About

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.

To find out more about Anne’s work and her involvement in the literary world, view her Events page. Anne is also a member of the Live Literature programme run by the Scottish Book Trust.