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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

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)


Double Take (a crime novel), We all smile, we all sing (an experimental novel), a potential TV series adaptation for The Killing Jar (pending commission), PhD by published works

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

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