AJ Clay

Writer, Editor, and proofreader in Edinburgh

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I'm a freelance editor, proofreader, and writer living in the beautiful, inspirational city of Edinburgh.

By day, I work for all manner of companies in diverse fields. Most recently, I refined educational resources and articles for the Raspberry Pi Foundation, and sub-edited The MagPi Magazine.

By night, I write short stories and novels, mainly YA but sometimes for adults. My fiction and creative non-fiction has been published by the Scottish Book Trust, 26, Freight Press, Monstrous Regiment, and the Dangerous Women project. In 2016 I was chosen as a UNESCO Emerging Writer, reading a short story at the Edinburgh International Book Festival as part of Story Shop. I was also shortlisted as one of 44 writers for Penguin Random House's WriteNow mentoring initiative for marginalised writers.

I'm currently looking for representation for my first novel, an urban fantasy set in Edinburgh. In my spare time I weightlift, perform LGBTQ+ outreach and activism, and review bad films I've watched in lockdown.

  • Education
    • Cambridge University
    • Napier University