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Dr Fiona Shaw

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

Department: Humanities

Dr. Fiona Shaw has published a memoir and four novels, with a fifth due to be published in 2018. She is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing.

Fiona Shaw

I am the author of the memoir Out of Me (1997) and four novels: The Sweetest Thing (Virago, 2003), The Picture She Took (2005), Tell it to the Bees (Tindal Street, 2009) and A Stone's Throw (Serpent's Tail, 2012).

My fifth novel, Outwalkers, will be published by David Fickling Books in February 2018. 

Tell it to the Bees is to become a feature film, starring Anna Paquin and Holliday Grainger, with a probable release date in 2018.

Campus Address

Northumbria University
Lipman 025
Newcastle upon Tyne

0191 227 4937


BA (1st class Hons) English and Related Literature, University of York, MA American Studies, University of Sussex, PhD, University of York

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My current research interests are focused on the work of 20th century female journalists and photo-journalists, such as Martha Gellhorn and Lee Miller, together with the practice of psychiatry in the mid-20th Century. 

I am also planning a sequel to my forthcoming novel Outwalkers. This will probably focus on subjects such as food security and migration, my interest being in how to represent these pressing contemporary political topics within a young adult novel.

My creative work is often concerned with questions of identity, memory and the human need for place.

I would be interested in supervising students with an interest in writing works of fiction, creative non-fiction, or life writing, with a contemporary or historical setting. Also in supervising students with an interest in writing for a YA audience. 

I have a particular interest in the representations and explorations of mental illness in literature; and in the relationship between lyricism and story-telling in prose.

Current/Recent Projects

Hawthornden writing fellowship (2010)
New Writing North Read Regional Award (2012-13)

Key Publications

Tell it to the Bees (Tindal Street, 2009)

A Stone's Throw (Serpent's Tail, 2012)

Further Information

To view my Northumbria Research Link page click here


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