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Area of academic expertise - outline

David Manderson is a writer and researcher who explores the contexts and connections of creative writing in all its forms. His own writing includes novels, short stories, poetry and screenplays while his research investigates the social and cultural contexts of the art and practice of writing. It includes work on adapting for the screen, dementia studies, mental health and writing retreats, 'Scottish Miserablism', the philosophies of walking and Scottish literature, both literary and film. He has published widely in Scotland and internationally and has won a Scottish Arts Council New Writers' Award and the Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship.

David has a PhD from Strathclyde University (Lost Bodies: an Original Novel with a Critical Introduction: Lost Bodies/Social Critique), a Masters in Creative Writing from Glasgow/Strathclyde Universities and an MA (Hons) in English Language and Literature from the University of St Andrews. He also has postgraduate qualifications in Screenwriting and Academic Supervision. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Current research activities

His current research activities include the continuation of his creative writing and further exploration of his interests in mental health, politics and peace, adapting for the screen and the internationalisation of literary culture.


Desired research direction

To continue investigating how experience informs and is informed by knowledge, especially through phenomenology, and the ways in which this intertwining - itself a form of development - is expressed through different forms of writing.

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

Novel development, writing retreats, project management of creative work, mentoring of creative work, adaptations from archive and found sources, screenwriting.


External positions

Chair, Writers for Peace committee, Scottish PEN

31 Mar 2018 → …

Convenor, 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 2018

Expedition: Film-poem (with Samantha Hendrie)

Manderson, D. & Hendrie, S. 2018

Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

Open Access
animated film

'Someone Always Robs the Poor' by Carl MacDougall

Manderson, D. 31 Mar 2018 In : Laldy. 1, p. 119-120 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

The End of the World: extract from a new novel

Manderson, D. 31 Mar 2018 In : Laldy. 1, 1, p. 87-92 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


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 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter



Manderson, D. 3 Nov 2016

Research output: Non-textual formWeb publication/site

Open Access
George Orwell


Highly Commended (Wordstock Festival)

David Manderson (Recipient), 13 Oct 2016

Prize: National/international honour

George Orwell

National Television (Student) Award

David Manderson (Recipient), 31 Jan 2018

Prize: National/international honour

television award
animated film
art student

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)

Robert Louis Stevenson

Activities 2013 2019

Great Writing

Manderson, D. (Invited speaker)
6 Jul 20197 Jul 2019

Activity: Participation in conference

Great Writing

Manderson, D. (Invited speaker)
6 Jul 20197 Jul 2019

Activity: Participation in conference

Writers for Peace, Readers' Event

Manderson, D. (Contributor)
23 Oct 2018

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

Chair, Writers for Peace committee

Manderson, D. (Chair)
21 Jan 2018 → …

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

Writers' for Peace Readers' Event

Manderson, D. (Chair)
3 Jul 2018

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


cultural economy