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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. 

Education/Academic qualification

University Of Strathclyde

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Strathclyde

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census Social Sciences
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Novel Arts & Humanities
Boys Arts & Humanities

Projects 2011 2018

AHRC - Doctoral Training Partnership Scotland | Reid, Melissa

Colin, M., Kinloch, D. & Reid, M.

AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council)


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


Colin, M.


Project: Projects from Previous Employment

Research Output 2008 2018

The Vital Spark: The Driver's Seat

Colin, B., 14 Jan 2018, London

Research output: Other contribution


Benmore and the history of Scottish plant hunters

Colin, B., 4 Dec 2017, Collected

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle


From the land of Genesis : deploying short story form to explore the fictionalization of narratives from veterans returning home

Author: O'Shea, S., 1 Oct 2017

Supervisor: Colin, M. (Supervisor) & Kinloch, D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Bolton Children's Fiction Award 2015 - shortlisted

Mary Colin (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Oxfordshire Book Awards

Mary Colin (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Activities 2010 2017


Colin, M. (Visiting researcher)
3 Mar 2017

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

St Benedictine's School, Easterhouse

Colin, M. (Visiting lecturer)
3 Mar 2017

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution