Dr Beatrice Colin

Lecturer

Creative Writing

Personal statement

I joined the university in 2012 as a lecturer in Creative Writing. I am a novelist, radio dramatist and short story writer. My latest novel, To Capture What We Cannot Keep will be published in 2016 in the US and 2017 in the UK and elsewhere. The Luminous Life of Lilly Aphrodite (2008) was translated into eight languages, was a Richard and Judy pick and was short-listed for several awards. Pyrates Boy (2013), a novel for children, was shortlisted for the SBT Children's Book Award 2015 and My Invisible Sister (2010) was made into a movie for TV by Disney in 2015. I also write radio plays and adaptations for BBC Radio 4 including The Ice Wife (2015) and The Ferryman's Apprentice (2017).  

I began my career as a journalist for publications such Sunday Herald and The Guardian,writing on the arts and culture. I was writer-in-residence at Tramway, (2011-2012) and launched and edited their digital Literary magazine, Algebra. (link http://www.tramwayalgebra.com/).

 

Expertise

Has expertise in:

    I have published fiction for both children and adults. I have also written extensively for BBC radio - single plays, serials and adaptations as well as a number of screenplays, one of which was chosen to be developed through the Equinoxe scheme in France. I have a background in arts journalism and a love of good writing, in any form. 

Prizes and awards

Scottish Children's Book Award (shortlist)
Recipient
2014
Bolton Children's Fiction Award 2015 - shortlisted
Recipient
2014
Oxfordshire Book Awards
Recipient
2014

more prizes and awards

Teaching

I teach creative writing at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. For the former, as well as core classes  in creative writing,  I have written and delivered courses in Dramatic Writing, Creative Non-Fiction, New Narratives, which looked at the role of writing in the digital world, and Developing Readers and Literary Publics (with Michael Higgins). 

I also have a number of MRes and PhD students who are writing in genres including historical, young adult and contemporary fiction. 

I am interested in teaching narrative in all its forms; fiction, non-fiction, film or online.  I am also interested in the huge potential that writing for children and young adults offers. 

Professional activities

Summer School 2017 - Word Up/Listen Up
Speaker
20/6/2017
STIRLING COUNCIL
Visiting researcher
12/5/2017
Short Story Competition Prizegiving
Speaker
20/3/2017
Provocative Historical Fiction
Speaker
12/3/2017
Masterclass with Beatrice Colin
Speaker
10/3/2017
St Benedictine's School, Easterhouse
Visiting lecturer
3/3/2017

more professional activities

Projects

AHRC - Doctoral Training Partnership Scotland | Reid, Melissa
Colin, Beatrice (Principal Investigator) Kinloch, David (Co-investigator) Reid, Melissa (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2013 - 01-Oct-2016
Algebra
Colin, Beatrice (Principal Investigator)
A digital literary magazine for Tramway Arts space funded by Glasgow Life.
Period 03-Jan-2011 - 02-Feb-2012

more projects