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Frances Crawford


As a passionate advocate of lifelong learning, Frances Crawford was delighted to graduate in 2022, age 60, with MLitt (Distinction) Creative Writing from Glasgow University. It was tutor Louise Welsh who taught Frances that crime genre is 'never just about the crime', and who encouraged her to explore her working class roots in setting The Dummy Railway in a Glasgow scheme. It is Frances' first novel and in 2023, a version won the Bloody Scotland/ Glencairn Crime Short Story Competition.

Frances is particularly interested in characters overlooked in fiction, and The Dummy Railway is centered on women generally on the margins of crime genre. Despite the seriousness of subject matter and theme, the dual narrative embraces the humour that Glaswegians use to navigate the dark.

Frances lives in Glasgow with her family and likes punk rock.

Agent: Jo Unwin

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