Hello. I’m Tanya.

I’m a writer, photographer, witch and forensic psychology student. If I had to describe my approach to life with just one over-used quote, it would be do no harm but take no shit. Originally from Northern Ireland, I now share a home in beautiful Edinburgh, Scotland, with my little family – a tall man, a small cat and an albino axolotl with a double-barrel surname.

I love coffee (seriously, you do not understand how much I love coffee), yoga, cinnamon tea, driving at night, cooking, documentaries about the ocean, the ocean, documentaries about cooking, storms, horror films, the feeling of getting tattooed, expertly choreographed fight scenes, Irish bread, clean kitchens, literally all cats, playing other people’s pianos, and winter mornings. I have a strange discomfort around rubber hose animation and raw tomatoes. I’m a deeply passionate creative living advocate and I believe art is for everyone, always (including you).

I’ve lived at least partially online since 1997 and my life has been shaped profoundly by crossing the no-internet/internet divide at age sixteen. My cat has his own Instagram.

I’m currently writing what has become a transgressive noir queer romance crime novel. With drugs. And probably excessive violence. It doesn’t have a title yet. I love it and I hate it and it’s a whole world that exists inside my head, which is a really incredible thought. Making up stories is a wild ride. I fully recommend it.



Words, pictures and general brain-spew in 140 280 characters or less. Loaded with stream-of-consciousness mind to internet action and snippets of whatever I’m working on, Twitter is one of my favourite places to connect with other creative people online, especially the writing community.

Photos, photos and more photos. When I’m not posting Real Photography™ – mostly beautiful places, interesting things and cute creatures with some awesome humans and conceptual art too – I upload ephemeral life-fragments, cat videos and other minutiae of my existence to my Instagram Story and IGTV.

DA will probably always feel like home to me. I’ve been there since 2005, sharing photography and writing. I’m a Community Volunteer focusing on unconventional and experimental photography. I’m also an admin at the Community Relations Photography group and a contributor at Project Educate, so I spend a lot of time encouraging other people to make and share art. In case it wasn’t obvious yet, I am really, really for people making and sharing art.



If you’d like to get in touch by email, you can do that via hello@tanyasimonesimpson.com



All photographs and words on this site are copyright Tanya Simone Simpson (all rights reserved) unless otherwise stated.