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Creative Writing staff teach on the extremely popular BA in Journalism and Creative Writing. In this thriving, lively and exciting department, practical skills are taught by experienced writers. As well as the craft of fiction, poetry and scriptwriting, courses are offered in writing narrative for new media and creative non-fiction. 

Students can get involved with a vibrant scene both within the university and in the city of Glasgow. A programme of visiting speakers from the world of broadcasting, publishing and newspapers, including Gaynor McFarlane (BBC) and Alan Ramsay (Connect Communications) runs alongside the Literary Lunch, run by our Keith Wright Literary Fellow. This series showcases the best in Scottish writing, and features poets and novelists such as Liz Lochhead, James Robertson and Andrew Greig. 

In 2013 our undergraduate students performed at the Glasgow Aye Write Festival. In 2012, they read at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, and three post-graduate students organized and ran a highly successful Creative Writing Conference – the first of its kind at Strathclyde.

You can combine Journalism and Creative Writing (JCW) with a number of other subjects:






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At present there are two creative writing staff at Strathclyde, and their research interests range from poetry and translation to literary fiction and dramatic writing.

David Kinloch is a poet and translator. His recent collection Finger of a Frenchman  was published by Carcanet in 2011. He won an AHRC fellowship in 2012-13 to work on ekphrastic responses to visual art and organized the conference, Writing into Art (2013)

He is a founder and trustee of The Edwin Morgan Trust and a founder of The Scottish Writers Centre.

Beatrice Colin is a novelist for children and adults as well as a dramatist for BBC Radio. Her novel The Luminous Life of Lilly Aphrodite was translated into eight languages and published in both the UK and the US. She has been shortlisted for several prizes including a British Book Award and the Saltire. Her latest novel for children, Pyrate's Boy has just been published. 

Creative Writing at Strathclyde also hosts an annual writer-in-residence post, the Keith Wright Literary Fellowship. The current incumbent is the poet, Chris Agee, who also edits the prestigious literary journal Irish Pages. 


We currently offer a Master of Research in Creative Writing and have PhD students working in the fields of historical fiction and poetry. 


Creative Writing has had a strong profile at Strathclyde for many years. As well as establishing one of the first M.Litt courses in Creative Writing with the University of Glasgow in the 1990s, past students and academics have won major international prizes and raised substantial funding for the University from Arts Councils and the AHRC.

Past members of staff and alumni who have distinguished themselves in these ways include Zoe WicombLouise WelshMargaret ElphinstoneCollette Paul and Jean Rafferty.


Success Stories

This academic year has been an excellent one for Strathclyde's Creative Writing students. A short story by Melissa Reid, a Masters student, was broadcast by BBC Radio 4 as part of their New Writing from Scotland series. Zoe Storrie's fiction won first place in a competition run by the National Galleries in Edinburgh and Kate Martin's memoir about her grandmother's Alzheimer's was published in the Herald Magazine.

Professor David Kinloch has been commissioned to write a poem as part of the Commonwealth Games celebrations. It will appear in various formats in the run-up to the games and is about boxing –sort of! He has also been invited to read from his work at the Festival Monat der Autorenlesung this Summer in various cities across Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

This summer Dr Beatrice Colin will be reading her work at the St Clementin Literary Festival in France, at the bandstand in Glasgow during the Commonwealth Games and at the West End Festival.

Digital Magazine Meeting

In April, the Creative Writing department was host to the annual meeting of the Professional Publishers Association digital meet-up. Here, students and those working in the magazine industry in Scotland heard talks from Angus Urquhart of the brand new digital platform Magzter, Cat Leaver of Alienation Digital, and Kevin Miller, founder of RunRev who has funded his new app development tool through Kickstarter. Over coffee and brownies, it was agreed by all that future of digital magazine publishing had never been more exciting.

The Legacy of Bonnie Parker

After her radio play about Bonnie and Clyde was broadcast by the BBC Radio 4 in January, Dr Beatrice Colin has been interviewed once again about the wayward gangster. Beatrice is quoted in a lengthy piece written on the advent of the eightieth anniversary of the shoot-out that killed Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow in the free magazine, Stylist, at the end of May.