Dr Jane Alexander

Senior 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) was published in January 2020, and her short story collection with accompanying essay, The Flicker Against the Light and Writing the Contemporary Uncanny, was published by Luna Academia in 2021. Her short fiction has won prizes and been widely published. 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 Core Courses 1 & 2. MSc Creative Writing Dissertation. 

Edinburgh Futures Institute: Writing Speculative Fiction 

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Current PhD students supervised

Robin Brown (Creative Writing: prose fiction)

Alex Penland (Creative Writing: prose fiction)

Lexi Angelo (Creative Writing: prose fiction)

Simon West (Creative Writing: prose fiction - co-supervision)

Current research interests

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