Kirsty J Gunn

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Professor of Creative Writing



Kirsty Gunn, BA (Hons), M.Phil. was educated at Victoria University and is the author of five novels - Rain, The Keepsake, Featherstone, The Boy and the Sea, and The Big Music, - extended essay and short stories about identity and Katherine Mansfield Thorndon, as well as a collection of short stories, This Place you Return to is Home, and 44 Things, a collection of essays, fragments and stories. She is the recipient of a number of awards and prizes including the Scottish Arts Council Bursary for Literature, the New York Times Notable Book award and, in 2007, Sundial Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year. Her latest novel was shortlisted for the James Tait Black and Impac Awards and was a Guardian Book of the Year and winner of the New Zealand Book of the Year.

Her latest collection of short stories, "Infidelities", published in November 2014, has been awarded the Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2015 and was also shortlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. She is published by Faber and Faber and internationally, and her work has been made into films, theatre, dance and widely broadcast.

She has previously taught Creative Writing at Oxford University and at a number of writing seminars and schools. She lives in London and Scotland with her husband and two young daughters.

Further information about Kirsty is available on her website at

AHRC funded studentships are available in Kirsty's research area - more details

Selected Publications

Selected Publications

Thorndon (Wellington, New Zealand: BWB Books, 2014)

The Big Music (London: Faber, 2012)

44 Things: A Year of Life at Home (London: Atlantic, 2007), xiii + 326 pp.

The Boy and the Sea (London: Faber, 2006), 140 pp.

Featherstone (London: Faber, 2002), 256 pp.

This Place You Return to is Home (London: Granta, 1999), 208 pp.

The Keepsake (London: Granta, 1997), 213 pp.

Rain (London: Faber, 1994), 95 pp.

Prizes & Awards

Prizes & Awards

2015 Edge Hill Short Story Prize (Infidelities)
2013 New Zealand Post Book of the Year (The Big Music)
2007 Scottish Book of the Year (The Boy and the Sea)
2007 Sundial Scottish Arts Council Fiction Book of the Year (The Boy and the Sea)
2003 Scottish Arts Council Writer's Bursary
2001 Scottish Arts Council Award
2001 Scottish Arts Council Writer's Bursary
1994 London Arts Board Literature Award (Rain)
(and various European awards for books in translation)

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