David Bishop

David Bishop

Mr David Bishop

Lecturer T&R

Biography

David Bishop is programme leader for Creative Writing at Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland. The author of twenty published novels and an award-winning screenwriter, he helped found the innovative MA Creative Writing programme at Edinburgh Napier in 2009. David is a member of the Society of Authors and the Crime Writers' Association. He is a trustee of the Cymera Festival of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Writing. In 2017 he was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship by Creative Scotland and the Scottish Book Trust. In 2020 his Doctor Who audiobook The Elysian Blade won the Sir Julius Vogel Award for best dramatic presentation.

In 2021 he is collaborating with with Dr Hope Christie [Global Challenges Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh] on Dramatizing Trauma: Interdisciplinary Collaborative Research for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD] through a radio play for the South African township of Khayelitsha. This Covid-secure project sees a a community of three writers from the MA Creative Writing at Edinburgh Napier University working on the radio play, with David Bishop as script editor for the project, working directly the writers and co-ordinating with Dr Hope Christie. The project has secured £1200 in public engagement funding from Edinburgh Napier University, while Dr Christie has secured funding for latter stages of the project through her Global Challenges Research fellowship.

Events

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Steering Committee for Society of Authors' Comics Creators Network
  • Higher Education Committee of the National Association of Writers in Education
  • Trustee for CYMERA: Scotland’s Festival of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Writing
  • Manuscript consultant for Grub Street [US non-profit organization]
  • Advisor for graphic novels strand at Edinburgh International Book Festival

 

Conference Organising Activity

  • Chairing panels at NAWE 2021 conference
  • Conference panel: Catching up with Rian Hughes
  • Organised academic strand at Cymera 2019
  • Panel chairing at Crime Fiction(s): Victorian and Neo-Victorian Narratives of Crime and Punishment conference
  • AWP 2015 Panel: When Words Collide—How Creative Writing Programs Address Popular Fiction
  • Challenging the writing sample: a new approach to admissions for postgraduate creative writing

 

Editorial Activity

  • Guest editor for Writing in Practice: The Journal of Creative Writing Research
  • Mentoring student writing script for We Shall Fight Until We Win graphic fiction anthology
  • Mentored student writing abortion rights comic 'Life' for Engender website

 

External Examining/Validations

  • External Examiner MA Writing at Liverpool John Moores University

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Winner of the NZ Booklovers Award 2022 for best novel
  • The Detective's Companion in Crime Fiction shortlisted for H.R.F. Keating Award
  • Shortlisted for Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Award 2021 - 'City of Vengeance'
  • Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Dramatic Presentation - 'Doctor Who: The Elysian Blade'
  • Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship

 

Invited Speaker

  • Noir at the Bar Edinburgh, March 2022
  • The A-Z of Crime
  • In Conversation with Ayesha Harruna Attach & D. V. Bishop
  • Bloody Scotland Book Club May 2021
  • Guest speaker at ENU English Programmes event
  • Guest speaker at Scots Write conference 2017
  • Guest speaker on screenwriting for animation
  • Guest speaker on writing comics

 

Media Activity

  • Guest on Words & Nerds podcast
  • Guest writer for BBC History magazine's From Fact to Fiction column
  • Lancashire Evening Post reviews The Darkest Sin
  • Interviewed in The Scots Magazine
  • Review of "The Darkest Sin" in NZ Listener
  • Guest writer for Shots crime & thriller ezine
  • Guest on "Getting Carried Away" YouTube show
  • Guest of BBC Radio Oxford
  • Interview on Oban FM [2022]
  • Interviewed for Lucky 13 website
  • Interview profile in the New Zealand Herald newspaper and website
  • Interview for the Books From Scotland website
  • Guest on The Doctor Will See You Now YouTube channel
  • Guest on Wardini Books Facebook video channel
  • Guest on the Blythe Tapes YouTube Channel
  • Interview in The Listener Magazine [New Zealand]
  • Guest on The Bestseller Experiment Podcast Episode 304
  • Interview with Write On! magazine
  • Dean Ormston: Working Class Superhero documentary
  • Interview in Tripwire Magazine
  • Interview with Crime Watch fiction website
  • Evening Standard reviews 'City of Vengeance'
  • Literary Review reviews 'City of Vengeance'
  • Guest on BBC Radio 5 Live
  • Lancashire Evening Post reviews City of Vengeance
  • Guest on Words and Nerds podcast
  • Live interview on Oban FM
  • YouTube tutorial on Comic Book Editing

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • Historical Writers' Assocation
  • Founding member of Creative Writing Studies Organization
  • Edinburgh Napier University Teaching Fellow
  • Society of Authors
  • Crime Writers' Assocation

 

