Alexia Casale

Personal statement

Having worked across the Arts and studied across the Social Sciences, my current portfolio includes writing novels (my first two YA books are published by Faber & Faber), delivering dramaturgy and script consultancy services, and doing specialist human-rights non-fiction editing. I am overjoyed to have joined Bath Spa as a lecturer on the MA in Writing for Young People.

The Bone Dragon was shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize and the Jugendliteraturpreis, and long-listed for the Branford Boase Award. It was also a Book of the Year for the Financial Times and Independent.

House of Windows is a Reading Well for Young People: Shelf-help title, available in most libraries nationwide as a ‘book on prescription’ for the NHS. I was also part of the Selection Committee for the ‘Reading well with long term conditions’ list.

Although I have always wanted to be a writer, I decided to pursue a career that would give me the knowledge and experience to write about the things I was interested in, as well as the skills needed to achieve my writing goals. A portfolio career is my dream, with each strand informing and enriching the others.

Among other things, I've been a researcher at Cambridge University looking at how to use technology to screen for dyslexia in HE students, worked on a double-Tony-award-winning Broadway show (backstage!), and served time as Box Office Manager at a large UK musical festival, where I arranged a yearly mentoring programme for students at various universities. This later helped me set up YAShot – a young adult literature festival with a large outreach programme for disadvantaged schools and a mentorship track to help young people who can’t undertake traditional internships get a foot on the publishing ladder.

More recently, I've been busy as a paid reader for top screenwriting competitions on both sides of the Atlantic, in-between consulting on new musicals for the West End, and delivering training for the Metropolitan Police on dyslexia and dyspraxia... among other things.

Academic qualifications

  • MA in Social & Political Sciences, Psychology Major (qualified to the BPS)
  • MPhil (Research Route) in Educational Psychology & Technologies (focus on dyslexia, accessibility in HE and psychometrics)
  • Full PGCHEP (PGCE equivalent for Higher Education teaching)
  • PhD Creative Writing (focus on writing historical fact and fiction)

Professional memberships

  • FHEA
  • ALCS, PLR

Teaching specialism and areas of expertise

  • Creative Writing
  • Writing for Young People
  • Scriptwriting (theatre and film and TV)
  • Creative Writing and Psychology
  • Historical Fiction and research for Creative Writing
  • Academic nonfiction publishing (journals)

Research supervision

I am interested in supervising research students on cross-disciplinary projects; for instance, work on psychological aspects of creative writing, the relationship between fiction and human rights, and how the same historical research is transformed in writing historical fiction versus non-fiction.

Research and academic outputs

Go to ResearchSPAce

House of windows
book

Casale, A (2015) House of windows. Faber, London. ISBN 9780571321537


The bone dragon
book

Casale, A (2014) The bone dragon. Faber, London. ISBN 9780571295623


Contemporary YA
article

Casale, A (2019) 'Contemporary YA.' Writing Magazine, Spring. ISSN 0964-9166


How to prepare for school visits
article

Casale, A (2016) 'How to prepare for school visits.' Words & Pictures, 7 July. ISSN 2632-8879


L’internamento degli emigranti Pordenonesi in Inghilterra durante la Second Guerra Mondiale [The internment of Italian immigrants from the Pordenone region in Britain during the Second World War]
article

Casale, A (2011) 'L’internamento degli emigranti Pordenonesi in Inghilterra durante la Second Guerra Mondiale [The internment of Italian immigrants from the Pordenone region in Britain during the Second World War].' Il Popolo. ISSN 0391-6901


Introduction - Preventing torture in the 21st century: monitoring in Europe two decades on, monitoring globally two years on. Part II
article

Casale, A (2010) 'Introduction - Preventing torture in the 21st century: monitoring in Europe two decades on, monitoring globally two years on. Part II.' Essex Human Rights Review, 6 (2). pp. 1-6. ISSN 1756-1957


Introduction - Preventing torture in the 21st century: monitoring in Europe two decades on, monitoring globally two years on. Part I
article

Casale, A (2009) 'Introduction - Preventing torture in the 21st century: monitoring in Europe two decades on, monitoring globally two years on. Part I.' Essex Human Rights Review, 6 (1). pp. 1-5. ISSN 1756-1957


The death of the fictional novel: are postmodern historical novels primarily non-fictional?
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Casale, A (2009) The death of the fictional novel: are postmodern historical novels primarily non-fictional? In: Narrative Dominions: On Writing the History of the Novel in English, 22 July 2009, Institute of English Studies, London, UK.


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