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

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 South Africa, and the relationship between Johannesburg, where I was born and Glasgow, my adopted city. I am also interested in how we can use our creative practice to process grief, loss and trauma.

 

current projects

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

  • ​ MFA University of Glasgow - 'Museum of Love & Loss: a zuihitsu'  - a hybrid exploration of grief

workshops (details on blog)

  • Writing workshop at Art4U, Killearn, starting Jan 2024

  • The Writer's Kitchen - Writing about food and memory

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

 

awards

  • 2022                   Fish Memoir Prize, shortlisted

  • 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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