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I am a Belfast-born writer based in Glasgow. My work is published internationally and is translated into ten languages, and I’ve been awarded as one of Canongate’s Future 40 and am an Hawthornden Fellow.
I’ve just completed Master Rock, a new commission from Artangel & BBC Radio 4, which is a performance and radio broadcasts live inside a mountain on the west coast of Scotland.
I write fiction, critical and theoretical texts and edit publications. With A Bao A Qu Reading When Attitudes Become Form (Los Angeles/Vancouver: New Documents, 2013), which was awarded an Alcuin Society prize and is translated into Swedish, and my first collection of short stories The Mechanical Copula (Berlin/New York: Sternberg Press, 2011), is published in French as COPULATION MÉCANIQUE (Paris: éditions ère, 2012). I am founder/editorial director of The Happy Hypocrite a semi-annual journal for and about experimental art writing. I’ve written the screenplay for GONDA, a film by film-maker Ursula Mayer based around Ayn Rand’s 1934 play Ideal, commissioned by Film London, and published as a ciné-roman by Sternberg Press.
I’ve been an invited Writer-in-Residence at Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Kadist Art Foundation in Paris and Whitechapel Gallery in London, and have been awarded as a Jerwood Creative Catalyst.
I am a Professor at Northumbria University, was a Reader at Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh and Director of Art Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London.