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'We tell ourselves stories in order to live'  Joan Didion

Writing from memory is both a joy and a source of great frustration.

 

Like all writers I am drawn to tell a story, in this case, it is my own story. I can’t say why this is the project that intrigues me, this idea of ‘living autobiography’ as Deborah Levy calls it. Why do I want to examine the past, hold it up to the scrutiny of language? What truth (and lies) do these stories reflect? That these memories are unreliable I have no doubt, but how to honour their fallibility while creating art in the most honest way possible?

Every writer has a voice and an individual writing fingerprint. There are themes that I return to often: being African and a woman, being adopted, growing up in apartheid in South Africa, being an immigrant artist and the relationship between Johannesburg, where I was born and Glasgow, my own adopted city.

I trust that there is something unique enough in my own experience to turn into a piece of writing that others would like to read.

 

current projects

 

  • ‘Her Blue Eye, Mine' -  A memoir exploring being adopted and growing up in apartheid South Africa

  • ​'States of Emergency' - Collection of  pieces set in South Africa, 1985-1990

workshops (details on blog)

  • The Writer's Kitchen - Writing about food and memory with a local chef

  • Memories into Memoir - Collaborative writing workshops in the Autumn to encourage writing from memory

 

awards

  • 2019                        Fish Memoir Prize, shortlisted

  •  2015                       Scottish Book Trust Next Chapter Award shortlist​

  •  2007                      Scottish Arts Council New Writer’s Award

  •  2006                      Penguin Decibel Fiction Prize shortlist for ‘Meatloaf’

  • 1999                       First prize East Dunbartonshire Poetry Competition ‘Travel notes, going North'            

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