Beatrice Colin, Dr

Senior Lecturer

Personal Statement

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


Teaching Interests

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. 

Expertise & Capabilities

I have published fiction for both children and adults. I have also written extensively for BBC radio - single plays, serials and adaptations as well as a number of screenplays, one of which was chosen to be developed through the Equinoxe scheme in France. I have a background in arts journalism and a love of good writing, in any form. 

  1. The Vital Spark: The Driver's Seat

    Research output: ResearchOther contribution

  2. Benmore and the history of Scottish plant hunters

    Research output: ResearchArticle

  3. The Ferryman's Apprentice

    Research output: ResearchPerformance

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  1. Speaker at Imprint Festival, Kilmarnock

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

  2. Speaker at the Edinburgh Book Festival

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

  3. Summer School 2017 - Word Up/Listen Up

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  1. AHRC - Doctoral Training Partnership Scotland | Reid, Melissa

    Project: Research Studentship - Internally AllocatedResearch Studentship (Internally Allocated)

  2. Algebra

    Project: Projects from Previous Employment

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  1. The Hide - Best Drama at the WOFF Film festival, Brighton

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  2. Oxfordshire Book Awards

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  3. Bolton Children's Fiction Award 2015 - shortlisted

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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Beatrice Colin

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