I am a fiction and creative non-fiction writer and I live in Edinburgh. The focus of much of my writing is migration, social history and remembrance. I am also the Community Writer in Residence for The Edinburgh International Book Festival’s Citizen Project.
My novel The Tin-Kin (Duckworth, 2009), is a fictionalised family story about three generations of Scottish Travellers, moving off the road and chaotically adapting to life in the town. An early chapter won the 2007 New Writing Ventures Award for Fiction, and the book went on to win the Saltire First Book of the Year Award in 2010. I was also featured on BBC TV’S The Culture Show as one the year’s best new novelists.
After my first child was born, I began researching and writing a book based on my maternal grandmother Dora Tannenbaum, who settled in North East Scotland after being exiled from Germany in 1939.
My youngest child was born in 2014. She has an undiagnosed condition that affects her mobility, so my writing life has gradually adapted to fit around my role as her carer. Stories, ideas and research questions have come back into focus, and I completed a PhD in creative writing in 2018.