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Awards, Residencies & Readings:

  • Writing Award from Argyll & Bute Council.



  • Mslexia- two poems shortlisted for the annual competition judged by Ruth Padel in June 2009.



  • PK Poetry Award Nomination: from Red Squirrel Press, August 2011.

  • Filmpoem collaboration: titled Mothlight・with filmmaker Alastair Cook, November 2011.



  • Dark & Horror: The Sinister Poetry Award Winner for 'The Spell', October 2012.

  • Write Queer London 2012: Shortlisted for the award.

  • Museum of St. Andrews/StAnza Competition: my winning poem Pucara Bull・is displayed next to the artifact in the Museum of St. Andrews.

  • Lancelot Andrewes Award 2012- Journeys through Fire: Shortlisted for the award by current poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

  • Filmpoem collaboration: titled On Meeting a Fox・with filmmaker Iwona Jankowska, June 2013 screened at Dunbar Filmpoem Festival, August 2013.

  • The Written Image: Poets and Printmakers collaboration, selected by the Scottish Poetry Library, worked with Catherine Sergeant on a piece 'Angel of The Pier', Summer 2013.

  • On Meeting a Fox・was officially selected for screening at The Visible Verse Festival, Canada October 2013.

  • StAnza Digital Slam: Shortlisted for the award, and received third prize 2013.

  • Video Interview at Neu Reekie filmed by Summerhall T.V: January 2014.

  • For Books' Sake Article '10 Reasons to Love Janette Ayachi': May 2014.

  • Auld Enemies Tour:  Collaboration with Rob A Mackenzie - 'Everything Is Diminished Without You In It' performed at Summerhall, July 2014.

  • Winner of The Young Enigma Awards for emerging LGBT Writers- The Barbara Burford Prize, Manchester 2014.

  • Photoshoot for The Herald on Sunday- New Scottish Voices: October 2014.

  • StAnza Poetry Festival, St Andrews, poetry performance with a music ensemble, the Viridian Quartet: March 2015.


  • An Evening with Paul Henry and Janette Ayachi, Regional voice Theatre, Birmingham: March 2015.

  • Anywhere But The Cities: joined The Neu Reekie Tour: performance in Whisky Distillery, Aberfeldy, July 2015.

  • Winner of Digital Poet in Residence with The Poetry School, London, August 2015.

  • Edinburgh International Book Festival reading and signing, August 2015.

  • Reading @ The Arts Complex, Shapes That Shift Desire, October 2015.

  • The Skinny 10th Birthday Party, poetry reading at The Mash House: Edinburgh, October 2015.

  • Filmpoem selected and being screened at The Gather Film Festival, Edinburgh University, February 2016.


  • Collaboration, Commission and Performance for StAnza: St Andrews, March 2016.



  • Performance for Neu Reekie at The School of Art: Glasgow, March 2016.

  • Live Reading on  BBC Radio Scotland, talking to Janice Forsyth on the Culture Show, June 2016.

  • 'Moonshine Wars': Reading at Otherworld Bookshop for an ESBAT Collective Launch, August 6th 2016.

  • Edinburgh International Book Festival Reading, Garden Theatre,18th August 2016.

  • Commissioned poem 'Sauchiehall Street' for Scotia Extremis'.

  • Second Space Reading @ The Safari Lounge, hosted by Nick-e Melville,  27th August 2016.



  • Sketchy Beats Special Guest, Leith, 20th September 2016.

  • Reading @ The Mousetrap for Girl Crush *2, 22nd September 2016.

  • Reading @ Serenity Cafe LGBT Awareness, 23rd September 2016.

  • Old Town Bookshop Reading, 'Underground City', hosted by MacGillivray, 28th September 2016.

  • Book Week Reading @ The Melting Pot, 25th November 2016.

  • Live on Janice Forsyth Culture Show BBC Radio Scotland, reviewing Carrie Fisher's Memoir, Glasgow Panto and Edinburgh Culture, 29th November 2016.

  • Winter Concert, Reading from children's book 'The Mermaid, The Girl and The Gondola', 10th December 2016.

  • Headlining Sonnet Youth, Drygate Brewery Glasgow, 21st December 2016.

  • Edinburgh Hogmanay Lowlands tribute to Sorley Maclean reading Edwin Morgan @ The Roxy Theatre, Neu Reekie programme, 1st January 2017.

  • Against Xenophobia: One Night Without Us, reading @The Fruitmarket Gallery, February 2017.

  • StAnza Reading, Town Hall St. Andrews, 2nd March 2017.

  • International Women's Day performance, 8th March Glasgow 2017.

  • BBC Radio Scotland: Live on Janice Forsyth Show reviewing Goldfrapp's new album, and pilots of shows 'The Good Fight' and 'Decline and Fall'.

  • 'Presence and Absence' collaboration with artist Anneli Holmstrom for her solo show @Summerhall, May 2017.

  • Sofar Sounds, Edinburgh - Scottish Poetry Library recorded live performance, September 2017.

