Val Williamson

About me

Val Williamson is a freelance journalist and academic. She writes for various online publications including Decoded Science and Digital Journal, and has published and had broadcast a range of short fiction.
Val became a CertEd qualified teacher decades ago, and more recently gained BA (Hons) English, followed by a PhD in Literature and Cultural History in 2003.
The subject of her thesis was the research methodology and historical authenticity of the authors of 1990s historical bestsellers, regional sagas. She published academic commentary on those in several books, including Relocating Britishness (Manchester University Press) and Judging a Book by its Cover (Ashgate).

From my website

What is a synopsis? Notes by Val Williamson

It is not an outline, a blow by blow, chapter by chapter account, a summary of the plot; it sells the idea of a book. It can give an indication that you are not just about fine writing in your first three chapters, but that you understand how to structure…

Edinburgh City of Printing and Publishing

Five hundred years of printing history in Scotland is encapsulated in Edinburgh's survival of the trials, successes and pitfalls of producing bestsellers. Only fifty years after Gutenberg printed his bible using moveable type, King James IV of Scotland granted permission for Walter Chepman and[...]

Bryan Talbot's Graphic Novel: The Tale of One Bad Rat

This review first appeared at in October2009. The Tale of One Bad Rat by Bryan Talbot This graphic novel for young adults is used for therapy in child abuse centres across the world but its visual artistry makes it a storytelling classic. Picture Credit: Recent Dark Horse edition ©[...]

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