Liz MacWhirter is an award-winning writer. Black Snow Falling, her debut novel, was published by Scotland Street Press in 2018 to critical acclaim, and features a new mythology in multiple timelines for YA and Adult readers. Her copywriting has won 20 national and international creative awards for originality and effectiveness. Liz MacWhirter is writing her debut novel for adults within a creative-critical PhD at the University of Glasgow in Scotland.

Black Snow Falling was nominated for the 2019 CILIP Carnegie Medal, Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book Award and the Historical Association’s Young Quills Award. Scottish Book Trust Book of the Month December 2018. The manuscript attracted Creative Scotland funding.

Blue; a lament for the sea, was performed at Voice PG Conference University of Glasgow and at Hidden Door Arts Festival in June 2022. The immersive 15-minute spoken word show takes place amidst an abstract underwater film by digital fine artist, Jonathan Kearney. Field research on the Isle of Iona was funded by the University of Glasgow College of Arts Research Support Awards.

PhD research supervisors: Professor Heather Walton and novelist Dr Carolyn-Jess Cooke.

Agent: Fraser Ross Associates

Author L.J. MacWhirter at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Author L.J. MacWhirter at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Using myth in stories can help meet that need in us to make ‘sense’ of life’s losses and traumas.