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I am a writer of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama (see appendix). I have also worked in film and radio. Some of my fiction and non-fiction work has been translated into Russian, and my plays have been performed in Scotland and Russia. I am a member of The Society of Authors in Scotland and co-founder of Moffat Book Events SCIO, a membership organization that has put on many literary events and international conferences since 2010.. With my friend Katya (Dr Ek. Genieva, director of the Library for Foreign Literature in Moscow) we conceived ‘After Lermontov’ (Carcanet Press 2014) featuring new translations by Scottish poets for Lermontov 200.GYRE, a Moffat-based creative partnership collaborating with practitioners in disciplines such as music, dance, theatre, politics and philosophy to reassess and celebrate our lives today through the arts.
Publications include: Focus on Russian and the Republics (Evans 1996)
Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan (Watts/Aladdin Books 1992) - selected for Book Trust's Children's Books of the Year
Christianity for the Twentyfirst Century - the Life and Work of Alexander Men’ (with Ann Shukman, SCM Press 1996); the Xenophobe’s Guide to the Russians (Ravette 1995); Strong Enough For Two (Piccadilly Press 1994); The New Europe (Gloucester 1993)
‘Sitka Spruce’ for Sage Press (March 2002). Poems published in Lanark Writers' Group's 'Again October'.
I began my working life as a journalist with Thomson Newspapers, first as a reporter on the South Wales Echo, then, after a brief spell as a general reporter for independently-owned The American (a weekly in London), then as Women's Editor of the Watford Evening Echo and then as a staff reporter/feature writer on the Sunday Times. A 50-minute video ‘Sitka Spruce: Scotland’s No. 1 Timber Tree’ to which I contributed footage, research and script, was launched in September 2002 by Rosebank Productions. My adaptation with director Mark Rozovsky of T.S. Eliot’s ‘Murder in the Cathedral’ 'A Russian Rehearsal', commissioned by Donald Smith of The Netherbow/Story-Telling Centre in Edinburgh is in repertory in Moscow at the State Theatre ‘At the Nikitsky Gates’.