Creative Writing

Glasgow’s Creative Writing programme is world-renowned, not only for its hugely successful postgraduate courses but also for the novels, plays, poems and other works produced by its staff.  Since 2007 the team has produced a wide range of creative outputs, including six novels, nine poetry-collections, two operas and two stage-plays, many of which have either won or been short-listed for prizes.

Outreach activities form an integral part of our work, with recent exhibitions in Bamberg, Chicago, London and Washington D.C., and talks, readings and workshops at numerous international festivals, ranging from the Sydney Writers’ Festival to the Bookworm International Literary Festival, Beijing, and the International Festival of Authors, Toronto, as well as major Scottish international festivals in Glasgow, Edinburgh and elsewhere.

Creative Writing at Glasgow

Associated Staff:

Jane Goldman

Dr Jane Goldman

Reader in A vant-garde Poetics & Creative Writing (English Literature)

Research interests: poetry and poetics; literary theory; modernism/avant-garde; Virginia Woolf studies; gender, sexuality, feminism; queer; ut pictura poesis

Colin Herd

Dr Colin Herd

Lecturer in Creative Writing (English Literature)

Research interests: Experimental poetry and poetics; Ekphrasis; Artist Books; Collaborative practice; Conceptual Writing; Language Writing; New York School aesthetics; Aleatory and ergodic forms; Creative Writing pedagogy; Sophistry and sophistics.

Carolyn Jess-Cooke

Dr Carolyn Jess-Cooke

Senior Lecturer (English Literature)

Research interests: Poetry, erasure poetry, psychological gothic, short stories, fantasy, women’s writing, practice-based research, literary novels, creative writing pedagogy, creative writing for mental health, trauma studies, arts in health

Willy Maley

Professor Willy Maley

Professor of Renaissance Studies (English Literature)

Research interests: Shakespeare, Spenser, Milton, Postcolonialism

Elizabeth Reeder

Dr Elizabeth Reeder

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing - Fiction, Hybrid Forms and the Essay (English Literature)

Research interests: lyric essay; practice-based research; literary novels; writing on place; elegy; memoir; teaching creative writing; creative writing

Alan Riach

Professor Alan Riach

Professor of Scottish Literature (Scottish Literature)

Research interests: Literature and the Visual Arts

Professor Jeffrey Robinson

Honorary Senior Research Fellow - English Literature (English Literature)

Zoe Strachan

Ms Zoe Strachan

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing (English Literature)

Research interests: Fiction; novels; short stories; autofiction; LGBT; queer; Scottish; interdisciplinary; photography; feminist; memoir; visual arts; opera; Muriel Spark; new music; sound art.