I come from Fair Isle, a small island in the far north of Scotland. 


A lucky chance to study Russian as a teenager in Shetland led to a life-long passion for Russian language and culture. You can read about this in an article for the New Shetlander

Particular interests: 
Land reform, eastern Europe, Scottish & Russian history, science & ecology, environmental threats, travel writing, architecture, theatre, folk music, politics, 'slow' radio, documentaries. 

CV summary


- Alfa Fellowship participant, Moscow; 2021-2022
- Journalist, BBC Scotland; 2018-2021 ​

- Journalist, MDR, Leipzig (IJP intern); 2019

- Reporter, Stranraer & Wigtownshire Free Press; 2017-2018 

- Freelance; 2015-2017 (copywriting for Film & Campaign Ltd, published in the New Statesman, Open Democracy, The National, The Ecologist, Bella Caledonia)

- Reporter, CommonSpace, Glasgow; 2015-16 

- Scotland campaigner, 38 Degrees, London; 2014-15 


- Bakala Journalism Bootcamp, Prague - August 2017

- City of Liverpool College — January-July 2017

   Diploma, National Council for the Training of Journalists.

- University of Edinburgh, 2013-2015

   Sociology MRes (Postgraduate General Certificate: Pass) 

- University of Edinburgh, 2007-2012

   MA (Hons) Sociology (First Class) 

Awards & Scholarships

- Accepted a place on the Alfa Fellowship, 2020 (deferred due to pandemic) 

- Offered Erasmus Mundus scholarship, Russian & East European      Studies, Glasgow & Tartu Universities, 2020

- Longlisted for Financial Times Paul McLean trainee programme, 2018

- Scholarship + New Statesman internship, Journalism Diversity Fund, 2017

- Coverage of protests against deportations in Glasgow awarded ‘Highly commended’ by Scottish Refugee Council, 2016
- Final shortlist candidate for Channel 4 Dispatches traineeship, 2015
- Awarded 4-year ESRC PhD scholarship, 2012

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