I have a passion for stories that matter, a passion that I explore in my research life and share in my life as storyteller, fiction writer and story coach.
I am a lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, with an interest in how people use stories to make everyday ethical decisions. I have taught a post-graduate workshop on the use of arts-informed methods to students in the social sciences. I also guest lecture on storytelling on the MSc in Science Communication and on using stories to facilitate personal development through Outdoor Education.
I am currently Storyteller in Residence to the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, where I use storytelling to help visitors connect more deeply to the animals at the zoo and to conservation messages. I also train their staff and volunteers in story-crafting and storytelling skills.
I’ve been writing since I was a teenager and I’ve been teaching creative writing since 2000. My first novel for children, How to Make a Golem (and Terrify People), won the Kelpies Prize and was published by Floris Books in 2011.How to Make a Golem was crafted to share my research findings with children.