The RLF Fellowship scheme was conceived with the intention of placing professional writers in higher education institutions to offer writing support to all students.

Writing Fellow Appointments

  • Writing Fellows are available to see students from Week 2 until the end of each semester: Semesters 1 and 2.
  • You request an appointment by completing our online form
  • You will be contacted through your University email with details of the time and location of your appointment.

This is a learning opportunity. Their aim is to help you improve your writing skills; they cannot comment on the marking scheme used in your discipline, nor can they edit or proofread your assignments prior to submission - this is not part of their remit. They will however, help you to become a better writer.

About our Writing Fellows

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Joan Lennon

RLF Fellow at University of Dundee 2016 - 19

Joan will see students by appointment:

  • Mondays and Tuesdays
  • 10 am – 4pm

Joan became a full-time writer in 2007 and has recently had her 20th novel published. She writes long and short fiction and poetry for children, young adults and adults. She has taught creative writing through Live Literature Scotland at primary and secondary schools, at Moniack Mhor Writing Centre, and as writer-in-residence for Blairgowrie, Rattray and the Glens. Joan has a keen interest in collaborative work and has taken part in a number of projects with The Writers' Collective 26 and Off the Rails Arthouse, producing poetry in response to museum artefacts, contemporary paintings, landscapes and photographs. Her poetry pamphlet Her Lines, My Lines, in collaboration with artist Kyla Tomlinson, was commissioned by the Bookmark Festival. Joan has edited and done layout for several anthologies showcasing art, poetry and prose, and has judged various writing competitions, including the Pushkin Prize. She has been a Hawthornden Fellow, a Jessie Kesson Fellow and is currently Patron of Reading for Queensferry Primary School.

Joan grew up in Ontario, Canada and moved to Scotland in 1978, working first for a year on Iona and then moving to St Andrews to study for a PhD in English Literature. She has been a music teacher, teaching piano and music theory while her four sons were growing up. She lives in the Kingdom of Fife, overlooking the River Tay, with a fine view of Dundee.

For more information about Joan's writing career see:

Bashabi Fraser Royal Literary Fund fellow 2018Bashabi Fraser

RLF Fellow at University of Dundee 2018 - 19

Bashabi will see students by appointment:

  • Wednesdays and Thursdays
  • 10 am – 4pm

This is Bashabi's second time as an RLF with us, she was previously with us 2012 - 2015. Bashabi is a poet, children’s writer, translator, critic and editor and her research and writing traverse continents, bringing together the flavours of the East and West in a blend that is distinctively her own. Bashabi has authored/edited 21 books and has been widely anthologised (included in over 50 national and international anthologies).

Bashabi has taught Creative Writing as a Professor of English and Creative Writing at Edinburgh Napier University,  at the Arvon Foundation in Moniach Mhor and at The Open University. She has facilitated several  creative writing workshops for Live Literature Scotland in schools, for arts organisations and writing groups. She has been an invited writer/speaker at book and literary festivals and conferences in the UK and globally.

Her recent poetry collections include  The Homing Bird (2017),   Letters to my Mother and Other Mothers (2015),  Ragas & Reels (poems on migration and diaspora , 2012)  From the Ganga to the Tay (an epic poem, 2009) and Tartan & Turban (2004). She has coedited Thali Katori: An Anthology of Scottish & South Asian Poetry (2017, with Alan Riach) and Rainbow World: Poems from Many Cultures (2003, with Debjani Chatterjee). Bashabi is the Founder and Chief Editor of the academic and creative e-journal, Gitanjali and Beyond.

Bashabi’s awards include the 2015 Outstanding Woman of Scotland awarded by Saltire Society, the Word Masala Foundation Award for Excellence in Poetry in 2017, Women Empowered: Arts and Culture Award  in 2010 and the AIO Prize for Literary Services in Scotland in 2009.  She has also received a special felicitation from the Public Relations Society of India as a Poet on International Women's Day in March 2017.

Bashabi is co-founder and Director of the Scottish Centre of Tagore Studies (ScoTs) at Edinburgh Napier University. 

She is on the Executive Committee of ScottishPEN, Writers at Risk (Scotland), the Poetry Association of Scotland (PAS), the Association of Scottish Literary Studies (ASLS), an Ambassador for the Federation of Writers (Scotland) and a Director on the Patrick Geddes Memorial Trust.