Public/Community Engagement

  • Crime Fiction Friday podcast
  • Guest speaker for the Sunday Writers' Club
  • True Crime Fiction podcast
  • Character building for series workshop, Granite Noir 2021
  • Creating Compelling Characters Workshop - Cymera 2021
  • Guest on the Page One Podcast, Season 7 Episode 5
  • Scottish Field podcast
  • Plotting your story workshop, Cymera 2020
  • Plotting your story workshop, Cymera 2019
  • The Bestseller Experiment #197 podcast
  • X-Band: The Phantom #117 podcast
  • Mentoring New Writer Awardee for Scottish Book Trust
  • The Bestseller Experiment #189 podcast
  • Building your writing career, Cymera 2019
  • Mega-City Book Club #56 podcast
  • Working Comics podcast
  • Graphic Novel workshops at Wigtown, August 2018
  • Graphic novels workshop at HM Prison Low Moss
  • Plotting Your Novel workshops at Storycon 2018
  • Workshop for EIBF's ReimagiNation Festival in Cumbernauld
  • Book Week Scotland - Library Love Falkirk podcast
  • Geek's Guide to the Galaxy #267 podcast
  • Mega-City Book Club #49 podcast
  • Mega-City Book Club #25 podcast
  • 2000AD Thrillcast [Feb 2017] podcast
  • Writing workshop at HMP Glenochil
  • 11.22.63 Podcast [October 2016]
  • Primatech Files Podcast
  • Launched the graphic novels collection at Greenock Public Library

 

Date


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The truth about nuns in 16th-century Florence

Other
Bishop, D. (2022)
The truth about nuns in 16th-century Florence. [https://www.historiamag.com/truth-about-nuns-16th-century-florence/]. London
For The Darkest Sin, DV Bishop’s latest novel set in 16th-century Florence, he needed to find out about life behind the closed doors of Italian convents. He unveils the truth ...

The Darkest Sin

Book
Bishop, D. (2022)
The Darkest Sin. London: Pan Macmillan
The Darkest Sin is an atmospheric historical thriller by D. V. Bishop, set in Renaissance Florence and is the sequel to City of Vengeance: Florence. Spring, 1537. When Cesar...

‘World’s long on academics, Morse, but woeful short of good detectives’: Lewis, Hathaway and Endeavour: The changing roles of Colin Dexter’s sidekick

Book Chapter
Bishop, D. (2021)
‘World’s long on academics, Morse, but woeful short of good detectives’: Lewis, Hathaway and Endeavour: The changing roles of Colin Dexter’s sidekick. In L. Andrew, & S. Saunders (Eds.), The Detective's Companion in Crime Fiction: A Study in Sidekicks (237-259). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-74989-7
Bishop offers the first comprehensive analysis of the many variations of sidekick found in Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse novels, and in the three television drama series base...

D. V. Bishop on deception and lies in his explosive debut historical thriller, City of Vengeance

Other
Bishop, D. (2021)
D. V. Bishop on deception and lies in his explosive debut historical thriller, City of Vengeance. https://www.panmacmillan.com/blogs/crime-thriller/d-v-bishop-city-of-vengeance
D. V. Bishop’s thriller City of Vengeance is set in sixteenth-century Florence, a city of intrigue, lies and political machinations. Here he discusses the lies men tell in the...

City of Vengeance

Book
Bishop, D. (2021)
City of Vengeance. London: Pan Macmillan
Florence. Winter, 1536. A prominent Jewish moneylender is murdered in his home, a death with wide implications in a city powered by immense wealth. Cesare Aldo, a former sold...

Walking in the footsteps of Florentine history

Other
Bishop, D. (2021)
Walking in the footsteps of Florentine history. http://www.historiamag.com/walking-footsteps-florentine-history/
DV Bishop tells Historia how valuable it is to get your feet on the street when doing historical research, as he found while writing his novel, City of Vengeance, set in Flore...

An alternative to the peer review workshop

Presentation / Conference
Bishop, D. (2019, November)
An alternative to the peer review workshop. Paper presented at National Association of Writers in Education 2019 Conference, York, United Kingdom
The peer review workshop has been called ‘the signature pedagogy’ of creative writing as an academic discipline. This presentation offers an alternative to that model. David B...

An alternative to the peer review workshop

Presentation / Conference
Bishop, D. (2019, November)
An alternative to the peer review workshop. Paper presented at National Association of Writers in Education 2019 Conference, York, UK
The peer review workshop has been called ‘the signature pedagogy’ of creative writing as an academic discipline. This presentation offers an alternative to that model. David B...

How to write a novel – four fiction writers on Danielle Steel’s insane working day

Other
Bishop, D. (2019)
How to write a novel – four fiction writers on Danielle Steel’s insane working day. https://theconversation.com/how-to-write-a-novel-four-fiction-writers-on-danielle-steels-insane-working-day-117155
How to write a novel – four fiction writers on Danielle Steel’s insane working day - article written Sarah Corbett - Lecturer in Creative Writing, Lancaster University; David ...

Doctor Who: The Elysian Blade

Digital Artefact
Bishop, D. (2019)
Doctor Who: The Elysian Blade. [Digital download / CD]
An original adventure for the Second Doctor and his companions, Jamie and Victoria. Fleeing from the rising tide on a distant planet, the Doctor and his friends meet the survi...

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