Clark, Lynda



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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 was published by Fairlight Books in May 2021.

In a distant life, I worked as a writer and producer in the videogame industry.


Research interests

Interactive fiction

Speculative fiction

Episodic and serial fiction 

The short story

AI storytelling

Text/narrative generation

Videogame narrative



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Nottingham Trent University


Award Date: 11 Jul 2019


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