Emphasis has always been placed on preserving images of people, but our voices are the true key to our characters; tone mostly, but also turns of phrase and the thoughts that we communicate.From November Took My Father by Lauren Ross
Encouraged by a friend, I signed up for the Creative Writing course at The Open University. After completing the advanced course, and heading towards retiral, I decided that I would like to return to University as a part time student on the MLitt Creative Writing course at Stirling University. I have had the opportunity to expand and explore different forms of writing and meet a group of interesting and talented people.
JUST A SMALL TOWN GIRL
LIVING IN A LONLEY WORLD
I WOULD TAKE THE MIDNIGHT TRAIN TO ANYWHERE BUT I CANNAE CAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC.
S’happenin’! I’m Izzy. 26 years auld, with a Bachelor of Arts and soon to have a Masters of Creative Writing. When not absolutely butchering Journey songs, I can be found having a carry on with my pals (pre-plague times), going out and crippling my already crippled bank account on food/clothes/unnecessary extravagant purchases, writing ridiculous short stories and passing them off as ‘comedy’ making poor Liam Bell regret ever letting me on the course and testing my amazing, handsome angelic boyfriend’s patience with my usual BS. Born and raised in Stirling and I’ll probably die here too, cause I cannae afford to live elsewhere cause the Tories keep crippling the economy. Let’s laugh through the anguish together everyone.
Matt Edwards came to Stirling after many years studying with The Open University with whom he obtained five degrees, his most recent being an MA in Creative Writing. Matt enjoys music and has held various organist posts throughout the UK. In 1998 Matt became the youngest Cathedral Director of Music in the UK when he was appointed to Dundee Cathedral at just 21. Matt now enjoys a slower pace of life as a freelance performer and is a regular recitalist at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum in Glasgow. He believes that a life of writing, music and study is the way forward although everything is dependent on his beloved cats letting him work from home!
An ex-teacher on the MLitt Creative Writing course. Published in several magazines. Won the William Soutar Prize in 2010. Shortlisted for Salt Publishing’s Scott Prize in 2012. Lives in Crieff.
Actor, Front of House Usher, and Programme Assistant at the RCS, Audio Describer, Mother-of-Three, Poetry Lover. I live in Troon and love exploring this beautiful country. I sing with Scottish Opera’s community choir and I recently dusted off my old tap shoes to resume tap dancing lessons. My first published poem ‘Glasgow Central’ appears in the anthology Glasgow: Historical City edited by Linda Jackson, Seahorse Publications.
Ruth has a fascination for Folklore and the macabre. She graduated from the University of Stirling in 2019 with a BA(Hons) in English Studies. Her final year dissertation focused on African American Folklore by Charles Waddell Chesnutt, where her interest in the Gothic was sparked. She returned to Stirling to pursue her dream of becoming a published author. On the MLitt in Creative Writing, Ruth combined her love of Folklore with her obsession for landscape and setting. Her short stories travel along the vein of Folk Horror, but with a Scottish focus. When Ruth is not seeking creative inspiration in the Scottish hills, she enjoys horse riding, yoga, and watching obscure films.
Originally from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, I live with my boyfriend, an orchid named Bernard, and an ever-growing collection of plant children and kitchen tat. My writing style tends towards injecting fantasy into everyday situations, as well as a creeping uncanniness that reaches out like a cat’s paw to grasp the unsuspecting. I am currently working on a number of projects, all of which I procrastinate from by hand-spinning yarn as frequently as I possibly can.
A poet and occasional short story writer from East Ayrshire, living in Glasgow. She has an honours degree in literature and cinema, for which she submitted a poetry collection in place of an academic dissertation, and was given the Research Based Learning Prize. Currently, she is studying an MLitt at the University of Stirling. Her poems in Time and Tidewill be only her second time being published in print, the first being with literary magazine Northwords Now. She is known by her friends for her habit of writing about public transport, and her incompetence in writing love poetry.
Born and raised in Manchester, she studied English and Creative Writing for her BA before moving to the Highlands of Scotland. She works for the National Trust for Scotland whilst studying an MLitt in Creative Writing at the University of Stirling. With a love for Scottish landscape, she incorporates its wild and enchanting scenery into as many of her stories as she can. Outside of pursuing a career in writing, she hopes for future opportunities within museum curating and film/TV producing. Ultimately, an essential part of her dreams involve adopting animals of all shapes and sizes, in need of a loving home.
Creative writing masters student. My work has appeared in Poetry Scotland, The Grind, and South Bank Journal. First collection of poetry issue to be published this winter through Valley Press.
Having grown up a word-devourer and avid fairy tale lover, it was only natural I began writing stories of my own. When I’m not reading or writing, I am either playing World of Warcraft or binge-watching Gilmore Girls. This lifelong writer/dreamer/make-believer currently lives in San Antonio, Texas with my two cats and a book collection so large it will soon need its own home.
Elaine is a MLitt student in Scottish Literature and Creative Writing with the University of Stirling. She is originally from Renfrew but grew up in the Highlands and Aberdeen. After twenty-one years exile, including ten years living and working in Argyll, she has recently returned to North-east Scotland with her family. Inspiration for her work comes from the coasts, forests and traditions of Scotland as well as her academic background as a geographer. She is never without a hand lens and a map.
Michael Mullen is a poet and spoken word artist and proud Glaswegian, interested in capturing the humorous, surreal and tragic characters of Scotland. Writing in English and various Scots dialects in order to champion the versatile and musical nature of his country and its many tongues. Michael enjoys writing in various forms from traditional ballads, lyrical verse and narrative poetry to short stories and even plans to tackle a novel one day. Michael’s work is dedicated to exploring the queer identity and its relationship to Scottish culture.
When not researching for yet another historical novel idea, Lauren can be found tutoring kids, at the cinema, or walking around her beloved home city of Edinburgh. Last year, she gained a first-class BA Hons degree from Stirling in English Studies. Before that, she studied a foundation diploma in Art & Design. While she gets her love of art from her mum, she gets her passion for history from her dad, and literature is her own way of blending the two together. While she focuses on writing, she tries to keep up painting, drawing and crafting, often weaving visual art into her stories as well. At some point, she hopes to continue to doctoral level and bring one (or two) of her novel ideas to fruition.
Dr. Dianne-Dominique Theakstone graduated, along with her four-year-old guide dog Merlin, with a PhD in Applied Social Sciences from the University of Stirling in 2018. Her passion is in co-production research, involving disabled people on the issues of social care and accessible housing. This inspired her enrolment on the MLitt. Creative Writing course, so that disabled peoples’ voices can be bolstered through the mediums of prose and drama performance.
I was born and raised in Alaska. I spent much of my youth outdoors. The need for adventure gnaws my insides like a glutenous tapeworm, I satisfy it with both experiences and books. I attended Brigham Young University-Idaho for a BA in Creative Writing before studying an MLitt in the same subject at the University of Stirling. My life has been filled with a long list of amazing family, friends, and professors. Currently I live in Scotland.