Personal profile

Area of academic expertise - outline

I'm interested in all aspects of creative writing in its widest sense (including academic writing). My practice continues to consist mostly of prose but I've also written screenplays, drama and poetry. I'm interested in interdisciplinary crossovers with art, music, health, and sociology.

As well as research interests in the Gothic, the First World War, dementia studies and psychogeography, I'm involved with community literary events in and around Paisley and the international promotion of Scottish literature.

My first novel was awarded a PhD: my second and third are in preparation. I was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship in November 2017,  


Current research activities

Walking and writing, dementia, the 'Glasgow Effect', psychogeography, electronic poetry, creative community.


Desired research direction


Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

Novel development, writing retreats, project management of creative work, mentoring.

Target Collaborative Companies:

Scottish Book Trust

Creative Scotland

Dementia Scotland

Target Collaborative Organisations

Scottish PEN/PEN International


Association of Scottish Literary Studies


Education / Academic qualification

University of the West of Scotland


University of the West of Scotland


University of Strathclyde


University of Glasgow


University of Glasgow


University of St Andrews


External positions

Chair, International Committee, Association of Scottish Literary Studies

21 Nov 2017 → …

External Examiner, University of Strathclyde

15 Jun 201628 Sep 2016

Executive Committee, Scottish PEN

30 Aug 2015 → …


2015 → …

External Examiner, UHI

30 Sep 201330 Sep 2016


  • PE English
  • creative writing
  • literature

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Research Output 2009 2016

Making the Ordinary Extraordinary: Collaborative Wayfaring and Creating Writing

Barrett, L. & Manderson, D. 1 May 2016 Exploring Creative Writing: Voices from the Creative Writing International Great Writing Conference (2016). Harper, G. (ed.). London: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, p. 49-66

Research output: ResearchChapter

The Hidden Highlander: The Noctes Ambrosianae and the Highlands

Manderson, D. 2015 Gael and Lowlander in Scottish Literature: Cross-Currents in Nineteenth Century Scottish Literature. MacLachlan, C. & Renton, R. W. (eds.). 1 ed. Glasgow: Association of Scottish Literary Studies, Vol. 20, (Occasional Papers Series)

Research output: Research - peer-reviewChapter

The Glass Half Full: Moving Beyond Scottish Miserablism

Manderson, D. & Yule, E. Jul 2014 Edinburgh: Luath . 144 p.

Research output: ResearchBook


Union Rules

Manderson, D. 2013 5 p.Glasgow : Association for Scottish Literary Studies

Research output: ResearchOther contribution

Best Man

Manderson, D. 2012 The PotHole Press. 45 p.

Research output: ResearchBook


Highly Commended (Wordstock Festival)

David Manderson (Recipient), 13 Oct 2016

Prize: National/international honour

New Writers' Bursary

David Manderson (Recipient), 14 Sep 2001

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship

David Manderson (Recipient), 25 May 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2015 2017

"The Braes o' Gleniffer" Reading

Manderson, D. (Examiner)
31 May 2017

Activity: Types of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminar

Scotswrite Conference

Manderson, D. (Organiser)
22 Sep 201724 Sep 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

Reader for William McIlvanney Prize

Manderson, D. (Reviewer)
10 Sep 2017

Activity: Types of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

Chairing Aye Write panel

Manderson, D. (Speaker)
11 Mar 2017

Activity: Types of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation