Author, Leaving is My Colour/ (Freight, 2017)




PhD Thesis, University of Glasgow: Wake Me When It’s Over and Will the Real Scarlett O’Hara Please Stand Up: a critical meditation on creative study:

This thesis demonstrates, pragmatically rather than theoretically, that perceived dissonances between the critical and creative elements of postgraduate study in Creative Writing need not alienate the creative practitioner. To exemplify the opportunities faced by student writers, this thesis comprises two elements: a novel, Wake Me When It’s Over, and a critical narrative, Will the Real Scarlett O’Hara Please Stand Up: A Critical Meditation on Creative Study. Together these elements emphasize the importance of creative discovery while embracing the indispensable benefits of rigorous critical exploration. Wake Me When It’s Over is an American picaresque novel in which the main character, Rachel Bennett, takes to the road with a death wish and an unhealthy fixation on an incomplete collection of state spoons. Along the way Rachel examines the clichés and normative values that form the bedrock of her self-perception and finds that her will to destruction may be the very thing that saves her life. Will the Real Scarlett O’Hara Please Stand Up: A Critical Meditation on Creative Study continues this theme with Rachel’s help. A tribute to Hunter S. Thompson and Lewis Carroll, this Gonzo-through-the-looking-glass critical narrative combines homage, parody, satire and humour to illuminate the relationship between the critical and creative, to dispel misconceptions about the writing life, and to examine ways that these myths manifest on the page and in the classroom.


50 Stories for Pakistan

Biscuit Short Story Winners’ Anthology 2009

QWF, Quality Women’s Fiction

Let’s Pretend (InFidelity) Anthology

Green Muse

Unbound Press

Nonfiction Publications Online

Too many to count – ghostwritten articles and blogs

Wandering Around and Found (Cullman, Alabama: Hubert Richter Chapel)

Mulberry Fork Review (Book Review – Helen Fitzgerald: The Exit)

Six Questions For… (Interview)

Metazan (Self-Interview)

Fiction Publications Online

Cleaver Magazine (Hunger)

Ink, Sweat, and Tears (Remembrance of Things Past)

Melancholy Hyperbole (Mushroomed)

Leaves of Ink (The Devil Knows How to Row)

Smashed Cat Magazine (Everything I’d Never Know)

Fiction on the Web (Math is Funny)

971 Menu 

From Glasgow to Saturn (Go Forth and Prosper)


Fox Chase Review 

Dew on the Kudzu (Close Shave)

Clapboard House

Brown Williams Journal (Vows)

Short, Fast, and Deadly (The Barking Lily)

The Legendary (Maison des Reptiles)

Fiction at Work

Appearance / Performance / Reading

March 17, 2012 – Aye Write Festival / Sceptre Prize Presentation / Glasgow

August 15, 2011 – Edinburgh International Book Festival / Gutter Unbound Event

July 20, 2011 – The Golden Hour / Edinburgh / The Forest

May 6, 2011 – Reading the Leaves / Glasgow / Tchai Ovna

April 19, 2011 – University of GlasgowAnatomyMuseum / Glasgow / Spilling Ink: Volume 1 Launch Party

April 10, 2011 – The Arches / Glasgow / Words Per Minute

April 8, 2011 – Hetherington Club / University of Glasgow / Hosted by Louise Welsh

February 15, 2011 – National Library of Scotland / Gutter’s Alternative Valentine’s Day / Hosted by Adrian Searle

November 6, 2010 – Tramway Theatre, Glasgow / Unlacing Orlando: Virginia Woolf Symposium

August 26, 2010 – Edinburgh International Book Festival / Dragon’s Pen Event

March 23, 2010 – Glasgow International Comedy Festival / The Arches / Discombobulate

October 14, 2009 – Glasgow Women’s Library / Experience Counts

August 26, 2009 – Edinburgh International Book Festival / New Talent

May 27, 2009 – Triangle Reading Event/Launch / Brown Williams Journal

September 24, 2008 – Creative Writing Reading Party Post Induction


2011 – PhD Creative Writing, University of Glasgow

2004 – BA English, University of Alabama at Birmingham

2004 – BA Philosophy, University of Alabama at Birmingham

1988 – Advanced Academic Diploma, Cullman High School


June, 2012 – International Creative Writing Conference: Great Writing: 2012, ImperialCollege – accepted, didn’t attend.

April, 2010 – Creating Friction: An Interdisciplinary Creative-Practice Postgraduate Conference, NewcastleUniversity – accepted, didn’t attend.

June, 2010 – 13th Annual International Creative Writing Conference: Great Writing 2010, BangorUniversity – accepted, didn’t attend.

Teaching Experience

2008 – 2009 – University of Glasgow Undergraduate Creative Writing Workshop

Editorial Experience

October 2020 to Present – Managing Editor, The Dillydoun Review

December 2013 to 2019 (ish?) – Managing Editor, Mulberry Fork Review 

November, 2012 – Editor, The Last Word, Unbound Press and Spilling Ink Review Anthology

November, 2011 – Editor, Story.Book, Unbound Press and Spilling Ink Review Anthology

April, 2011 – Editor, Spilling Ink: Volume 1Spilling Ink Review Anthology

November, 2010 – Co-Editor, By Invitation Only: Short Story Collection, Unbound Press

September, 2010 – Co-Editor,  50 Stories for Pakistan

May, 2010 – 2012 – Head Editor, Spilling Ink Review

January, 2010  – Co-Editor, 100 Stories for Haiti

January, 2009 – Editor of an anthology of poetry and prose by current University of Glasgow students

August, 2007 – Proofreader, Master’s Thesis on Effects of Facial Tissue After Acupuncture

January, 2007 – Ghostwriting anonymously / novel later published

January, 2007 – Editing/Private tutor

Literary Competition Results

Shortlisted Meridian Winter Writing Competition 2010

Runner-up Biscuit Flash Fiction Competition 2009

Hosted / Managed / Served as Judge – Literary Competitions

Spilling Ink Review 2009 – 2012 Competitions

Unbound Press 2009 – 2012 Competitions

Assistant Judge East Ayrshire Book Festival Fiction Competition