Dr Linden Bicket (MA M.Phil PhD AFHEA)

Lecturer in Literature and Religion


In May 2020 I took up the post of Lecturer in Literature and Religion in the School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh, having previously been Senior Teaching Fellow in the School. Before that, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities, also at the University of Edinburgh.

I completed my doctorate on the Catholic imagination of the Orcadian writer George Mackay Brown (1921-1996) at the University of Glasgow in 2012, and my publications to date reflect my inter-disciplinary work in the fields of literature and religion.  I am particularly interested in twentieth-century Catholic fiction and poetry, modern Scottish literature, and children's literature, but my research interests also include patterns of faith and scepticism in literature (and film and theatre) more broadly.

I am responsible for postgraduate tutor support, development, and mentorship in the School, and work closely with tutors throughout the academic year.



Responsibilities & affiliations

I am a member of the newly-formed Scottish Network for Religion and Literature.

External appointments

Assistant Editor for the journal of Scottish Catholic history, Innes Review

Member of Council and Trustee of the Scottish Catholic Historical Association

Associate Member of the St Andrew's Foundation for Catholic Teacher Education

Member of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies

Useful Links

Innes Review - http://www.euppublishing.com/journal/inr

Undergraduate teaching

Scottish Literature and the Religious Imagination

The Bible in Literature

Film, Religion and Ethics

Modern Religious and Ethical Debates in Contemporary Literature

Popular Religion, Women and Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe

Religion, Violence and Peacebuilding

Theatre, Religion and the Search for Peace

Postgraduate teaching

Scottish Literature, Imagination, and Faith

Research summary

The Catholic imagination in twentieth-century British and American fiction and poetry

Patterns of faith and scepticism in literature

Twentieth century and contemporary Scottish Literature

Film and religion

The Bible in literature

Children's literature and religion


Current research interests

Current research focuses on the role of religion in Scottish and British poetry and fiction, particularly of the twentieth century.

Affiliated research centres

View all 12 publications on Research Explorer

Conference details

11 November 2017, Day Conference: 'George Mackay Brown: Spirituality and Community in his Life and Work'. Edinburgh International Centre for Spirituality and Peace.


1-2 February 2018, 'Muriel Spark and Scottish Catholic Fiction', Muriel Spark Cententary Symposium, University of Glasgow.


12 February 2018, 'George Mackay Brown: "To Wonder is to Praise"', St Albert's  Catholic Chaplaincy, University of Edinburgh.


19 April 2018, 'Rough Jottings and Early Shapings: George Mackay Brown in the Archives', Colloquium for the Association for Manuscripts and Archives in Research Collections, National Library of Scotland.


16 May 2018, '"The Knox-ruined nation"? Scottish Catholic Fiction in the Twentieth Century', Literature, Theology and the Arts Network, University of Glasgow.


15 October 2018, '"The Transfiguration of the Commonplace: Scottish Catholic Fiction', Stirling Literary Society.  


4 May 2019, 'The Catholic Imagination of George Mackay Brown', Faith in the North: Reviving Cultures (symposium), Pluscarden Abbey.


14 May 2019, '"Rhythms and Images and Legends Are Everywhere" - George Mackay Brown's Orkney', Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies (seminar paper), University of Glasgow.