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Writing

Books, Plays & Films

Authored books include: The Diary of Archie the Alpaca (Polygon), The Brilliant & Forever (Polygon), A Method Actor's Guide to Jekyll & Hyde (Polygon), The Stornoway Way (Penguin), Be Wise Be Otherwise (Canongate), Love and Zen in the Outer Hebrides (Canongate).

Edited books include: Robert Louis Stevenson - An Anthology chosen by Jorge Luis Borges and Adolfo Bioy Casares (Polygon), Struileag: Shore to Shore - An Anthology of Essays and Poems on the Gaelic Diaspora (Polygon), These Islands We Sing: An Anthology of Scottish Islands Poetry (Polygon), The Red Door: The Collected English Stories of Iain Crichton Smith 1949-76 (Birlinn), The Black Halo: The Collected English Stories of Iain Crichton Smith 1977-98 (Birlinn), Lunch at Yes (Gaelic advisor Kevin MacNeil, Association of Scottish Literary Studies), On the Way Home it was Suddenly (Gaelic advisor Kevin MacNeil, Association of Scottish Literary Studies), Going Up Ben Nevis in a Bubble Car (Gaelic advisor Kevin MacNeil, Association of Scottish Literary Studies), Dalle Ebridi a Malta (main contributor Kevin MacNeil, Sensibili Alla Foglie), Wish I Was Here (Pocketbooks) Baile Beag Gun Chržochan/A Little Borderless Village (Comhairle na Gaidhealtachd).

Films and plays include: [Secret Project! (in development)], Hamish: The Movie, The Stornoway Way, Sweetness, The Callanish Stoned, Messenger in a Bottle.

Honours & Awards

Including writing residencies

Participant in Herald Angel Award winning Outriders Project (Scottish Government, Creative Scotland, Edinburgh International Book Festival), shortlisted for Saltire Fiction of the Year Award, J.B. Priestley Award, Writer in Residence, Shetland Isles, Writer in Residence, Ullapool Book Festival, Writing Residency at Palace Villa Concordia, Bamberg, Bavaria, Writer in Residence at International Festival of Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace, Hawthornden Fellowship, Millennium Quality Award in Special Recognition of achievements as Iain Crichton Smith Writing Fellow, Overall Winner, Tivoli Europa Giovani International Poetry Prize for best collection of poetry published in Europe by a young writer, invitation to meet the queen, inaugural recipient, the Iain Crichton Smith Bilingual Writing Fellowship (Writer in Residence for the Scottish Highlands).

Have performed own work (readings and/or with musical accompaniment) in many countries, including Colombia, USA, Japan, Ireland, Hungary, Italy, Argentina, etc, etc.


Other

Teaching, Cycling & Buddhism

Practising Buddhist (mainly trained in Zen and Chían, but familiar with other forms).

Have previously taught at the Universities of Edinburgh, Uppsala (as Writer in Residence) and Kingston (Honorary Writer in Residence) and as a guest reader/lecturer at universities in Japan, Malta, Ireland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, etc.

In-demand tutor and mentor for bodies such as the Scottish Book Trust, Moniack Mhor (Scotland's Writing Centre), etc. Have taught writing skills to care-experienced young adults, people suffering from mental health issues, high school students and prisoners. Have judged numerous literary awards including the Scottish Book Trust New Writers Awards, the Wigtown Poetry Prize and the Highland Book Prize.

Have performed own work (readings and/or with musical accompaniment) in many countries, including Colombia, USA, Japan, Ireland, Hungary, Italy, Argentina, etc, etc.

Physical activities include cycling and running. Have cycled many sportives on a fixed-gear (including Ride London, Le Classique Francais, Box Hill Sportive, Etape Caledonia, Pedal for Scotland, etc) and I ran the Stirling Marathon in under 4 hours; half-marathons include Edinburgh, Glasgow, Alloa, Richmond, etc.

Have written about physical activity for various media such as newspapers and magazines.