Author details

Linda Cracknell


I was born in the Netherlands and grew up in the south of England. Having made Scotland my home since 1990, I now live amongst the hills in Highland Perthshire. I have previously been a teacher of English in Zanzibar, worked for environmental charity WWF as Education Officer, and was writer-in-residence at Hugh MacDiarmid’s last home, Brownsbank Cottage, near Biggar from 2002-5. I have been writer in residence at the Edinburgh Sick Kids Hospital since July 2012.

About writer's work

My first love as a writer has been short fiction and my stories have been widely anthologised and broadcast on BBC Radio. I have two published collections of short stories: Life Drawing (2000) and The Searching Glance (2008). I have also written a number of plays, abridgments and adaptations for BBC Radio Four. In 2009, Two Ravens Press published A Wilder Vein, for which I was Editor - an anthology of non-fiction writing about wild places in Britain and Ireland including contributions from Sara Maitland, Raja Shehadeh and Andrew Greig. My first novel, Call of the Undertow, set on the rugged coast of Caithness was published in 2013. After winning a Creative Scotland Award in 2007, I undertook a major project linking walking, writing and memory, resulting in a non-fiction book Doubling Back: Ten Paths Trodden in Memory in 2014 which was made Radio 4’s Book of the Week.

Awards: 1998, Macallan/Scotland on Sunday Short Story Competition, winner with Life Drawing 1999, Macallan/Scotland on Sunday Short Story Competition, shortlisted with "Mother’s Boy" 2001, Saltire First Book of the Year Award, shortlisted for Life Drawing (the short story collection) 2007, Creative Scotland Award; Doubling Back – shortlisted for Robin Jenkins Literary Award 2009.

Websites featuring the author

Website | Freight Books | Walking Highlands | Talking Walking | All Write Kreative Kids

Current events and projects

I have tutored many writing courses and workshops including for the Arvon Foundation, and facilitated creative writing as part of a number of major school projects, from learning about constellations to devising interpretation for a long-distance footpath. I have been writer-in-residence at Edinburgh’s Sick Kids Hospital since 2012. My teaching in 2014 included workshops in Aberdeen’s schools as part of their Arts Across Learning Festival, using original Jacobite testimonies from the City’s Archives, and a residential week course for adults at Almassera Vella in Spain on ‘Walking and Writing’.


Local authority where they are based

Perth and Kinross

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

Age groups

5-8, 9-12, Teens, Adults

LL funded


BRAW network


Author type

Playwright, Writer



Books written

Ten Paths Trodden in Memory

Author(s): Linda Cracknell
Doubling Back is a fascinating and moving account of walking in the footsteps of others. In 1952 Linda Cracknell s father embarked on a hike through the Swiss Alps.

Call of the Undertow

Author(s): Linda Cracknell
When Maggie Thame, a childless forty-something from Oxford, relocates to a remote village at Scotland's most northern edge, it's clear she's running away.

A Wilder Vein

Author(s): Linda Cracknell
Edited by Linda Cracknell. 'Here is a book in which 18 writers – poets, novelists, anthropologists and natural historians – visit the uninhabited regions of our crowded little archipelago and

The Searching Glance

Author(s): Linda Cracknell
‘The Searching Glance’ is the long-awaited second collection from one of Scotland’s leading short story writers.

Life Drawing

Author(s): Linda Cracknell
This collection takes its title from Linda Cracknell's first short story, written in 1998, which won the Macallan/Scotland on Sunday award.