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Dilys Rose

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Contact: [email protected]
Local authority: Edinburgh City
Languages: English, Scots
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Dilys Rose is a novelist, short story writer, poet and librettist, and also enjoys collaborating with visual artists, composers and scientists.  She has published twelve books. Novels include Pelmanism (2014) and Unspeakable (2017): short story collections include Red Tides (1993), War Dolls (1998) and Sea Fret (2022); poetry includes Bodywork (2007) and Stone the Crows (2020). Awards and fellowships include: the Macallan/Scotland on Sunday Short Story Award, two Scottish Arts Council Book Awards, a Society of Authors’ Travel Award, the McCash poetry prize, a Unesco/City of Literature Fellowship and a Leverhulme Fellowship.  She has been shortlisted for the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year Award, the McVitie’s Scottish Writer of the Year, the SAC/Sundial Award, nominated for the Impac Prize and long-listed for Not the Booker Prize.
She has nearly 20 years of experience in teaching creative writing at postgraduate level, most recently as programme director of the online Master's programme at the University of Edinburgh. She has held three Writer in Residence posts, two of which were community residencies, in Mid and East Lothian, and in Castlemilk Library.  She has extensive experience as a creative writing tutor for all ages and stages.

Local authorities can visit

Dundee; East Lothian; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Perth and Kinross; Scottish Borders; Stirling; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Mentoring; Panel event; Reading; Talk; Workshop

Topics of work

Contemporary fiction; Historical fiction

Age groups published for

Children; Adults

Age groups can work with

15-18; 18+

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100