’m back! While I’ve been away from my blog for the past year and a bit, a lot has happened. I’ve moved from London to Edinburgh, got engaged (!) and finally finished my novel. (The one mentioned here in a previous post for reference.) While it’s been a really […]

Review: Writers & Lovers, Lily King

It has been a while since I’ve devoured a book so quickly, racing through the pages and scheduling time into my day to sit down and get lost in the 90s romcom literary escapade that is Lily King’s marvellous Writers & Lovers. There is so much that I loved about Writers & Lovers. The long […]

Review: Nordic Fauna, Andrea Lundgren

I haven’t reviewed a book for my blog in a while, so I was delighted when Pereine Press offered to send me a copy of Andrea Lundgren’s Nordic Fauna, translated from the Swedish by John Litell. And it has been something of a challenge to digest and describe the brilliant Nordic Fauna in any kind […]

Master’s update and new novel – it’s been a while!

Hello and welcome to this strange and tumultuous world in 2021. It’s been quite a long time since I last blogged (seven months in fact!) and while I’m disappointed not to have kept up my blogging schedule , I think I can be forgiven because, you know, it was 2020 and all. So much has […]

Dealing with criticism as a writer

Recently I submitted two short stories to my Creative Writing tutor. Sometimes when I submit my work, I have a feeling in my gut that she’s going to like it. When she opens her mouth to tell me what she thinks, I’m waiting for her to confirm my suspicions and tell me that I’m brilliant. […]

Review: Salt on Your Tongue, Charlotte Runcie

Salt on Your Tongue called to me in so many ways. It’s not fiction, so it’s different to what I normally read. It’s about folklore and myths, and also about real life. And it’s ultimately about the things I love and love to write about: women and the sea. Side note: there are so many […]

Review: The Mercies, Kiran Millwood Hargrave

The Mercies has been on my TBR pile for a while – with a brilliant title, an intriguing premise and a beautiful cover, I knew that I’d fall hook, line and sinker for Hargrave’s dark and atmospheric novel. Set on the remote Norwegian island of Vardo in 1617, The Mercies follows the story of a […]

Review: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, Ocean Vuong

Wow, consuming Ocean Vuong’s debut novel was quite the experience. Every sentence packs a punch. Every image is super charged and electric. In short, I absolutely loved it. Written as a letter to his mother, the novel is fragmented and rich – just the way I like my prose. Memories of childhood are threaded through […]