Dr Elizabeth Reeder
- Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing - Fiction, Hybrid Forms and the Essay (English Literature)
Elizabeth research and writing interests include: fiction (long and short); genre-bending and cross-medium forms (e.g. lyric essays); dynamic narrative structures; practice-based and practice-led research; exuberant creative failure; and giving and receiving feedback. Current topics of research/writing include: illness and death; joy; fire, including rural, urban fire and fire investigation; whisky; Chicago Architecture and localized discriminatory practices such as racial covenants; archives, especially experimental or impossible archives; aspects of place and identity; resilience; pain; indexes; maps and cartography; and places of transition, ‘between places’, which exist in landscapes and in texts/works across mediums and genres.
Elizabeth's writing has been published widely in literary journals and anthologies, and her BBC Radio 4 broadcasts include a Women's Hour Serial, stories, and abridgments of Marilynne Robinson's Gilead, Sara Wheeler's Magnetic North; The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things by Paula Byrne; and Annie Proulx’s Bird Cloud. She received Scottish Arts Council bursaries in 2001 and 2006, and was the Writing Fellow for the North East of Glasgow 2002-2004. She has particular interests in contemporary fiction and crossover forms like lyric essays, as well as an ongoing interest in excellence in creative and editorial practice, across art forms. Her novels include Ramshackle (Freight Books) and Fremont (Kohl Publishing, Oct 2012). Ramshackle was was shortlisted for a number of awards including a Saltire Literary award in 2013 and was longlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Book Award 2013.
The m/s of direction is the moment you choose, a collection of essays about crisis, creativity and living grief, was a finalist in the 2015 Essay Press book competition. An extract was subsequently published as One Year (Essay Press, 2016). She’s given papers on essaying locally and internationally including at the RSA symposium on The Essay (2014), and the College Arts Association conference in New York, 2017.
Her interest in the essay (in particular genre-bending, radical forms of essay) has developed from a desire to write so that language, form and structure embed knowledge in a way so it can be ‘read’ like poetry and art with a high level of complexity, intentional ambiguity, and space for the audience. Elizabeth recently curated a series of conversations around essaying in the UK with Max Porter (editor with Granta and author of Grief is the Thing with Feathers); Jacques Testard (Managing director of Fitzcarraldo Editions); Carol Mavor (writer and artist-historian). This can be found here: Digressions: On Essaying in the UK.
She is a MacDowell Fellow and held a MacDowell residency in April/May 2015.
Elizabeth is co-director of 'Reading and Writing Death and Dying' an ArtsLab Lab @DeathWrites1 on twitter
microbursts, a collaborative work with the artist Amanda Thomson, is a collection of lyric and intermedial essays about places between life and death, memoir and poetry and will be published by Prototype Publishing in Spring 2021 as part of their interdisciplinary strand.
You can find out more at elizabethkreeder.com
2017/18 Royal Society of Edinburgh Workshop Funding, ‘On Genre-Bending Essaying: Catalyst Conversations and Workshops on the Potential Impact of Experimental and Hybrid Writing in Scotland’, £9994.60
2016/17 Scottish Graduate School of the Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) Performance and Writing –Organized with Carl Lavery, Theatre Studies, University of Glasgow, Maria Fusco, University of Edinburgh Edinburgh College of Art & Ross Birrell - GSA, £2500 (CI).
2016 SGSAH Art Writing – Four days of workshopping with colleagues from ECA (Neil Mullholland), GSA (Laura Edbrook) and Strathclyde (David Kinloch) -£2500 (CI).
2015-2017 Sited +. Funded by Creative Scotland (£5,000), brought on as an independent adviser, because of her work with giving and receiving feedback and reputation for working across artforms effectively. She wrote the Voices Study part of the Sited + report that was informed by a series of workshops held across Scotland makers of Sited Work and also a symposium. The final report goes to Creative Scotland and other key bodies and will impact the policy and funding around Sited+ working in Scotland.
2015 “All in A Fankle: A Workshopping of Exuberant Failure”, £1989 (PI), part of the Being Human Festival funding by AHRC and the British Council, November 2015 (workshops run with Rachel McCrum)
2014 Animating the Archive, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada, July (supported by Ontario Arts Council (CAN$10,000 & Carnegie Trust £1998 + School £900), which led to robust collaborations, an exhibition and exhibition catalogue (2015), and kickstarted on ongoing interest in radical archiving.
