Press and Awards

AWARDS

The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing was Goldsboro Books August Book of the Month 2019.

The Other Mrs Walker was Waterstones Scottish Book of the Year 2017. 

I was Highly Commended as a Rising Star in the DIVA Literary Awards  and Shortlisted as a Breakthrough Author in the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards 2017.

In 2016 I was named an Amazon Rising Star, and in 2013 I won the Literature Works First Page Prize for the opening of The Other Mrs Walker.

In 2009 I won the Curtis Brown Prize for Fiction and was runner up in the Sceptre Prize for a novel in progress. I was shortlisted for the Daily Telegraph Novel in a Year in 2007, and awarded a Scottish Arts Council Writers Award in 2006.

My short fiction has been longlisted for the Bristol Short Story Prize 

 

PRESS

Guardian Review – in 2019 I was named as one of Val McDermid’s ten most compelling LGBTQI+ writers working in the UK today.

Times and Sunday Times Crime Club – The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing was a September 2019 pick.

Guardian Weekend Magazine – The Curious Case of Mr Lobban is a feature article I wrote about those who die with no next of kin.

DIVA Magazine – an interview about me and The Other Mrs Walker to mark the DIVA Literary Awards.

The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday and the Edinburgh Evening News – this article appeared in all three papers and looks at the genesis of The Other Mrs Walker.

The Scotsman – The Write Stuff column featured extracts from both The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing and The Other Mrs Walker.

 

BLOGS, PODCASTS etc

National Centre for Writing podcast – Val McDermid discusses her selection of ten compelling LGBTQI+ writers with Guardian Books Online Editor, Sian Cain (my work at 16mins15secs).

National Centre for Writing Livestream – I was one of three writers interviewed by Val McDermid for the LGBTQI+ Literature Showcase launch event.

Waterstones Blog – I selected the Best Books for Remembrance Sunday in November 2019.

Also in 2019 I was Author in the Spotlight for ShotsMag and I wrote about the genesis of The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing for Crime Time. Solomon Farthing also featured in Book Break on YouTube as a Cosy Autumn Read (at 3mins30secs).

In 2017 The Other Mrs Walker featured in the Top Shop blog and I did an exclusive Q&A for Waterstones

In 2016 Portobello Book Blog made me their Author in the Spotlight, I chatted to Liz Loves Books about crime fiction, and spoke about my writing process to There’s Been A Murder.

Also in 2016, I selected my Top Ten Scottish Books for Books from Scotland; Stellar Quines Theatre Company made me their Quine of the Month where I reflected on female writers and the various jobs I have done over the years; and I wrote about Point of View for Books by Women.

 

RADIO

BBC Radio 4’s Front Row – I talked all things foxes in literature with Kirsty Lang from the 2019 Edinburgh Festival, alongside the icon that is Basil Brush.

BBC Radio Norfolk – I discussed letters from WW1 written by my Great Great Uncle Percy Vere Stone to mark Remembrance Sunday 2019.

BBC Radio Scotland’s Afternoon Show with Grant Stott – I appeared in September 2019 to chat about, and read from, The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing.

BBC Radio Scotland  – I joined a panel on Winter Weekend with Edi Stark in 2018 to talk about The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. In 2016 I appeared on the Janice Forsyth Show talking about The Other Mrs Walker, and on Sunday Morning With… Richard Holloway discussing indigent funerals.