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       Here you can find information about my writing and other interests. Have a click around...


  • Long  time  no  update. . .

    Life has continued, as it does, despite the lack of updates to this website. There hasn't been a great deal to report: I'm occasionally writing, slowly finishing off a novel, having my scripts read at scratch nights arranged by the Eden Court Playwriting group. I'll be doing Camp Nanowrimo this April, working on a new full length stage play, but for now Spring Cleaning is in full force!
  • December !

    It was another busy November – although this year's Play Pieces Shorts was cancelled (may be back in spring 2015), but I did complete my 50K words for NaNoWriMo!
  • 5-min  theatre

    The National Theatre of Scotland is running a whole 24 hours of 5-minute plays on the topic of the independence referendum: The Great Yes, No, I Don't Know 5 Minute Theatre Show. And my A Sandwich for Scotland is in it! It was performed by Kenny McCallum at Eden Court at 7:50pm on 23rd June and streamed live online. It's all about a bacon roll...
  • New  play

    I wrote Lost Things for Inverness' Play Pieces Shorts new writing festival and it's top of the bill on 14th November. As writer-director, I'm now organising rehearsals and getting a little excited about it all...
  • Death  by  goat

    My play has played. It was a good evening and the audience enjoyed the mixture of plays. There are more details (including explaining the above title) on my blog.
  • Japan!

    I'm off to Japan at the start of July to give an invited lecture at the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Annual International Conference. It's in Osaka and I'll be talking about the ITTS Project in a session called "Meet the experts of e-health". Looking forward to visiting a completely new culture... plus sushi here I come!
  • Actors  and  theatres

    The excerpt from my play Possession was read and discussed by the National Theatre of Scotland actors and George Aza-Selinger, NTS's literary manager - and it was an extremely interesting experience. A new tone I'd not envisaged was given to the characters and I got great feedback, which will help me improve the play (and my ongoing writing too!). It was a great experience and I'd definitely recommend to any play writer having your work read aloud - it's scary but well worthwhile!
  • Phils  abound

    I attended the Two Phils' screenwriting weekend course in May - very interesting, loads of information and I met a great bunch of people. Recommended!
  • Freak  alert

    I've got the results for my Masters degree in Intelligent Systems - I got a Distinction and a 100% mark for my research project! Does this confirm my freak status?

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