Lucy Christopher

Personal statement

Lucy is Course Director of the hugely successful Writing for Young People MA, as well as Reader in Creative Writing. Her main research focus is on writing for young people, with a particular specialism in Young Adult fiction and in writing wild settings. She has represented BSU at AWP conferences in Boston and Chicago, and at the Children’s Media Conference in Sheffield. She currently supervises two PhD candidates, both in the field of Writing for Young People.

Lucy has published four novels with Chicken House Publishers: Stolen, Flyaway, The Killing Woods and Storm-wake. Undergrowth, a novella for Young Adults, was published by Firefly in 2018, and her picture book Shadow, was published by Lantana in 2019. Her short stories have been published in anthologies, including in the award-winning Wisp of Wisdom collection in 2016. Lantana will publish her second picture book in 2021. Lucy has her first novel for adults out on submission, and is also working on a new novel for Young Adults, as well as a piece of memoir.

Lucy’s work has been translated into over fifteen languages, and in over twenty countries, her novel Stolen is in pre-production for a film. Her many awards and shortlistings include for the Branford Boase Award, Costa Book Award, Waterstones Prize, Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, International Reading Awards, and the Michael L Printz Award.

Lucy is a regular tutor for the Arvon Foundation and Ty Newydd Writers’ Centre. She is also the founder of Mexican Writing Retreats. Lucy has been writer-in-resident in Australia, USA, and Africa. She has also taught on a journalism project in rural South Africa.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD, Creative Writing
  • MA, Creative Writing
  • Bachelor, Creative Arts
  • Foundation degree, Pesso Boyden Systems Psychometer

Professional memberships

  • Management Board - Academi Wales
  • Member - Literature Wales 
  • Member - The Society of Authors

Areas of expertise

  • Creative writing
  • Novels
  • Young people
  • Stolen
  • Writing the wild
  • YA fiction
  • Ecocriticism

Other external roles

  • Author
  • Creativity coach

Research supervision

Lucy is interested in supervising students in the field of Writing for Young People who have particular interests in identity, young adult narratives, and which discuss the use and creative benefit of wild settings.

She would also be interested to co-supervise an interdisciplinary PhD project on the psychology and nature of creativity.

Research and academic outputs

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The queen on our corner

Christopher, L and Tudor, N (2021) The queen on our corner. Lantana, London. ISBN 9781911373889 (Forthcoming)


Christopher, L and Suvorova, A (2019) Shadow. Lantana, London. ISBN 9781911373834


Christopher, L (2018) Storm-wake. Chicken House, Frome. ISBN 9781906427733

The killing woods

Christopher, L (2013) The killing woods. Chicken House. ISBN 9781906427726


Christopher, L (2010) Flyaway. Chicken House, Frome. ISBN 9781905294763


Christopher, L (2009) Stolen. Chicken House, Frome. ISBN 9781906427139

The darkness

Christopher, L (2018) 'The darkness.' In: Christopher, L, Ellis, K and Ivory, R, eds. Three strikes. Firefly Press, Cardiff, pp. 3-142. ISBN 9781910080863

Why the rat-mole stores groundnuts

Christopher, L (2016) 'Why the rat-mole stores groundnuts.' In: A wisp of wisdom: animal tales from Cameroon. Lantana, London, pp. 126-140. ISBN 9781911373063

Stolen: a novel [and] Contextualising research: the making and changing of Stolen

Christopher, L (2011) Stolen: a novel [and] Contextualising research: the making and changing of Stolen. PhD thesis, Bath Spa University.

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