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Christian Livermore

Education and Experience

Christian holds a BFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University and an MLitt in Creative Writing with distinction from the University of St Andrews.

Her literary fiction novel ‘And God Watched’ has been short-listed for the Tibor Jones Pageturner Prize, the William Faulkner-William Wisdom first novel award and the James Jones First Novel Fellowship, and long-listed for the Mslexia Novel Competition and the AWP Prize for the Novel. In spring 2014 she received a Santander Research Mobility Scholarship to conduct manuscripts research in Germany. Before coming to St Andrews she worked for ten years as a journalist.

She has tutored on EN2003: Medieval and Renaissance Texts; EN3902: Approaches to Fiction; and the Writing Lab.

Her thesis explores medieval attitudes towards death and the migration of revenant tales from the medieval Church to secular literature. Other research interests include late medieval devotional literature, Church history and theology, and medieval folklore. Her supervisors are Dr Ian Johnson and Mr Jacob Polley.

Publications

Broadcasts

‘The Walking Dead’, BBC Radio Scotland, 29 October 2014. Radio – Featured contributor on 30-minute documentary presented by A.L. Kennedy on historical belief in revenants (the risen dead) in Scotland. Christian was interviewed at Melrose Abbey about tales of revenants recorded by twelfth century chronicler William of Newburgh, and discussed how these tales fit into medieval eschatology, the doctrine of the Resurrection, and lay folkloric belief.

‘The Culture Studio with Janice Forsyth’, BBC Radio Scotland, 27 October 2014. Radio – Interviewed along with writer A.L. Kennedy about documentary ‘The Walking Dead’. Discussed the progression of revenant tales from medieval ecclesiastical accounts through to the Reformation and into modern literature.

Conference Papers 

‘Ded boonys that day shal aryse’: Impact of the Resurrection on revenant tales’, Leeds International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, 7 July 2015

‘The Dead, “Mostly Dead” and “Very Special Dead”’, Medieval and Renaissance Research Group Symposium, University of St Andrews, 8 October 2014

(Don't) Fear the Reaper: Revenants, from the Church to Literature’, Leeds International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, 7-10 July 2014

‘”I know…you do not want to die”: Revenants from the church to literature’, Tenth Annual Medievalism Transformed Conference, University of Wales, Bangor, 6 June 2014

‘Dancing With Death: Writing the Medieval for the Modern Reader’, The Middle Ages in the Modern World conference, St Andrews, 25-28 June 2013

Christian Livermore

Email

cl67@st-andrews.ac.uk

Role

PhD student:
Creative writing/
Medieval literature