Clark, Lynda


  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, English
  • 4 Citations

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Personal profile


Prior to joining the InGAME (Innovation in Games and Media Enterprise) project here at Dundee, I was Innovation Fellow at the British Library working on the Emerging Formats project which aims to extend the Library's knowledge of new UK publications. My focus was on web-based interactive fiction (IF), and I curated a collection of contemporary British works, wrote reports on the state of the field and existing use of web-archiving tools for IF, and developed my own creative piece 'The Memory Archivist' which was inspired by and reflected on the creation of the curated collection. In 2019 'The Memory Archivist' won the British Library Labs Artistic Award and was shortlisted for the New Media Writing Prize.

My creative-critical PhD focused on the effect of reader/player responses on the development of narrative, and included an online interactive novella, Writers Are Not Strangers. The critical analysis of the reader/player response to interactive and serial works is written largely in second person and presented as an interactive website with the intent of challenging and expanding notions of the PhD thesis format.

Much of my work is practice-based, and therefore I have published numerous short stories across a variety of publications, including 'Ghillie's Mum' which won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Europe and Canada 2018 and was shortlisted for the BBC Short Story Award 2019 and the ALCS Tom Gallon Trust Award 2020. My debut novel Beyond Kidding was published by Fairlight Books in October 2019, and was optioned by Film4 in June 2020. My first short story collection is forthcoming from Fairlight Books in Summer 2021.

Research interests

Interactive fiction

Speculative fiction

Episodic and serial fiction 

AI storytelling

Videogame narrative

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Nottingham Trent University


Award Date: 11 Jul 2019

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Research Output

Beyond Kidding

Clark, L., 31 Oct 2019, Oxford: Fairlight Books.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Ghillie's Mum

    Clark, L., Campbell Moore, S. & Allard, E., 13 Sep 2019

    Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

  • Something or Nothing

    Clark, L., Oct 2019, Celebrating 25 Years of NTU's MA in Creative Writing. Belbin, D. & Waterman, R. (eds.). Nottingham: Shoestring Press, p. 72-74 3 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

    A Winter Crossing

    Clark, L., 25 May 2018, Dies Infaustus. Iwanski, S. (ed.). Tulsa, Ok: A Murder of Storytellers

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

    4 Citations (Scopus)

    Ghillie's Mum

    Clark, L., 18 Jul 2018, In : Granta: the Magazine of New Writing. 143

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Prizes

    British Library Labs Artistic Award

    Clark, Lynda (Recipient), 11 Nov 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Commonwealth Short Story Prize: Europe and Canada

    Clark, Lynda (Recipient), 25 Jul 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Innovation Placement

    Clark, Lynda (Recipient), 7 Jan 2019

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  • Activities

    • 2 Invited talk
    • 1 Public engagement and outreach - festival/exhibition
    • 1 Oral presentation

    Defining and Capturing Web-based Interactive Fiction

    Lynda Clark (Speaker)

    16 Jan 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    InGAME Insights #1: AI for Writers

    Lynda Clark (Speaker)

    30 Jan 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Unnatural Conversations: Telling Stories with AIs

    Lynda Clark (Speaker)

    30 Oct 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Beyond Kidding Book Launch and Author Talk

    Lynda Clark (Organiser)

    2 Nov 2019

    Activity: Other activity typesPublic engagement and outreach - festival/exhibition

    Press / Media

    Beyond Kidding

    Lynda Clark


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Other

    Ghillie's Mum

    Lynda Clark


    3 Media contributions

    Press/Media: Research