Creative Writing Academic Staff

School of English

John Burnside

John Burnside

Professor of English

After working in computer systems analysis for a decade, John Burnside became a full-time writer in 1994. John has published 14 books of poetry, eight novels, two memoirs, and a short story collection. Read more . . . 

Robert Crawford

Robert Crawford

Professor of English

Born in Lanarkshire, Robert Crawford studied and taught at Glasgow and Oxford, moving to St Andrews in 1989. He has published six collections of poetry and over two dozen other books. Read more . . . 

Oliver Emanuel

Oliver Emanuel

Lecturer in Creative Writing

Oliver Emanuel was born in Kent, England. He studied English/Theatre Studies at the University of Leeds before going on to complete a MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia in 2002. Read more . . . 

Lesley Glaister

Lesley Glaister

Lecturer in English

Lesley Glaister is the author of 13 novels including Honour Thy Father, which won both a Somerset Maugham and a Betty Trask Award; Limestone and Clay, which won Yorkshire Post’s Author of the Year . . . read more . . . 

Zinnie Harris

Zinnie Harris

Senior Lecturer in Playwriting

Zinnie Harris splits her time between St Andrews where she is Senior Lecturer in playwriting and screenwriting and the Traverse Theatre Edinburgh, where she is the Associate Director.  Read more . . .

Oli Hazzard

Oli Hazzard

Lecturer in Creative Writing 

Oli Hazzard received his BA from University College London, his MA from Bristol and his D.Phil from Oxford for a thesis on John Ashbery. His first collection of poems, Between Two Windows  . . . read more . . . 

Reif Larsen

Reif Larsen

International Writer in Residence

Larsen studied at Brown University, and has taught at Columbia University, where he received an MFA in fiction. He is also a filmmaker, and has made documentaries in the US, the UK, and . . . read more . . . 

Dr Emma Jones

Emma Jones

Lecturer in Creative Writing

Emma Jones received her B.A. (Hons) from the University of Sydney and her Ph.D. from Cambridge for a thesis on Christina Rossetti. Her first collection of poems …Read more…

Don Paterson

Don Paterson

Professor of English

Don Paterson was born in Dundee in 1963. He is the author of Nil Nil (1993), winner of the Forward Prize for Best First Collection; God’s Gift to Women (1997), winner of both the T. S. Eliot Prize and . . . read more . . . 

Notable Alumni