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In my role as a Glasgow-based journalist I write most often for Al Jazeera English. I have also written widely for The National in Abu Dhabi. Other outlets to which I have contributed include The Guardian, The Herald, The Scotsman, BBC online, The Atlanta Journal Constitution and The Electronic Intifada. I have reported from Beirut, Cairo and Freetown, among other locations, and have made a series of short online documentaries for Al Jazeera English. In recent years, I have covered Brexit, the Scottish independence debate and COP26.

Shadows & Light: The Extraordinary Life of James McBey is my first authored book. It was published by Edinburgh's Scotland Street Press in December 2022, and was the subject of an exhibition at Aberdeen Art Gallery. It ran from 11 February until 28 May 2023, and was co-curated by myself and Madeline Nehring, Team Lead Collections at Aberdeen Archives, Gallery & Museums. Both my book and my exhibition garnered significant media coverage, such as from The Guardian, The Press & Journal, The Sunday National, The National in Abu Dhabi, The Sunday Post, BBC Radio Scotland and STV news.

Since the publication of my biography on 1 December 2022, I have given lectures and talks (online & in-person) about James McBey at the following venues/to the following organisations:

The Gallery Bookshop, Glasgow (2 Dec. 2022)
— The Fine Art Society, Edinburgh (15 Dec. 2022)
— Egyptian Expeditionary Force in WWI Society (Zoom — 7 March 2023)
Scottish Society for Art History (Zoom — 21 March 2023)
Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen (15 April 2023)
— Newburgh Village Hall, Aberdeenshire (7 May 2023)
— Tangier American Legation Museum, Tangier, Morocco (1 June 2023)
— Aberdeen Central Library, Aberdeen (Book Week Scotland) (13 November 2023)
— Newburgh Village Hall, Aberdeenshire (The James McBey Project Launch 2024) (27 January 2024)
— The Newburgh James McBey Tourist Trail (lead guide) (28 January 2024)