I am a final year PhD Researcher working on an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award in collaboration with the Saltire Society, Edinburgh. The purpose of this research is to construct a critically assessed history of The Saltire Society’s book awards (which includes Fiction, Non-Fiction, History, Research, Poetry and First Book of the Year Awards). The thesis will consider the Saltire Society’s literary awards within the context of book award culture in general, as well as consider its position within contemporary Scottish literary culture and its influence upon the modern Scottish literary canon.
I am also interested in book and literary award culture more generally, keeping a close eye on developments throughout the UK and internationally. I'm particularly interested in award culture in relation to gender, nationality, publishing history and book promotion and sales. My research interests include literary awards, book history, publishing, book sales and marketing, gender studies and the Saltire society.