Author details

Beatrice Colin


We are all deeply saddened to hear of Beatrice Colin's passing in February 2019. Beatrice was a gifted writer, musician and creative writing tutor, who will be greatly missed by Scotland's writing community, and beyond. Our thoughts are with Beatrice's family at this difficult time.


Beatrice Colin was born in London, is a novelist/radio dramatist and has written 7 novels (two for children) and numerous plays for BBC Radio 4.

About writer's work

Her new novel, To Capture What We Cannot Keep was published in late 2016/early 2017. Other novels include The Luminous Life of Lilly Aphrodite (2008) which was a Richard and Judy pick and short-listed for several awards including a British Book Award, Pyrates Boy (2013), a novel for children was shortlisted for the Scottish Book Trust Children's Book Award 2015, and My Invisible Sister (2010) was made into a film for TV by Disney. A former journalist, her writing has been published in newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, The Scotsman, Black Book and The List. She teaches creative writing at the University of Strathclyde.

Websites featuring the author

Author WebsiteTo Capture What We Cannot Keep - website

Current events and projects

Readings and workshops with adults and children/young people. 

Other work

Disappearing Act (The Toby Press, 2001); ISBN: 1-902881-40-0 

Nude (The Toby, 2000); ISBN: 1-902881-43-5 

Local authority where they are based


Local authorities where they can work

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian, Other

Age groups

9-12, Teens, Adults

LL funded


BRAW network


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Books written

Book Cover

To Capture What We Cannot Keep

Author(s): Beatrice Colin
In February 1887, Caitriona Wallace and Emile Nouguier meet in a hot air balloon, floating high above Paris - a moment of pure possibility.

Pyrate's Boy

Author(s): Beatrice Colin
'The boy looks about seven or eight years old and should weigh next to nothing. And yet it takes four men to drag him out of the water. We soon realise why.

My Invisible Sister

Author(s): Beatrice Colin
Ten-year-old Frank and his family have moved nine times in eleven years, and Frank has had it. No more new schools or new friends.
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The Songwriter

Author(s): Beatrice Colin
<p>New York, 1916. Monroe Simonov, a song-plugger from Brooklyn, is in love with a Ziegfeld Follies dancer who has left him for California.

The Luminous Life of Lilly Aphrodite

Author(s): Beatrice Colin
As the clock chimed the turn of the twentieth century, Lilly Nelly Aphrodite took her first breath.