Liz MacWhirter is pursuing a creative practice PhD at the University of Glasgow, researching intersections between trauma theology, the medieval mystic Julian of Norwich and contemporary poetics through writing a hybrid verse novel. ‘Black Snow Falling’ (Scotland Street Press 2018), her debut novel, was nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2019. ‘Blue: a lament for the sea’, a long verse narrative, was performed at Yale GCRE 2023 funded by the Yale Religion, Ecology and Expressive Culture Initiative, and at Hidden Door Arts Festival and Voice PG Conference 2022. Liz presented creative-critical papers at Yale GCRE, Mystical Theology Network Conference and Finncon ‘22. Her work has been recognised by funding from the University of Glasgow College of Arts Research Support Awards and CSCS Seedcorn Funding, Publishing Scotland and Creative Scotland. Previously, Liz won 20 creative awards for originality and impact as a copywriter. Liz is a Scottish Book Trust Live Literature Author.