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 was 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/).
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.
- Speaker at Imprint Festival, Kilmarnock
- Speaker at the Edinburgh Book Festival
- Summer School 2017 - Word Up/Listen Up
- STIRLING COUNCIL
- Visiting researcher
- Short Story Competition Prizegiving
- Provocative Historical Fiction
more professional activities
- AHRC - Doctoral Training Partnership Scotland | Reid, Melissa
- Colin, Mary (Principal Investigator) Kinloch, David (Co-investigator) Reid, Melissa (Research Co-investigator)
- Period 01-Oct-2013 - 07-Mar-2018
- Colin, Mary (Principal Investigator)
- A digital literary magazine for Tramway Arts space funded by Glasgow Life.
- Period 03-Jan-2011 - 02-Feb-2012
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