  • Conversations On A Bench, Overtone Productions radio documentary programme poetry commission for BBC Radio 4, October 2017 – release date November 2017.

  • Burns Supper reading: Prep Table, Greyfriars, January 2018.



  • Sofar Sounds, Live Recording, Beetroot Sauvage, 26th August, Edinburgh 2018.



  • ‘Silvana’ (Director: Olivia Kastebring) Reading after Screening @The Filmhouse, Take One Action Film Festival Event, September 14th 2018.



  • Performing for vaRIOTy }LGBT History Month, Fruitmarket Gallery, February 15th 2019.



  • Performing for Loud Poets, Scottish Storytelling Centre, February 15th 2019.



  • Feminist Art Show, Performance, Glasgow Art School, March 1st 2019.



  • Scottish & Irish Poets On Tour, Performance at Scottish Poetry Library, March 13th 2019.



  • Dublin UNESCO St Patrick's Festival, Performance, Temple Bar Dublin, March 18th 2019.



  • Guest Support to Imogen Stirling’s Book Launch, Inn Deep Glasgow, March 26th.



  • BBC Radio Scotland, Live on The Afternoon Show, reviewing Matilda @The Playhouse, Jeff Kinney's new book and The Edinburgh Science Festival, April 2019.



  • Filming with BBC Scotland for new television Arts Show Loop, April 10th 2019 ‘Find The Right Words’ featured in Episode One.



  • Book Launch Hand Over Mouth Music Liverpool Arts Library, Pavilion, Liverpool University Press, May 1st 2019.



  • Poem selected for The Scotsman (Books Pages) Saturday 15th June 2019.



  • Book Launch Hand Over Mouth Music, Scottish Poetry Library, June 2019.



  • Edinburgh International Book Festival, Motherhood, reading poetry with Clare Pollard and Liz Berry, August 16th 2019.



  • Vespers, event reading at the Scottish Poetry Library, September 2019.



  • ‘The Writer’s Shift’ residency at The Fruitmarket with Tom Pow, Iain Morrison, Callie Gardner and Jane Goldman - 10 months working with archives and collaboration 2019-2020.




  • Book Week Scotland, reading at a residency event with The Fruitmarket Art Gallery, November 2019.



  • Hand Over Mouth Music  (Pavilion) winner of  The Saltire Poetry Book of the Year Award 2019**



  • Live BBC radio appearance; Saltire Award chat, The Afternoon Show, 3rd December 2019.



  • Live BBC radio appearance; favourite classic Christmas book reviews, The Afternoon Show, 18th December 2019.



  • Guest appearance on live spoken word album produced by Leyla Josephine, 22nd January 2020, Glasgow.


  • WENCH: International Women's Day, poetry reading with Iona Lee and others, The Waverly; March 8th 2020.

  • Panel Discussion, w/ agent Jenny Brown and editor Robbie Guillory at The Mitchell Library, Glasgow Ayewrite Festival, 20th March 2020.

  • The Writer's Shift event, The Fruitmarket Art Gallery, 31st March 2020.

  • Coasts and Cocktails; Edinburgh International Science Festival Poetry Reading with Michael Pederson, April 8th 2020.


  • BEST Scottish Poems 2019 Anthology features 'New Mother' in The Scottish Poetry Library collection, May 2020.


  • Art Collaboration (New Normal commissions) with visual artist Anneli Holmstrom, installed at Black Box Galleries, Vaasa, Finland, August 6th-21st 2020.


  • BBC Scotland Television, The Edinburgh Show, interview & reading, 8.30pm, 13th August 2020 (bbc iplayer for 28 days).


  • Queer Fringe Festival, online, August 30th 2020.


  • Edinburgh International Book Festival, panel discussion & reading online, August 31st 2020. 


  • Feature Poet - Poetry Asheville, North Carolina (online), September 9th 2020.  Watch.  

  •  BBC Television Show, Damian Barr’s The Big Scottish Book Club filming, October 6th 2020.

  •  The Beautiful Wave, Performance Art Tour Readings, The Shore, Edinburgh, 17th October 2020.

  • St. Mungo's Mirrorball, Glasgow, Guest Poet (online) 24th October 2020.


  • Neu Reekie Burns Night Special Film, headlined poet, Burns & Beyond Event,  January 26th 2021.


  • Paisley Book Festival virtual event reading with Selena Godden, February 26th 2021.


  • School’s Almost Out! Celebrate Pride! Educational Insitute of Scotland (EIS) virtual event, June 17th 2021.


  • BBC Radio Scotland Interview, Best Scottish Poems 2020 review as Guest Editor, July 2021 (Colin Waters spokesperson)


  • The Loud Poets, The Scottish Storytelling Centre, 26th August 2021.


Print Journals:


New Writing Scotland #29 August 2011.

New Voices Press, Shorelines. Federation of Writers, Scotland. December 2012.

Journeys through Fire, Southwark Cathedral (ed.Carol Ann Duffy) November 2012.

