I am a fiction writer, the Fiction Editor of Waxwing Magazineteacher and journalism trainer based on the Isle of Mull in Scotland. For fifteen years, I was a freelance journalist based in Senegal, west Africa, where I wrote for the BBCThe Guardian, the Sunday Times, and others. Now I train journalists for the Thomson Reuters Foundation around Africa and am writing my first book, Homescar, a collection of short stories set on an island, which won the Larry Levis Fellowship for Fiction in 2017.

I am also a volunteer member of the Tobermory Lifeboat (RNLI) crew, which rescues people in trouble at sea.