Carly Brown is the author of a bestselling children’s picture book, I Love St Andrews, and a poetry pamphlet, Grown Up Poetry Needs to Leave Me Alone. In 2013, she won Scotland’s National Championships of Slam Poetry and represented Scotland at the World Series of Slam Poetry in Paris, placing 4th at the world. She has performed her poetry across the UK and internationally, including at Glastonbury Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe, and was shortlisted for the University of Cambridge’s Jane Martin Poetry Prize (2018). Her poetry and short fiction have been published in numerous places both in print and online.

Originally from Austin, Texas, she has lived in Scotland since 2010. She holds a First-Class undergraduate degree in English Literature from the University of St Andrews and an MLitt (with Distinction) and a Doctorate of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow. She currently runs writing workshops with universities, schools and community groups and is writing a historical novel. She was awarded a residential fellowship from the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies to conduct research for this novel at Thomas Jefferson’s home in Virginia: Monticello.

In her spare time, she volunteers at The Georgian House as a costumed historical guide and muses about writing, books, and early American history over on her blog.


Image Credit : Perry Jonsson, Loud Poets



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