I am an independent creative freelancer, working in Edinburgh before moving to Inverness in 2017. I started working under the name Northlight in 2019 — a name inspired by elements of geopoetics and the idea of cultural renewal.
My work engages with themes connecting culture, heritage, creative expression, land, ecology, poetics, politics, activism and hopeful futures. I have taken on the various roles of researcher, writer, fieldworker, tutor, lecturer, facilitator, organiser, coordinator, producer, consultant, host, chair, speaker, performer, activist and campaigner.
My creative practice is informed by my background in ethnology. I hold a PhD in ethnology and ethnomusicology from the University of Edinburgh where I taught for several years in the Department of Celtic & Scottish Studies (you can read more about ethnology here - ‘Dig Where You Stand: A Creative Ethnology’ and a reflection on my own creative practice here).