Together, Apart. Second Story Press, Toronto Summer 2013. (Essay: A Roof of One’s Own)

Final Chapters, Dying Matter Coalition Anthology: Jessica Kingsley Publishers London, October 2013.

Split Screen Anthology II. (Commissioned poem) Red Squirrel Press, 2014.
Updo Anthology of Women's Fiction, Spider Road Press, Texas, U.S, February 2014.

Be The First to Like This: New Scottish Poetry. Vagabond Voices Press, Edinburgh 2014.

Out There: Anthology of LGBT Writers, Freight Press, Glasgow, 2014.

SPOKE: New Queer Voices Anthology, Manchester 2014.

The Wait Anthology- Cancer Research, Glasgow, 2014.

The Best British Poetry Anthology 2015, Salt Press, London.

Dear Watson: The Very Elements of Poetry, Beautiful Dragons Press, Berlin 2015.

Neu Reekie: Going For Gold Anthology, Polygon, Edinburgh 2016.

Umbrellas of Edinburgh: poetry and prose from Scotland's capital city, Freight 2016.

Not a Drop: Just Oceans of Poetry, Beautiful Dragons Press, Berlin 2016.

Writing Motherhood Anthology, Seren Press, Wales 2017.

Troubadour, Picaroon Poetry, England June 2017.

Poetry and Art Inspired by the Novels of Muriel Spark, Blue Diode Press 2018.

Scotia Extremis, Luath Press 2019.

Modern Scottish Poets anthology, University of Toulouse, 'Princes Street Gardens' poem translated into French, 2020.

'Scottish Poets' internationally published by Vakrxikon in Greece and translated into Greek, 2020.

Scotland After The Virus Anthology, ed. Gerry Hassan, Luath press, November 2020.

Contemporary Women’s Writing, Why I Choose Poetry, Oxford University Press, February 2021.

Edinburgh Park Art Book, Street Names, April 2021.

 Print Journals:

The Edinburgh Review #117, El Otro Lado, July 2006.
The Leither, March 2007. Features Article.
Velvet, November 2009.
The Red Wheelbarrow, (University of St. Andrews) 2010.
Poetry Salzburg Review (University of Salzburg) 2010.
Gutter #4, February 2011.
Drey #2, August 2011.
The French Literary Review, September 2011.
Poetry Scotland, Autumn 2011.
The Istanbul Review, August 2012.
Orbis #157, November 2011.
The New Writer, August 2012.
The Journal #36, February 2012.
Pushing Out The Boat, May 2012.
Southlight 11, May 2012.
Agenda Celtic Mists, September 2012.
The Stirling Collective (University of Stirling)  2012.
Ariadne's Thread Journal, October 2012.
The Poetry Box Horror & Dark Poetry Magazine 2012.
Lighthouse, Gatehouse Press, May 2013.
Gutter #9, July 2013.
Sacred/Profane, January 2014.
Gutter #11, July 2014.
Oxford Poetry, Summer Issue 2014.
Ars Medica Journal, Vancouver, Summer 2014.
Magma, London, Summer 2015.
Artificial Womb, Dundee- Spring 2016.
The London Reader, March 2018.

The London Reader, June 2019.

The Poetry Review, Spring 2020 (HOMM book review)

Poetry London, Spring 2020 (HOMM book review)

Driech magazine, July 2020.

Online magazines & Podcasts:

Ofi Press Mexico, (Mexico) September 2011.

Ink, Sweat, and Tears, (England) November 2011.

The Lampeter Review #4, (University of Wales) January 2012.

New Linear Perspectives, (Scotland)  Poetry and Travel Piece- February and June 2012.


The Cadaverine, (England) June 2012.


Underground Voices (California) April 2012.

ken*again, (New York) -Poetry and Short Story- July 2012.


Friction Magazine (University of Newcastle) June 2012.

Danse Macabre (Las Vegas) September 2012.

sacred / profane (Australia) March 2013.

Literary Mama (Berkeley, California) January 2013.

Women's Press Blog (California) February 2013.

Writers for Libraries (Aberdeen) February 2013.

Inky Needles (Poetry, Politics & Philosophy) (London) January 2013.

White Coffee Magazine (Maine) poetry/photography collaboration. January 2013.

The Baltimore Review: Filmpoem collaboration: January 2014.

Stirling Council Poet of the Month: January 2014.

The Irish Literary Review: February 2014.

Scottish Book Trust blog piece A.M Muses: Finding Time to Write as a Single-Mother – February 2017.

The Literateur: March 2017.

The High Window: March 2017.

Hakara: a journal of bi-lingual expression, Essay on Memory, 2017.

Lies, Dreaming Podcast, audio set, December 2017.

Words Without Borders; May 2020.

From the Front Lines, Scottish Poetry Library, May 2020.

Bella Caledonia, Poem Of The Week , January 2021.


Pushing Out The Boat, podcast performance, January 2021.

Mediterranean Poetry: an odyssey through a mediterranean world - an international online anthology,  March 2021.

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