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I'm a writer, reviewer, adult education tutor and conservation volunteer based in Edinburgh, UK.

My book Bougainvillea Dancing, poetry, prose and photos inspired by Malawi is available as a pdf to download from Lulu: The book costs £5 and 10% of the proceeds go to Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) for their work in Malawi.

I blog at Crafty Green Poet (

I sell beaded bookmarks (among other things) in my Crafty Green Poet Etsy shop (

Some of my favourite poets are Margaret Atwood, Jackie Kay, Ruth Padel, Polly Clark, Edwin Morgan and Rebecca Elson. Some of my favourite novels are:

The Last Report on the Miracles of Little No Horse - Louise Erdrich
The Museum of Unconditional Surrender - Dubravka Ugresic
Snow - Maxence Fermine
Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis de Bernieres
Einstein's Dreams - Alan Lightman
Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World - Haruki Murakami
The Wind Up Bird Chronicles - Haruki Murakami
The Tuscan Master - Peter Adamson
The Unconsoled - Kazuo Ishighuro
Life A Users Manual - Georges Perec
My Name is Red - Orhan Pamuk
Fugitive Pieces - Anne Michaels
The Solid Mandala - Patrick White
Hallucinating Foucault - Patricia Duncker
The Baron in the Trees - Italo Calvino
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
The Wall - Marlene Haushofer

Favourite books of short stories
The Barnum Museum by Stephen Millhauser
Not the End of the World by Kate Atkinson
Mr Palomar Italo Calvino
The Elephant Vanishes - Haruki Murakami

Favourite Non-Fiction
Mukiwa - Peter Godwin
The Beak of the Finch - Jonathon Weiner
Spoken Here - Mark Abley
A Short History of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson

I read in German, Italian and French as well as English.

My Bookcrossing shelves just reflect my bookcrossing activity. If you want to have a better idea of the books I have most enjoyed reading, you can now find me on Good Reads at:

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