Dr Jane Alexander

Lecturer in Creative Writing


Jane Alexander is a novelist and short story writer. Her first novel The Last Treasure Hunt (Saraband, 2015) was selected as a Waterstones debut of the year; her second novel A User's Guide to Make-Believe (Allison & Busby) is forthcoming in January 2020. Her short fiction has won prizes and been widely published, and her first short story collection will be published in 2021. She is the recipient of a Scottish Arts Council New Writers Bursary and a Creative Scotland research award, and in 2016 was awarded a Hawthornden International Writing Retreat Fellowship. Jane joined the department in 2017, and in 2018 she completed a creative writing PhD on the contemporary uncanny in short fiction, funded by Northumbria University. Jane is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Postgraduate teaching

MSc Creative Writing (Prose Fiction)

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Current research interests

Jane's research interests include contemporary uncanny fiction; science and technology in fiction; interdisciplinary collaborations in creative writing, visual arts and medical humanities.   

Project activity

Jane is currently completing a collection of short stories about uncanny science and technology, Small Objects and Other Stories (w.t.) and a novel about virtual realities, A User's Guide to Make-Believe.