Please contact Dorothy for rates and further information regarding freelance work including poetry readings and performance, teaching, writing and editing.

Poetry readings and performance

Dorothy has given countless readings on both sides of the Atlantic. As well as reading her own poetry, she can recite the works of others in English and Scots, including a widely-acclaimed rendition of the Address to the Haggis at Burns Suppers. Readings can also incorporate some traditional songs, and tunes performed on the Northumbrian smallpipes.


A Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Dorothy has taught at the University of St Andrews, the University of Edinburgh and Texas State University. She is an experienced teacher of creative writing, literature, rhetoric and composition, and has led workshops including ‘Have a go at writing in Scots’, ‘Walking the Moment: a walking workshop’, and ‘Writing in Cafés: sensory experience and mindfulness for creativity’.

Writing and editing

Dorothy is experienced in writing for a range of purposes including creative and academic writing, grant applications, CVs and cover letters. As an editor she can provide services ranging from feedback on an entire manuscript to line-edits and proofreading.