Wayne Price is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing. His teaching and scholarship specialisms are in 20th century American poetry and fiction, and he has published widely in the UK, Ireland, the US and Australia. He has won numerous national and international awards for fiction and poetry and has twice been a finalist in the Manchester International Poetry Prize (2013 and 2014), one of the UK's richest poetry awards. His short story collection Furnace (Freight Books, 2012) was longlisted for the Frank O'Connor Prize and nominated for the Saltire Scottish First Book of the Year.
He was awarded a BA in English from the University of Wales Aberystwyth in 1987 and a PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 1991. He contributes teaching to a number of Honours courses in modern literature and all modules on the MLitt in Creative Writing. He is currently the Undergraduate Programme Coordinator for English and Creative Writing at Aberdeen.
His most recent full-length publications are a novel, Mercy Seat (Freight Books, 2015) and a pamphlet collection of poetry, Fossil Record (Smith|Doorstop, 2015), one of Carol Ann Duffy's four 'Laureate's Choices'. His story 'Everyone's the Same Inside' appears in Best European Fiction 2017 (Dalkey Press).
Recently supervised PhDs include: 'A Wilder Tree': A creative exploration of postmemory and its function between women within the dynamic of a patriarchal family; ‘Of the Devil’s Party’: A Research Study and Creative Reimagining of Folk-Tale Archetypes and ‘Devil’s Bargains’ as a Method of Narrative Engagement with the Tensions and Complexities of Contemporary Scottish Identity; 'Orra though It Be': A North-East Short Story Collection and Exegesis; Vestiges of the Vampire: A Creative Exploration of Gothic Transgression in Modern Lesbian Poetry; Poetry, Accuracy and Truth: A New Translation with Exegesis of Rognavaldir's Skaldic Verse; and 'Into the Life of Things': A Creative Exploration of Nature in Poetry since Romanticism.
Currently supervised PhDs: 'Border Silence': A Creative Exploration of Transcultural Lives in the Mediterranean; The Menace of Memory: Transgenerational Haunting of the Queer Adolescent in Australian YA Fiction; Echoes of War: A Creative Exploration in Fiction of Traumatic Memories in the Aftermath of the Spanish Civil War
Internal Memberships and Affiliations
Chair of the English Department Meeting
Undergraduate Programme Coordinator, English and Creative Writing
Co-Director, The WORD Centre for Creative Writing
SGSAH Grant Holder for the PhD project ‘Of the Devil’s Party’: A Research Study and Creative Reimagining of Folk-Tale Archetypes and ‘Devil’s Bargains’ as a Method of Narrative Engagement
with the Tensions and Complexities of Contemporary Scottish Identity (Lily Greenall)
EL5567 Creative Writing: Fiction
EL40YC Kingdom of the Mad: Self & Place in 20th Century American Poetry
EL40XX Creative Writing: The Writer's Voice
EL35YB Creative Writing: Creativity & Craft (team taught)
EL1009 Acts of Reading (team taught)
My research takes the form of original writing in prose fiction and poetry. Selected recent publications include:
Fossil Record (Smith|Doorstop, in press for publication May 2015)
'Sergeant Pepper, Sunshine Superman' (short story), in Edinburgh Review Issue 141 (2015)
Mercy Seat (Freight Books, 2015)
Five Poems and biographical feature in The North Issue 53 (Winter 2014)
A selection of poems in CAST: The Poetry Business Book of New Contemporary Poets (Smith|Doorstop, 2014)
Four Poems in Northwords Now Issue 28 (Autumn 2014)
Two prizewinning poems in The Fish Anthology (Fish Publishing, 2013)
'The Boys of Summer' (short story), in Gutter Issue 10 (2014)
Furnace (Freight Books, 2012)
Granite Sound, a soundscape project by Professor Pete Stollery and Dr Suk-Jun Kim:
Research Funding and Grants
In 2011 I was awarded a Creative Scotland/Scottish Book Trust New Writer Award towards the completion of a second collection of short stories set in south Wales during the miners' strike.
EL5567 Creative Writing: Fiction (Convenor)
EL5095 Creative Writing: Non-fiction prose (team taught)
EL40YC Kingdom of the Mad: Self & Place in 20th Century American Poetry (Convenor)
EL40XX Creative Writing: The Writer's Voice (Convenor)
EL3009 American Innovations: 19th and 20th Century American Literature (team taught)
EL35YB Creative Writing: Creativity & Craft (Convenor, team taught)
EL1009 Acts of Reading (Convenor, team taught)
EL1513 Controversial Classics (team taught)