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Originally from Edinburgh, I am a twenty-one-year-old writer and poet interested in ideas of belonging, sexuality and dystopia.
Winner of the Penguin Platform spoken word competition (July 2019) Winner of the Hammer and Tongue National Team Slam Final at the Royal Albert Hall (June 2019) Two-time UniSlam winner (January 2018, February 2019) Represented the UK at the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational in Chicago (April 2017) Winner of Most Outstanding Pupil at the Shine School Media Awards (2016) Shortlisted for the BBC Young Writers’ Award (2015) Three times winner of the Scottish Book Trust’s 50 Word Fiction competition (2014-15)
Current roles and projects
Publications and recordings:
Two of my poems are in Porridge Magazine’s fourth issue, available here Together with my poetry collective, Second City Poets, I cowrote Playground, the text version of our spoken word show. Copies are available at the Verve Poetry Press. My Newspeak poem, ‘sexcrime’ features at the end of Hannah Swingler’s debut collection, . This Dress Has Pockets In December 2018 I joined Mike Alma and Joe Cook on Brum Radio Poets, hosted by Rick Sanders. We each shared and discussed some of our poems in what was a really enjoyable hour. In May 2018 I was lucky enough to be interviewed by the lovely Adrian Earle for the Verse First Poetry Podcast. I also got the chance to have three of my poems professionally recorded and sound designed. My short story ‘Fang Town’ featured in Ambit 230. In 2015 I was shortlisted for the BBC Young Writers’ Award. I don’t really like my story very much anymore because I feel like I’m a completely different writer to the one I was three years ago, but here it is if you’re interested.
BA English and Creative Writing with First Class Honours, Cum Laude – University of Birmingham (2016 – 2019)