About

Let me tell you a story...

I'm a Northern Irish, Glasgow-based writer and blogger with a passion for good books, good coffee, scented candles and learning languages. I took up French at the age of six, followed by Spanish at age twelve, and in June 2014 I was awarded a First Class MA in both languages from the University of St Andrews in Scotland.

So why am I not busy teaching or translating, I hear you ask? Because for as long as I can remember, writing is all I've ever wanted to do. Of course, I still love putting my language skills to good use, as well as finding new languages to learn (at present I'm stumbling my way through Russian and Finnish via a couple of apps), but what was so beautiful and enlightening about my university studies was realising that there is so much more to working with languages than teaching or interpreting - although I don't deny that these are both noble roles! Throughout my time in "The Bubble", I've had my eyes opened to books, poems, plays and films that I may never have otherwise discovered, and the inspiration they've given to some of my work has been invaluable. Translation Methodology taught me to treasure every word and its many little subtleties; group discussion seminars showed me how to look at themes and events from all sides; Spanish creative writing helped me develop a new spectrum of styles and registers to write in.

What I write often depends greatly on what mood I'm in. Rainy autumn nights tend to lend themselves to brooding, gothic verses, while sunny afternoons in coffee shops spark introspective short stories. In fact, the title that I've chosen for this site has already grown into a short fantasy tale, an extract of which is available to view on my Blog page.

And finally, before you go off to explore the written offerings of The Inkling's Quill, let me leave you with the immortal words of one of my literary idols, Neil Gaiman:

"Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten."