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 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

I teach on the following undergraduate courses:

Scottish Literature and the Religious Imagination

The Bible in Literature

Film, Religion and Ethics

Religion and Ethics in Literature

Postgraduate teaching

Scottish Literature, Imagination, and Faith

Issues of Religion and Ethics in Literature

Literature and Religion: Exploring the Connections

Approaches to Research: Religion and Literature

Religious Identity through Story 

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


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

The Bible in literature

Theology and the arts

Children's literature and religion


Current research interests

Current research focuses on Catholic women's writing of the twentieth century.

Affiliated research centres

View all 19 publications on Research Explorer

In the press

I am a regular contributor to BBC Radio Scotland's 'Thought for the Day' segment, and often appear on BBC Radio Scotland's 'Sunday Morning With...' programme. I also contribute to 'Prayer for the Day' and 'The Daily Service' on BBC Radio 4.