Alexia Casale – Bath Spa University

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
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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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