Val Williamson is a freelance journalist and academic. She writes for various online publications including Decoded Science and Decoded Past, 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).