Welcome to the website.

I’m a novelist, short story writer and poet, based in Edinburgh. As well as going solo, I enjoy creative collaborations. I have published eight books of fiction, most recently Unspeakable, a novel set in seventeenth-century Scotland and based on the life and times of Thomas Aikenhead, and four collections of poetry, including one for young children, and most recently, a pamphlet, Stone the Crows. You can hear me reading a sample of the poems here: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=dilysrose+stone+the+crows.

My work  has received various awards and fellowships,  including: the Macallan/Scotland on Sunday Short Story Award, two Scottish Arts Council Book Awards, a Society of Authors’ Travel Award,  the McCash poetry prize, a Unesco/City of Literature Fellowship and a Leverhulme Fellowship.  It  has been shortlisted for the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year Award, the McVitie’s Scottish Writer of the Year, The Scottish Arts Council/Sundial Award, nominated for the Impac Prize and long-listed for Not the Booker Prize.

In recent years, I have also been developing my visual art practice, and an online exhibition of collage and line drawings, Waiting, Waiting, produced during the pandemic can be seen at: https://www.edinburghpalette.co.uk/events/waiting-waiting-by-dilys-rose/

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What’s New?

A new collection of short stories, Sea Fret, is just out. Copies can be ordered from:


Signed copies can also be purchased directly from me, via the contact page on this website: