Bibliotherapy in Action.

Bibliotherapy in Action.

Issued: Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:40:00 BST

Lorna is researching the role of women in contemporary Scottish and Scandinavian crime fiction with a particular focus on texts written by female authors and the way in which their female characters have transformed this genre of fiction.  Drawing on a combination of interdisciplinary resources including literary texts from Scottish and Scandinavian authors, and research from Publishing Studies and Gender and Feminist Studies at Stirling University, she aims to produce a novel that imagines a Scottish society, driven predominantly by women, and investigate whether the outcomes of crimes would differ from current trends in contemporary Scotland.

Lorna worked with two other AHRC funded students to bid for funding to hold a workshop on bibliotherapy methods and resources at Glasgow Womens’ Library, one of SGSAH’s founding supporter organisations.  ‘Read, Write and Grow’ was a one-day training event hosted by the GWL’s reader-in-residence Magi Gibson.  Its purpose was to introduce participants to lateral thinking and a range of ideas of ways in which creative texts can be used for personal and team growth.  The training included practical group teaching and facilitating skills to participants keen to gain confidence to teach during their doctoral research.

Through connections made with another AHRC cohort member at the Future Research Leaders’ training events, Lorna applied for SDF funding to support her to undertake an internship working with Women’s Aid East and Midlothian.  To prepare her for this work she undertook further bibliotherapy training, again funded through the DTP. 

Lorna’s work with Women’s Aid East and Midlothian allowed her to put the skills she had gained through her SDF and CDF training into practice in a community setting.   She established a Storycafe with a group of survivors of domestic abuse, creating a ‘reading group with a difference’, and facilitated a creative writing workshop.

Creating a safe and friendly environment to explore reading and writing helped the group to produce a piece of creative writing, ‘Dangerous Women’, which was shortlisted for the Write to End Violence Against Women Awards 2016.  The group was invited to the awards ceremony which took place in the Scottish Parliament.  Their work can be found online via this link: