Creative writing has thrived at Stirling for over forty years. Under the direction of Emeritus Professor Rory Watson, Stirling was the first university in Scotland to offer degree credit for creative writing dissertations. We continue to evolve and expand within Stirling’s Division of Literature and Languages.
The Creative Writing group includes poet and essayist Kathleen Jamie, fiction writers Meaghan Delahunt and Liam Murray Bell, and award-winning writer, Janice Galloway. All write non-fiction, reviews, essays, and are popular figures at festivals, literary events, and residencies.
Kathleen Jamie is an internationally recognised poet, and winner of, amongst other awards, the Scottish Book of the Year Award, a Forward Prize, and mostly recent the Costa Poetry Prize for her collection The Overhaul. Sightlines won the Dolman Travel Book award in 2013. Meaghan Delahunt has published three novels with Granta. Originally from Melbourne, her work has won The Commonwealth Prize for First Book, and been shortlisted for the Scottish Fiction Book of the Year. Janice Galloway is the author of prize-winning novels, poetry and prose. Her recent ‘anti-memoir’, All Made Up, won the Scottish Book of the Year in 2012. Liam Murray Bell’s first novel So It Is attracted Arts Council funding. Set in Belfast, it was hailed as ‘a beautifully written debut novel’ concerning the Troubles.
Galloway and Jamie have collaborated with artists, Anne Bevan and Brigid Collins, to reimagine text, image and landscape. We work closely with the Pathfoot Gallery, which curates the University’s art collection and visiting exhibitions. Jamie recently won a Leverhulme Artist’s residency for Alec Finlay [link to page on his work – see below], to produce public sculptures on apiculture.
Creative writing activities – hosted as House of Words events – have involved partners such as the Royal Literary Society and award-winning and emerging writers such as Andrew O’Hagan, Bill Manhire, Seamus Heaney, William Letford. The ongoing annual Charles Wallace Trust Fellowship for Indian creative writers is one of three such initiatives in the UK and the fellow for 2014 is Snehal Vadher. Since 2009 our annual Royal Literary Fund Fellows have included Kona McPhee, Eleanor Updale, Linda Cracknell, and the fellow is presently Helen Lamb. Stirling is also one of the hosts for the UK’s Booker Foundation Initiative (2010-present), bringing leading novelists into universities.