Dr Liam Bell

Senior Lecturer

English Studies University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Liam Bell

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Novelist and Creative Writing Lecturer. First novel, So It Is (2012), shortlisted for SMIT Scottish Book of the Year 2013 and described in The Observer as a book which 'offers a fresh perspective on the Troubles'. Second novel, The Busker, published on 1st May 2014.Born in Orkney and brought up in Glasgow, I studied for a BA (Hons) in English Literature and Creative Writing at Queen's University, Belfast; MLitt in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow; and a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Surrey.


Society of Authors, K Blundell Trust

Grant to enable travel and research relating to the writing of my third novel.

Arts Council England

Grant supporting the researching and writing of my second novel, The Busker.

SMIT Scottish Book of the Year Shortlisting

So It Is was shortlisted for the Scottish Book of the Year in the First Book category.

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Paperback of the Week, The Herald

The Busker selected as 'paperback of the week' in the Herald during the first week of May 2014.

Scottish Book Trust Pick of 2014

The Busker was selected as a Scottish Book Trust 'Pick of 2014'

Other Project

Scottish Film Talent Network Write4Film Programme

A tailored series of professional, industry-led sessions run by Scottish Film Talent Network for published writers from other mediums seeking to move into screenwriting. Application and interview were required for selection. Led to application to Scottish Shorts 2019 funding for a short film, Awake, which was longlisted but unsuccessful.