Author details

Lucy Ribchester


I grew up in Fife and now live in Edinburgh. I studied English at St Andrews and later moved to London where I gained a Masters in Shakespearean Studies from Kings College London and Shakespeare’s Globe.

I write novels and short stories and work as a dance and circus journalist during the Edinburgh festival. I’m also a CELTA trained English teacher and used to teach ESOL for Edinburgh Council. I’ve facilitated creative writing workshops in schools and taught a 10-week creative writing programme for the Stepping Stones group at Royston Wardieburn Community Centre, an organisation who support young mothers and help them to develop new skills.

I love talking about writing and books with readers and writers. Having volunteered as a literacies tutor for Edinburgh Council, I find engaging new readers one of the most rewarding things a writer can do.

About writer's work

My novels and short stories are mainly historical and I’m interested in narratives of female resilience and adventure from the past. I’ve set work in the Edwardian period, World War II, the 17th and 18thcenturies and in speculative worlds that are a mix of research and imagination.

My dance, circus and travel journalism strongly informs the worlds and characters I create. I love creating physical and sensory texture in work, trying to bring the body and the past to life in fiction.

In 2013 I won a New Writers Award and in 2015 was shortlisted for the Costa Short Story Award for my story The Glassblower’s Daughter. My short fiction hasappeared in journals Valve, Dactyl, Vintage Script, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, and Prole, and has been performed at Liars’ League London, Illicit Ink and Rally & Broad.

As part of my Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award I was mentored by Linda Cracknell.

Websites featuring the author

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Current events and projects

I’m available for readings, residencies, workshops and events.

I’ve taught workshops on themes in my own work and on jump-starting creative writing for those new to it or looking to further their skills. I recently taught at Tyne & Esk Writers group and Write Like A Grrrl and am leading workshops at the forthcoming Grrrl Con! Conference.

Other work

I judged the Glasgow Women’s Library Bold Types short story and poetry competition in 2015 and as part of the prize mentored the short story winner. I also recently collaborated with the Scottish Refugee Council to team up with Fatima Mohammed, a footballer and Sudanese refugee based in Glasgow, to write her story for the Scottish Book Trust’s Journeys anthology.

I’ve taken part in book festivals including Bloody Scotland, EIBF, Coastword, Literary Dundee, Aye Write! and Harrogate Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, and am happy reading and discussing my work in front of an audience. I’ve also appeared a few times on Janice Forsyth’s Culture Studio on BBC Radio Scotland, talking about my own writing and as a guest circus critic. In 2016 I took part in the launch of Edinburgh University’s Dangerous Women project where I sat on a panel discussing the topic of dangerous women.


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, Other1, Outer Hebrides, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian

Age groups

Teens, Adults

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Books written

The Amber Shadows

Author(s): Lucy Ribchester
On a delayed train, deep in the English countryside, two strangers meet. It is 1942 and they are both men of fighting age, though neither is in uniform.

The Hourglass Factory

Author(s): Lucy Ribchester
Frankie George is trying to make a living in the cutthroat world of Edwardian journalism.