2013 Attentive Writers: Healthcare, Authorship and Authority, Wellcome Trust, £5000 (Co-Investigator), May-September 2013
2010 Creative Writing at University of Glasgow 15th Anniversary Celebrations, £5020 total: Chancellor’s Award £3750. £1270 Marketing.
Current Doctoral Students:
Laura Edbrook – College of Arts Scholarship The Quick Autotheory and Radical Intimacy in the Means and Production of Art and its Discourses
Angie Spoto – College of Arts Scholarship Use of the Fantastic and the Impossible in Scottish Writing to Expose Realities of Domestic Abuse
Carly Brown - Monticello Fellowship (2016) 2013 Scottish National Poetry Slam winner.
Ioulia Kolovou – College of Arts Scholarship.
Sylvia Hehir – 2013 Scottish Book Trust New Writer Award; shortlisted for the Caledonian Novel Award
Laura Becherer – co-author of A Drink of One’s Own (Freight, 2017)
Naomi Pearce (with ECA) – AHRC scholarship
Please see the students' biographies for more information about their writing and research.
Completed Doctoral Students
Shere Garcia Rangel
Sheri Benning – The Season’s Vagrant (Carcanet); Thin Moon Psalm (Brick Books)
Caitlyn McHarge (MFA)
Micaela Maftei - The Fiction of Autobiography: Reading and Writing Identity, Bloomsbury, 2013; co-editor Writing Creative Non-Fiction: Determinig Form (Glyphi, 2015)
Laura Tansley – co-editor Writing Creative Non-Fiction: Determinig Form (Glyphi, 2015)
Debbie Andrews – AHRC Scholar (Walking the Lights, Freight 2016). Runner up for the Guardian Not the Booker Prize 2016
Em Strang - Stone (Atlantic Press, 2016) & Bird-Woman (Shearsman, 2016). 2014 Scottish Book Trust New Writer Award
Elizabeth has designed and implemented a number of creative writing courses for the Creative Writing MLitt, MFA and DFA programmes at University of Glasgow including:
- Craft and Experimentation
- Practical Pedagogy
- Cross-Discipline Fiction Workshop
- Creative Writing Post Graduate Research Practice as Research Course, which examines how thinkers who are primarily makers can approach processes of practice, research and excellence in the making of primary creative works and can hone their ability to create cultural and critical frames for their work and the work of others
- Hybrid Forms (with Colin Herd, Honours Course)
- The Art of Genre-Bending Essaying (upcoming 2018, with Glasgow School of Art)
Elizabeth designed and taught on the inaugural Creative Writing MLitt by distance learning, which she convened for five years, 2008-2013, and designed the Creative Writing VLE courses to support campus-based students. She also teaches creative writing workshops at all levels.
Creative Awards / Writing Residences
2015 MacDowell Artists Colony Fellow, with a residency April / May 2015
2014 PAL Labs Residential Residency, Cove Park, September 2014
2014 Invited Artist, Animating the Archive, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada, July (supported by Ontario Arts Council (CAN$10,000 & Carnegie Trust £1998 & University of Glasgow £800), which led to an exhibition and exhibition catalogue.
2013 Residency at An Tobar Arts Centre, Mull, December linked to the production of a response to the Zembla exhibition, and including a public reading and talk on hybrid and experimental writing
2013 Robert Louis Stevenson Fellow, funded by Scottish Book Trust/ Creative Scotland, held in Hotel Chevillon, Grez Sur Loing, France (June/July)
2012 Ten day residency at Taigh Chearsabhagh, North Uist, to work in collaboration with the artist, Amanda Thomson
2012/13 Ramshackle, shortlisted for the 2012 Saltire First Book of the Year, the 2013 Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Best First Book of the Year Award, Anobii book prize, and long-listed for the Authors’ Club Best First Book Award (2013)
2006 Scottish Arts Council (SAC) Bursary, £9000
2005 SAC Professional Development Grant, £1000
2005 Glasgow University Research Support Award, £500
2002 Scottish Arts Council Bursary to run in conjunction with the Scottish Arts Council / Glasgow City Council Writing Fellowship for the North East of Glasgow (March 2002-March 2004), £15,000 bursary over two years
2002 Awarded place on BBC Radio Writers’ Lab
2001 Scottish Arts Council Bursary, £3000
1998 ‘Crosswords’ shortlisted for The Macallan /Scotland on Sunday Short Story Competition