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.
Event / Presentation
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'
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.
Contemporary fiction, particularly prose that seeks to experiment with form and novels that explore the intersection between the personal and the political. So It Is investigates the Troubles in Northern Ireland and, in particular, the role of women in the violence. The Busker is concerned with the Occupy movement and the functioning of 'protest' in contemporary British politics.Critical work has included articles on Creative Writing pedagogy, poststructuralist readings of the writing process, investigation of the link between form and content in Narrative Theory and exploration of the role of the Creative Writing PhD in modern academia.
Bell LM (2013) Publication and the PhD. In: Harper G (ed.) New Ideas in the Writing Arts. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, pp. 1-16. http://www.cambridgescholars.com/new-ideas-in-the-writing-arts-14
Bell LM, Finelli A & Wynne-Davies M (2011) Sexual Violence in literature: a cultural heritage?. In: Brown J & Walklate S (eds.) Handbook on Sexual Violence. New York: Routledge, pp. 52-68. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415670722/
Bell LM (2004) The First Day of Christmas. In: Thornton V & Whyte H (eds.) Milking the Haggis. New Writing Scotland, 21. Glasgow: Association for Scottish Literary Studies. http://asls.arts.gla.ac.uk/NWS21.html