Anne M Scriven is a writer of narrative non-fiction. She holds a PhD in Scottish Literature — a field she also lectured in — and has been an Honorary Fellow for Scottish Cultural Studies at the University of Strathclyde. She was series editor for the publishing company of Kennedy & Boyd and was instrumental in bringing various Scottish literature titles back into print. In 2010, Anne produced a new annotated edition of Kirsteen by Margaret Oliphant (the focus of her doctoratal studies), published by the Association for Scottish Literary Studies (ASLS). She left academia to become a freelance writer.
The fruit of this new life came in the form of her first book, Learning To Listen: Life and a Nervous Dog, based upon her experience of rehoming a rescue dog and rediscovering her identity outside of academia. This was followed by Provenance: Tales of A Bookshop in 2015. The stories were drawn (allegedly) from her experiences of working in a second-hand bookshop in a small town in the west of Scotland. Her latest book, Cadences: Notes from an Ordinary Life, was published in October 2017. All titles are published by Kennedy and Boyd. She is working on another title: To Talk of Many Things (EPD, Autumn 2020).
Anne was the proprietor of a quality secondhand book business, Ardgowan Books, which operated every weekend within Randall’s Antiques in Glasgow’s famous Barras market in the east end of the city from 2018 – 2020. Anne gave this up when she returned to teaching English in secondary schools.
Anne is a founding committee member of the radical independent ‘Roots Festival‘, based in Paisley, Renfrewshire, which had its inaugural and highly successful staging in February 2020.