Division: Creative Writing
Bloody Women: The Role of Women in Scottish and Scandinavian Crime Fiction
I previously worked as a journalist for more than ten years covering news, politics and features for organisations including the Press Association, the Daily Mirror, Scotland on Sunday, The Scotsman, The Sunday Herald and Life and Work magazine. In 2006/7 I edited the COSCA Journal (Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland). More recently I worked as a freelance media consultant and marketing manager in a leading London FE college. I have an LLB from the University of Aberdeen, a Postgraduate Diploma in Newspaper Journalism from the University of Central Lancashire and an MA in Creative Writing (Distinction) from Kingston University. My Masters dissertation focussed on exploring the influence of Scandinavian crime writers including Henning Mankell, Hakan Nesser, Stieg Larsson and Liza Marklund.
I am researching the role of women in contemporary Scottish and Scandinavian crime fiction with a particular focus on texts written by female authors and the way in which female protagonists have transformed this genre of fiction. Drawing on a combination of interdisciplinary resources including literary texts from Scottish and Scandinavian authors, and research from Publishing Studies and Gender and Feminist Studies, the aim of this Creative Writing project is to produce a narrative that imagines a Scottish society, driven predominantly by women, and investigate whether the outcomes of crimes would differ from current trends in contemporary Scotland.
Recipient of Arts and Humanities Research Council PhD Studentship, 2014-2017
June 2015: Funding award from the SGSAH’s Cohort Development Fund to run “Read, Write and Grow” workshop at Glasgow Women’s Library for researchers from across Scotland. This focused on ‘bibliotherapy’ and deliveringcreative writing workshops in a non-academic setting.
June 2016: Funding award from the SGSAH’s Student Development Fund to undertake further bibliotherapy/words for wellbeing training with Lapidus Scotland
George Markstein Fiction Prize, 2015
Teaching assistant on the third and fourth year option modules in Creative Writing (ENGU9C1 and ENGU9C2).
Conference Presentations: Bloody Women: The Role of Women in Scottish and Scandinavian Crime Fiction , (Nordic Research Network Conference, University of Edinburgh (18/2/15))
November 2015 - ongoing: Launch of bibliotherapy/creative writing project at Women’s Aid Mid and East Lothian as part of the SGSAH Artist in Residence programme.
-Publication of a poem, written by Women’s Aid bibliotherapy project, as part of The Dangerous Women Project at Edinburgh University.
- Conference Presentation: Crossing Borders: Invisible Women: How crime novels can cross genre boundaries and focus on forgotten victims of crime , (Arts and Humanites Postgraduate Conference, University of Stirling (1/6/16)