I’m a Scottish writer, actor and theatre director who’s been living and working in Malta since 2008. I’ve written and published two novels: Duende (available on Amazon) and Vandalism (Merlin Publishers 2015).
Vandalism was shortlisted for a National Book Prize 2016 by the National Council of Books Malta. It is the story of a young woman, Moira, whose best friend is dying of breast cancer when a man from her past reappears in her life. It’s available in bookshops across Malta, at Waterstones Byres Rd Glasgow, and also on Amazon.
I was invited to do an Author’s Evening at Waterstones Glasgow in June 2017:
Duende is set in Spain during the period leading up to the Spanish Civil War. It focuses on the lives of two gay men, Nayo (an artist) and José (a philosopher), and includes some real-life figures within the story: Salvador Dalí, Ortega y Gasset, and Federico García Lorca who becomes a friend to the two main characters.
Duende is currently housed at the Fundación García Lorca at the request of Lorca’s niece.
I taught theatre for 14 years in UK universities but then got fed up with academia so came to Malta to focus on my artistic career. As well as writing, I’ve also performed in various theatre productions, including Attempts on her Life by Martin Crimp, Blood Wedding by Lorca, The Seduction of Almighty God by Howard Brenton, and The Sex Comedies by Iain Heggie. I’ve also done direction work on The Maids by Jean Genet, Six Characters in Search of an Author by Pirandello, The Bacchae (adapted by David Greig) and Edward Bond’s Olly’s Prison.
This year, I was selected to write a one-act play to be performed as part of the programme of events for Valletta European Capital of Culture 2018.
I love theatre, I love writing, I love writing and I love life!