This gun for hire

After twelve years with The Scotsman Publications in a variety of roles, I am now freelance and keen to find new outlets. In other words: will work for money.

I have more than 30 years combined experience in book publishing and journalism (feature writing, as well as running magazines). In-depth interviews across the arts and culture sector are a specialty. There is a wonky (it’s the Scotsman, not me) online portfolio of my work at, in folders marked Everyone I’ve Interviewed, and Some Newspaper Columns.  In 2011 I was part of the 26 Treasures project at the National Museum of Scotland, where I have also contributed to exhibit-specific podcasts.

I have been a repeat guest on BBC Radio Scotland, talking about everything from Audrey Hepburn’s sartorial legacy (Janice Forsyth’s Movie Café) to smelly co-workers (Fred MacAuley Show). I regularly chair at book festivals in Edinburgh, Wigtown, Melrose, and beyond, conduct bookstore Q&As , and have interviewed Rob Brydon and David Sedaris on stage at the Traverse and Tron Theatres, respectively.  I’ve even done the voice-over for a short film made by Mark Cousins, for the handbag designer Catherine Aitken.

Recent gigs included handling the social media for a small business in Edinburgh, and I would be keen to find more clients keen to outsource these duties.

I am the programmer for Granite Noir, Aberdeen’s first crime fiction festival, which debuted in 2017 and returns in 2018.

Dual citizen (UK/US).

If you think I’d be right for your project, please get in touch:


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