Gillean McDougall

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Research title: 'Madness to Memoir: Creative Writing in the Asylum Space.'

Research Summary

The main component of my work is an extended piece of creative life-writing, using the landscape of Gartnavel Royal Asylum (1843) in Glasgow to make connections with human geography and my own family history, while examining the generational effects of mental illness and in particular OCD.

A shorter critical commentary explores the potential of creative writing in the treatment of this condition.

Additional Information


  • Member of Glasgow’s Mirrorball, Clydebuilt and Caledonian Poets initiatives.

Other Roles

  • My background is in classical music and broadcasting. Shortlisted by the Scottish Book Trust for a New Writers Award in 2013, and a prize winner in the Alastair Buchan Poetry Competition 2017.
  • My short fiction has appeared in From Glasgow to Saturn, Foxes of Glasgow, Tales From a Cancelled Country and Home Ground, which was Glasgow Life’s ‘City Read’ in 2017.
  • I am editor of and contributor to the imprint Honest Error – an anthology by the same name of new Scottish writing on Charles Rennie Mackintosh was published in 2017 (