Gunn, Kirsty


1994 …2020
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Kirsty Gunn, BA (Hons), M.Phil., educated at Victoria University and Oxford, is the author of six novels - RainThe KeepsakeFeatherstoneThe Boy and the SeaThe Big Music and Caroline's Bikini - extended essays and short stories about identity and Katherine Mansfield - ThorndonMy Katherine Mansfield Project and  Going Bush - as well as two collections of short stories - This Place you Return to is Home and Infidelitites - and 44 Things, a collection of essays, fragments and stories. She is the recipient of a number of awards and prizes including the Scottish Arts Council Bursary for Literature, the New York Times Notable Book award, Sundial Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year. The Big Music was shortlisted for the James Tait Black and Impac Awards and was a Guardian Book of the Year and winner of the New Zealand Book of the Year and her most recent novel, Caroline's Bikini, is just out in paperback this year. 

Her last collection of short stories, "Infidelities", published in November 2014, was awarded the Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2015 and was also shortlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. She is published by Faber and Faber and internationally, and her work has been made into films, theatre, dance and widely broadcast.

She has previously taught Creative Writing at Oxford University and at a number of writing seminars and schools and now teaches modules in Writing Practice and Study, and directs, with Gail Low, the WritersRead series at Tonic in Dundee. She lives in London and Scotland with her husband and two daughters.

Further information about Kirsty is available on her website at


Undergraduate and Graduate modules in Writing Practice and Study; PhD supervision


Fiction - Short and long; Essays

Research interests

Relevance of fiction and the imagination in the 21st century

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Projects 2019 2020

Research Output 1994 2019

Action Writing: Imagination and The Novel

Gunn, K., 6 Jun 2019

Research output: Non-textual formWeb publication/site

Literary Festival

In Other Words: an essay about language arranged by Kirsty Gunn and Gail Low

Low, G. & Gunn, K., 28 Nov 2019, In : New Writing. 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

King Country

Gunn, K., 27 Mar 2019, London Review of Books.

Research output: Other contribution

When Daughters Leave: Essay Writing and The Fugitive Subject

Gunn, K. & Low, G., Mar 2019, In : Writing in Practice. 5

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Essay Writing
First Person Pronoun

Caroline's Bikini: An Arrangement of a Novel with an Introduction

Gunn, K., 21 Jun 2018, London: Faber and Faber. 352 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Activities 2016 2018

  • 1 Participation in conference
  • 1 Other event
  • 1 Editorial activity

Taking Ideas for a Walk

Gail Low (Organiser), Kirsty Gunn (Organiser)
19 Jun 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOther event

NAWE Annual Conference 2018

Gail Low (Presenter), Kirsty Gunn (Presenter)
11 Nov 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

The Voyage Out Press (Publisher)

Gail Low (Editor), Kirsty Gunn (Editor)
2016 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

Press / Media

Finding Harmony, Literally, in Fiction About Music

Kirsty Gunn


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Other