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International Writer's Residency

Each year, the School invites a creative writer of international distinction from outside the UK to join the School for several months. During their stay in St Andrews, the writer gives a public reading at the University and occasionally meets with creative writing students, though the primary purpose of the residency is to allow them the opportunity to engage in uninterrupted creative work.

Previous holders of the residency include the Canadian poet Karen Solie, the South African novelist Damon Galgut, the Australian poet Emma Jones, and the acclaimed US novelist Reif Larsen.

Linda SpaldingThe School of English is delighted to announce that our 2016 International Writer in Residence is the celebrated author Linda Spalding.

Linda is a fiction and nonfiction writer whose work often explores world cultures and the clash between contemporary life and traditional beliefs. She has been the recipient of a number of literary awards, including the Governor-General's Literary Award for her novel The Purchase,and the Harbourfront Festival Prize. She has worked as a professor of English and writing at the University of Hawaii, York University, the University of Guelph, Brown University, the University of Toronto and Ryerson University. She lives in Toronto with her husband, Michael Ondaatje.

Linda Spalding is also the author of Who Named the Knife (2007), the true story of the murder trial of Maryann Acker, a teenager sentenced to life in prison for a murder committed while on honeymoon in Hawaii. Her earlier books include the novels Mere (2001) co-authored with her daughter Esta Spalding; The Paper Wife (1996); Daughters of Captain Cook (1989); and the nonfiction book The Follow (1998), about renowned orangutan expert Birute Galdikas.