Mrs Nicola Valentine

Job: Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Humanities

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: 0116 250 6177




Personal profile

I'm novelist, script and short story writer. My latest book is a crime novel set in Nottingham called Dead Flowers. My previous novels include The Killing Jar, Starfishing, The Okinawa Dragon and The Troll trilogy. I've won a Betty Trask Award, The Authors' Club Best First Novel prize and the Waverton Good Read, as well as a Nottingham Creative Business Award. My short films have starred Brendan Coyle, Steven Arnold and Abigail Hamilton. I also wrote a chapter of the award winning graphic novel Dawn of the Unread

Research group affiliations

Institute of English

Publications and outputs

Dead Flowers (Verve), 2019 (novel)

Memories (Farewell my lovely, UEA crime writers), 2019 

Bare (Council Child/Anderson Shelter), 2018 (short film)

Margie's Garden (Council Child/Anderson Shelter), 2017 (short film)

The Ten O'Clock Horses in Strange Fortune (Knightwatch Press), 2016 (short story)

The Troll Trilogy, three novellas (Blue Morpho), 2015-2016 

The Night Lingers, short story collection (Blue Morpho), 2015 

Starcross (Council Child), 2015 (short film)

Psychos in Dawn of the Unread (James Walker and Co), 2014 (graphic short story)

Professionalising Writers (NAWE), 2013 (article)

Possessed (Sphere), 2012 (novel)

The Doll's House (Sphere) 2012 (short story)

The Night Lingers (Lincolnshire Echo), 2011 (short story)

The Haunted (Sphere), 2010 (novel)

Sunday Night and Tuesday Morning (Granta), 2010 (article) 

The Bothy (Leftlion), 2011 (short story)

Ghost Walk (Battered Suitcase), 2010 (short story)

Belmont Nights (33, Glasshouse publications), 2010 (short story)

Numeracy Hour (The Book of Numbers, Imprimata), 2009 (short story)

A Higher State of Consciousness (Finding a Voice, Imprimata), 2008 (prose poem)

Working with an agent (The Writers' Handbook), 2008 (article)

Starfishing (Chatto, Vintage, Scribner), 2008 (novel)

Anarchy in the City (Leftlion), 2008

I believe in Myrica (3D, Launderette Publications), 2007 (flash fiction)

My lying ex-boyfriends (Guardian), 2007 (article)

The Baby Maker (Cool Brittania, Wagenbach, ed AL Kennedy), 2006 (short story)

Metamorphosis (Launderette Publications), 2006 (short story)

Flyboats (Sunday Night and Monday Morning, Five Leaves), 2006 

The Killing Jar (Chatto and Windus, Vintage, Scribner), 2006 .

Estate Life (Telegraph), 2006 (article)

Book of Lifetime: Paris Trance (Independent), 2006 (article) 

Misconceptions (Pulp), 2004 (short story)

Becoming a novelist (NAWE), 2004 (case study)






Key research outputs

Dead Flowers (Verve), 2019 

The Troll (Blue Morpho), 2015 

Starfishing (Chatto, VIntage, Scribner), 2008 

The Killing Jar (Chatto, Vintage, Scribner), 2006 

Research interests/expertise

Creative Writing, Fiction, Crime Fiction, Working-Class Fiction, Script Writing

Areas of teaching

Fiction, Genre Fiction, Memoir, Script Writing


BA Mathematics (York), MA Writing (NTU), MA Fiction - Crime Writing (UEA), Certificate of Research Supervision

Courses taught

BA Creative Writing, MA Creative Writing, PhD Creative Writing

Honours and awards

Betty Trask Award, Authors' Club Best First Novel Award, Waverton Good Read, Nottingham Creative Business Award. Shortlisted for: The UEA/Little Brown Crime Writing Award, The Reading Desk Book of the Month, The Goss First Novel Award

Membership of external committees

Reading Committee, Authors' Club Best First Novel Award 2008-2010. Nottingham Literacy Working Group, NUSA, 2010-2012

Membership of professional associations and societies

The Authors' Club, Society of Authors (since 2007) NAWE (since 2006)


Flyboats (a literary novel), Wish you were here (a crime novel, second in the Sian Love series),  a potential TV series adaptation for The Killing Jar (pending commission), PhD by published works

Conference attendance

National Association of Writers in Education, 2019: Professional Skills for a Revolution. Presenting the work done on our professional writing skills module in facilitating the production of student publications 

Whatever Happened to the Working Class, Institute of English Studies, 2015: Creative presentation with Kathy Bell 

National Association of Writers in Education, 2013. Professionalising Writers. Presentation with Pippa Hennessy, a student on the course, about the professional content of the BA Creative and Professional Writing at the University of Nottingham 

Consultancy work

Writing in the workplace, Y

Current research students

Julian Pinnock, a novel about Bedlam/the life of JMW Turner, Mira Ho, a horror novel/portmanteau