About

Originally from Edinburgh, I am a twenty-one-year-old writer and poet interested in ideas of belonging, sexuality and dystopia.

Awards

  • 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)
  • Short story ‘Fang Town’ published in Ambit 230 (August 2017)
  • 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

  • Founding member of the Second City Poets collective. We’re performing our show Playground at the Scottish Poetry Library during the Edinburgh Fringe. Tickets available here!
  • Front of House Assistant at the Edinburgh Book Festival
  • Midlands Spoken Word Editor for Sabotage Reviews
  • Freelance editor with Editana

Publications and recordings:

  • Together with my poetry collective, Second City Poets, I cowrote Playground, the text version of our spoken word show. Copies will be available at our Edinburgh Fringe performances, and will soon be released for general purchase.
  • 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.

Education

  • BA English and Creative Writing with First Class Honours, Cum Laude
    – University of Birmingham (2016 – 2019)