• Copies of Quotidian, literary magazine

    Creative writing

    We cover a wide range of genres and research themes, from poetry and historical fiction to radio drama, creative writing and writing for children.

Creative Writing has had a strong profile at Strathclyde for many years. Some of our students and staff have won major international prizes and grants from awarding bodies including Creative Scotland, the Wyndham-Campbell Literature Prize and the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Former staff and students include:

  • Zoë Wicomb
  • Louise Welsh
  • Margaret Elphinstone 
  • Colette Paul
  • Jean Rafferty

We regularly host visiting speakers from the world of broadcasting, publishing and newspapers. Past speakers have included:

  • Gaynor McFarlane, BBC Radio producer
  • Jenny Brown, literary agent
  • Gavin Francis, prize-winning non-fiction writer

Our Literary Lunch series showcases the best in Scottish writing, and has featured poets and novelists such as Liz Lochhead, Kathleen Jamie, James Robertson and Andrew Greig.


Quotidian is our student-run literary magazine. It publishes short fiction writing, creative non-fiction and poetry from students studying across Scotland. The magazine is interested in writing that looks closely at 'ordinary' details, moments and situations and turns them into something new.

Take a look at the Quotidian website.

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