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My fantasy adventure novel The Sea Lord’s Curse was selected for the Undiscovered Voices 2020 anthology, won Skylark Literary’s Marvellous Middle-Grade competition and was longlisted for the WriteMentor Children’s Novel Competition.

1860s Glasgow might be a grimy, industrial town but nobody minds a bit of dirt when there’s magic in your mud. Thanks to an abundance of glaar marshes and its powerful magic-collectors club, the city lies at the very heart of northern magic. Such magical wealth, of course, attracts thieves and amongst the best, are 13-year-old William and Kern.

When the pair steal the infamous Sea Lord’s Map for their criminal boss, they are sent on a deadly treasure hunt with only a crew of motley criminals to help. To make matters worse, their apprenticeship is drawing to an end and this hunt will decide which of them remains in the gang. A grisly fate awaits the loser. Swearing to stay loyal to each other despite the deadly competition, the best friends initially work together as they face an array of magical foes. With time running out, however, they must find a way to escape or be forced to face each other.

Screenwriting

My feature-length screenplays have been funded and developed by a range of companies including DNA Films, BBC Films, Moonstone Screenwriters Lab, Scottish Screen, BBC Scotland and The Glasgow Film Office. I’ve written the screenplays for numerous short films (which I also directed). Prizes for these include:

Best Short Film Director – BAFTA Scotland
Best Short Film – Chicago International Children’s Film Festival
Best Short Film – Celtic Film Festival
Best Short Film -Toronto Film Festival for Children
Best Short Film – Cinemagic Film Festival, Belfast
Best Short Film – Dahlonega Film Festival
Nominated – ‘Best Screenplay’ & ‘Best Performance’ BAFTA Scotland
Winner-TAPS new writers awards – best short film.

Broadcasts include BBC1, SVT Sweden, Scottish Television, and Film Four.

For a more detailed history of my film and television work, you can view my CV.

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