Centre Directors and Members

Centre Directors and Members
Centre Directors

Co-Director Dr Helen Lynch is Reader in Early Modern Literature and Creative Writing. Her publications include The Elephant and the Polish Question (Bluechrome, 2009) and Milton and the Politics of Public Speech, (Ashgate, 2015). Her second collection of stories, Tea for the Rent Boy, completed with the help of a Writers’ Bursary from Creative Scotland, was published in 2018. 

Co-Director Dr Wayne Price is Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing. His publications include a short story collection, Furnace (Freight Books, 2012), nominated for the Saltire First Book of the Year, poetry, Fossil Record (Smith/Doorstop, 2015), and a novel, Mercy Seat (Freight Books, 2015), long-listed for the Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize. His short stories have been widely published in UK and international magazines and anthologies, including Best European Fiction 2017.  

Mr Alan Warner is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing. He is the author of acclaimed novels Morvern Callar (1995), adapted for the screen by Lynne Ramsay (2002), These Demented Lands (1997), and The Sopranos (1998), adapted for stage and screen (National Theatre of Scotland, 2015; Michael Caton-Jones, 2019). Recent works include The Deadman's Pedal (2013), and Their Lips Talk of Mischief (2015). Twice winner of the Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year Award (1995, 2002), he brings to the Centre his knowledge of stage and screen adaptation of his own and others’ work. 

Dr David Wheatley is Reader in English and Creative Writing. In 2017, David Wheatley published his collection The President of Planet Earth in UK and American editions, with Carcanet and Wake Forest University Press, and also a volume of translations, Foreign News, from the Irish-language poetry of Aifric Mac Aodha. Since then he has published in a number of poetry pamphlets, including one with former Aberdeen University student Ollie Tong’s Glyph Press. He has featured in the pan-European anthology Grand Tour (2019) and recently had a poem in the New York Review of Books. 

Honorary and Associated Fellows

The Centre’s twelve Honorary Fellows actively engage budding writers and diverse audiences. Through the Centre’s ’Mapping-the-North-East’ and ’Creative Compositions’ projects, they have been able to focus on young-people/adult groups from local areas sometimes described as culturally excluded and economically deprived. 

Affiliated Staff

Affiliated Staff are actively involved in collaborations such as the Five Irish Writers Series, Wirds an Soons, and WORD related events during May Festival. They include: 


Helen Lynch, The Elephant and the Polish Question, and Other Stories. Bluechrome, 2009. Short story collection. 

Helen Lynch, Tea for the Rent Boy. Wild Harbour, 2018. Short story collection. Review

Wayne Price, Furnace. 2012. Short story collection. 

Wayne Price, Mercy Seat. Freight, 2015. Novel. 

Wayne Price, Fossil Record, Smith/Doorstop, 2015. Poetry collection. Review

Alan Spence, Night Boat. 2014. Novel

Alan Spence, No Nothing (Aberdeen University Press, 2015). Play. Performed at Òran Mór, Glasgow, and The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen, commissioned as part of A Play, A Pie & A Pint, with Aberdeen Performing Arts.

David Wheatley, The President of Planet Earth. Carcanet, 2017. Poetry collection.

David Wheatley, The Reed Bunting Unseen: A Camouflage Garden for Ian Hamilton Finlay (Wildhoney Press, 2014). Poetry collection.

Sheena Blackhall, The Space Between: New and Selected Poems, ed. by Alan Spence. Aberdeen University Press, 2014. 

Sheena Blackhall, ‘The Owersetts’: series of Doric translations of classics and children’s literature, including Fey Case o Dr Jekyll & mR h, O Mice & Men, and Jean Eyre (all Evertype, 2018). 

Sheena Blackhall's poetry appears in numerous poetry pamphlets.

Ian Crockatt, Crimsoning the Eagle’s Claw: the Viking poems of Rǫgnvaldr Kali Kolsson, Earl of Orkney. Arc, 2014.

Ian Crockatt, The Song Weigher: complete poems of Egill Skallagrimsson, tenth century Viking and Skald. Arc, 2017.

Martin Malone, The Unreturning. Shoestring Press, 2019. Poetry collection. 

Martin Malone, Mr Willett’s Summertime, 2017. Poetry collection. 

Martin Malone, Cur. Shoestring Press, 2016. Poetry collection.