His inspirations are Robert Louis Stevenson and Muriel Spark.
“It struck me that nothing man-made defines a country – neither its artefacts nor its monuments. Golf, tartan and whisky fail to tell our story. A nation is defined by the very people who live there, whether they’re in mansions or high-rises. They animate their surroundings and lay down markers. They breathe life into the place. If Scotland and Scottishness exist, they do so in the mind.”