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About Deborah Walker

Deborah Walker is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Northeastern University London and Royal Literary Fund Fellow currently in post at Reading University. Deborah specialises in Creative Non-Fiction, drawing on a writing career spanning three decades. Deborah has been a travel writer, novelist, ghost writer, editor, entertainment and commercial content writer, literary critic and Associate Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund, and through her work with the Royal Literary Fund Social Sector Programme has launched a nationwide Expressive Writing course in partnership with NHS Recovery Colleges to support people struggling with their mental health.


Qualifications PGCE

Deborah Walker's Research

Deborah is currently developing expressive writing workshops for mental health to launch in Recovery Colleges nationwide through her role at the Royal Literary Fund.


Publications (written under the name Deborah Bosley)


The Rough Guide to California (Rough Guides, Routledge, 1989-1997)

The Rough Guide to San Francisco (Rough Guides, Penguin 1990-1997)


Let Me Count The Ways (Century 1996) long-listed for the Booker Prize and runner up in the Betty Trask Romantic Novelists Association Prize.

The Common Touch (Century 1998)

A Kind of Warfare (Duckworth 2000) optioned by the British Film Council

Valentine’s Day (Duckworth 2001) short stories, contributor and editor.

Contractually, Deborah cannot reveal the books she ghosted (or for whom) but they include

two novels and a memoir.

Deborah is currently working on her fourth novel.



Addiction (1999) Performed at the Hampstead Theatre.



The Literary Review – full time critic 1993-2001.

Deborah’s freelance journalism has appeared in The Observer, The Evening Standard, The New Statesman, The Oldie and The Catholic Herald.

More recently Deborah has been the writer and editor of BBC Strictly Come Dancing – The Live Tour,  BBC Countryfile Live, James Martin – Live and Dawn French is a Huge Twat.


In Progress

Deborah has worked with the Royal Literary Fund since 2012, first as Fellow based at Oxford Brookes University University from 2012-2016, then devising and delivering workshops for NHS staff, local authorities, charities and more recently hard to reach sectors of the community including immigrants, women living in approved premises and people suffering with mental health difficulties.

She is currently Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Reading University.

Deborah is currently working on her fourth novel.

Deborah Walker's Teaching

Deborah uses her industry experience to bring practical, real-world applications to the texts – both creative and critical – and exercises which inform her Creative Non-Fiction course, so that the methodology used in the classroom will directly translate into the workplace. She brings decades of experience as a commercial editor to the creative workshops across the year groups.