Events and Performances


May 9, 2024
Gifford Series with Dr Cornel West
"A Jazz-soaked Philosophy for our Catastrophic Times"
University of Edinburgh, Informatics Forum
Lecture 3 - Folly Presto

May 3, 2024
Creative Writing Conference
University of Edinburgh with Michael Pederson

April 17, 2024
NAWE PhD Creative Writing Network Meet-up
Hosted by Ruth Moore (Exeter) and Elena Traina (Falmouth) with guest speakers Jonathan Davidson and Derek Neale, Acting Co-Chairs of NAWE.

April 5, 2024
Summerhall Creative Writing Social

February 16, 2024
Prof Emma Smith: Following the Money: Book Collecting in the Age of Slavery
University of Edinburgh, School of Literatures,
Edition Annual Lecture 2024

February 13, 2024
Writer in Residence Open Mic and Showcase with guest Michael Mullen
Performance of The Hair Thief from Gutter Magazine
University of Edinburgh

December 3, 2023
A Life in Books: Nicola Sturgeon In Conversation with Michael Pedersen
The Queen’s Hall

November 29, 2023
Researcher Realities: Writing a Trade Book
University of Edinburgh, Room G42, Paterson's Land, Holyrood

November 27, 2023
The Black List
Word by Word: (Some of) The Simpsons Writers from Season 3

September 15-17, 2023
Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Conference
Pitch Perfect

June 14-16, 2023
Great International Creative Writing Conference, London, UK
Paper: Writing a postcolonial land without its people: A study of Louise Penny's novel A Better Man

June 4, 2023
Toronto International Festival of Authors, MOTIVE Crime Festival

March 20, 2023
In Conversation with Jonathan Whitelaw

Feb 15, 2023
Typewronger Books, Edinburgh
Book launch: Things I Have Loved by Sophia Hembeck

May 19, 2022
University of Edinburgh
Creating Synthetic Biology: Future Imaginaries in Science and Art will feature Nadanai Laohakunakorn and Jane Alexander.

May 18, 2022
Embassy of Canada in Reykjavík
My Nature and the North / Icelandic & Canadian Literature

May 1, 2022
The Festival of Literary Diversity

March 16, 2022
Blackwells Edinburgh
A Matter of Undiscovered Deaths: Claire Askew & Craig Robertson

March 15, 2022
University of Edinburgh
FORUM Journal 2022: Launch Event

February 3, 2022
University of Calgary
Distinguished Writers Program: And Evening with Bernadette Evaristo

November 10, 2021
SAHA/SGSAH Keynote Lecture, Julia Corbett

August 17, 2021
Gutter issue #24 Launch party and EMT 'All things are possible' poetry competition reading.


Feb 13 - "The Hair Thief" Writer in Residence Open Mic and Showcase with guest Michael Mullen, The University of Edinburgh. UK


Nov 28 - "The Night of Long Knives." North/West Passages, The Writer's Union of Canada. Calgary, AB.

June 4 - "The Hair Thief." MOTIVE Crime Writing Festival, Crime Writer's of Canada, Toronto, ON. 

April 6 - "The Hair Thief." From Arthur's Seat Reading, 50 George Square Project Room, University of Edinburgh

February 22 - "The Hair Thief." Writer’s Open Mic, The Owl’s Nest Bookshop.


July 8 - The Lougheed House, Private Function. "From Canton to Calgary" 6:30 PM

July 1 - The Lougheed House, Opening Launch of 'We Were Here: Stories from Early Chinatown" Noon to 1:30 PM. Author Talk.

April 10 - The Selkie Publications, Launch of Very Much Alive (Zoom) 1:30 PM


November 26 - Writer’s Open Mic, The Owl’s Nest Bookshop, Calgary, Canada. "Ode to a Canadian Coffee" and "How to time travel."

January 17 - Inner City Stories, Loft 112, Calgary, Canada. "A Rough Season."


“Meteor Shower.” Writer’s Open Mic, 30 January 2019, The Owl’s Nest Bookshop, Calgary, Canada.

“Mallory.” International Women’s Day, 6 March 2019, City Hall, Calgary, Canada.


“Remember to [Breathe].” The GodDamn Debut Poetry Slam, 4 April 2018, The Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh, UK.

“The Trapline.” InkyFingers, 1 May 2018, Lighthouse Books, Edinburgh, UK.

“The Capture of Hill 145.” InkyFingers,14 Aug 2018, Lighthouse Books, Edinburgh, UK.

“Mallory.” From Arthur’s Seat Book Launch, 9 May 2018, Blackwell’s South Bridge, Edinburgh, UK.

“Thieves.” The University of Edinburgh MSc Open Mic, 28 May 2018, The Outhouse, Edinburgh, UK.

“Meteor Shower.” Emerging Writer’s Intensive Reading, 1 October 2018, The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Banff, Canada.