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PortraitI grew up in Ulster at the height of the ‘Troubles’, but now live with my husband in the Scottish Borders. An interest in Scotland’s turbulent history, and in particular the 16th century, combined with PhD research into the Ulster-Scots vernacular, led to the writing of Turn of the Tide.

It was the Historical Fiction Winner in the 2011 Harper Collins / Alan Titchmarsh People’s Novelist Competition (pre-publication), and has just been awarded the Beryl Bainbridge Award for Best First Time Author 2014.

Beryl Bainbridge Award for Best First Time Author

Beryl Bainbridge Award for Best First Time Author

I am currently working on the sequel, as well as continuing to write short stories, and so am contemplating bringing out a collection of shorts as an e-book. That would be a steep learning curve and I don’t want to take away from my already squeezed writing time just now, but it’s definitely a longer term aim.

So – straw poll – would you read a collection of short stories that spanned several centuries and crossed continents? Answer on the website equivalent of a postcard please! – The Contact me page.

An Hawthornden Fellow and award winning short story writer – my other recent credits include, Overall Winner Neil Gunn 2011, Chrysalis Prize 2010, and Winchester Short Story Prize 2009. 3rd in Rubery International Short Story 2013, finalist in the Historical Novel Society Short Story 2012, shortlisted in the Mslexia Short Story Competition 2012 and long-listed for the Historical Novel Society Short Story 2014, the Matthew Pritchard Award, Fish Short Story and Fish One Page Prize, I’ve been published in a range of magazines and anthologies in Britain and the USA.

Visit Gallery to see some pictures (more comprehensive selection to be uploaded soon) and a video clip of Turn of the Tide discussed on the Alan Titchmarsh Show.

See Turn of the Tide page for background information on the book, and Publications for a list of currently available anthologies which include some of the short stories mentioned above.

Visit the blog page for links to articles I find of interest and / or articles of my own.

One of my prize-winning short stories is available to read on the Short stories page.

That’s the technical stuff – for info on what’s important to me personally and some random facts you may (or may not) find interesting, please visit the About page.

I’d love to hear from you, so please do use the Contact me form to comment / ask questions or just say ‘hi’.