About Lisa Samson
Lisa is responsible for the School of Cultural Studies' weekly Writing Workshops, which are designed to enhance students' writing. She also conducts individual tutorials on structure and style in academic writing, as well as promoting study skills in general for students at all levels and on all courses within the School. She teaches the Creative Writing module to Literature students and helps organise literary events for the school.
Lisa is the Project Manager for the new Digital Writing Centre within the school which will be launched in September 2013. She is in the final year of her PhD in Creative Writing under the supervision of Sara Maitland at Lancaster University, for which she has written a novel set in Medieval Swaledale. She is working on her first non-fiction book, an Epitaph for the Ash commissioned by Fourth Estate publishers.
Lisa is an English language and literature specialist with many years experience of teaching English and Italian in Higher Education and Further Education. In 2012 she collaborated on the oral history project with Caen University, translating the Oral testimony of a peasant soldier from Tuscany (1941-1947), the transcription of a video interview with ex-fighter bomber pilot, Natale Agostini, carried out in October 2005 in Avena, Tuscany, when Natale was 82 years old.
Lisa's first novel Talk To Me was short listed for the Virginia Prize for Fiction, 2011. This is a prize for an unpublished first novel by a female writer. In 2009 her radio play Whole of the Moon was longlisted for the Alfred Bradley Playwrighting Award.
Lisa teaches the Creative Writing module to Literature students, which enables them to experiment with poetry and short story writing.
Lisa is responsible for the Writing Development programme for the School of Cultural Studies.
Lisa is currently researching for a book called Epitaph for the Ash, commissioned by Fourth Estate at Harper Collins Publishers. It recounts the ash dieback crisis as it unfolds and focuses on the cultural significance of ash trees, and on their importance in Norse and Anglo Saxon mythologies.
It will have wide national impact since it is of current interest.