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

Chris Arthur

 Chris Arthur

RLF Fellow at the University of Dundee 2019/20

Chris will see students by appointment:

  •  Mondays and Tuesdays
  • 10am – 4pm

Chris dislikes writing blurbs about himself – he explains why in Blurb-Writing Blues – but recognizes that they’re sometimes necessary…

His most recent books are Hummingbirds Between the Pages (2018) and Reading Life (2017). Details can be found here

In addition to his books, Chris publishes in a wide range of journals including: The American Scholar, Antigonish Review, Dalhousie Review, Descant, Hektoen International: a Journal of Medical Humanities, Hotel Amerika, Irish Pages, ISLE – Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, The Literary Review, Mississippi Review, North American Review, Northwest Review, Northwords Now, Orion, Sewanee Review, Southern Review, Southern Humanities Review, Southwest Review, the Threepenny Review, Wasafiri, and World Literature Today. His work has also appeared in The Best American Essays.

Chris was born in Belfast and lived for many years in Northern Ireland. He has worked as a nature reserve warden, TV researcher, schoolteacher and academic. He holds an MA and PhD from the University of Edinburgh. Among his writing prizes are: a Theodore Christian Hoepfner Award, the Monroe K. Spears Essay Prize, the Akegarasu Haya International Essay Prize, Times Higher/Palgrave Macmillan Writing Prize in the YYUH Humanities, and the Gandhi Foundation's Aitchtey Memorial Essay Prize.

This will be Chris’s second RLF Fellowship in Dundee. He was here from 2014-16. He has also been a Fellow at Queen Margaret University, a tutor at the Arvon Foundation’s Ted Hughes Writing Centre, and a visiting writer for several American universities’ MFA programmes.

Bashabi Fraser

Bashabi Fraser Royal Literary Fund fellow 2018

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.