Dr Lorna Gibb has been employed by Middlesex since 2010. Prior to this she lectured at the University of Qatar as well as Birbeck College, London University, Sheffield and Essex University. She has a BA from UCL, London University and a PhD from Edinburgh University.
While still an undergraduate Lorna was a dance and theatre reviewer for the Glasgow Herald. Lorna has contributed articles to The Independent, The Times, The Observer and the TLS. In 2005 her first biography, Lady Hester, on the life of Lady Hester Stanhope was published by Faber and Faber. The Independent called it 'gripping and readable'. Frances Wilson in The Guardian called it ' flawlessly written, finely structured and beautifully produced. Lorna has since written an equally well received biography of Rebecca West: West's World, published by Pan Macmillan in 2013, and in paperback 2014. This was released in America by Counterpoint books in a US edition under the title The Extraordinary Life of Rebecca West (2014) and was shortlisted for the prestigious Sperber Award.
Her debut novel A Ghost’s Story was published by Granta in 2015 to critical acclaim, being named both a Herald Book of the Year and an Elle Magazine book of the year. She is currently working on a new book for Granta, called Childlessness, and scheduled for publication in 2019.
Lorna also publishes numerous short pieces and academic articles. In 2014 she won the Granta Memoir prize for a Memoir called Two Gardens which was published in Granta Magazine in August 2013. She has presented at numerous academic conferences and literary festivals, including Dartington Ways With Words, Charleston Literary Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Aye Write etc.
Before working at Middlesex Lorna lectured in Doha at Qatar University for one year as well as at the International University of Monaco, and has presented a series of lectures on 'Orientalism' for Sciences Po, France.
Genre Fiction, short fiction and novel writing
Creative Non Fiction, especially biography, memoir and history.
Lorna's writing is commissioned and as such is funded by publishers. However, she has also been the recipient of the following research grants:
The Society of Authors Foundation 2015
Old Possum’s Practical Trust 2014
The Society of Authors Foundation 2008
Qatar University small grant 2007
Qatar Foundation Large Research Grant 2006
Society of Authors 2003
Gibb, Lorna (2019) Childless voices. Granta, London. ISBN 9781783782628 (Accepted/In press)
Gibb, Lorna (2018) Haunted Literature - an invited reading and interview. In: Popular Occulture in Britain 1875-1947: The Occult and Popular Social Movements, 29 Jun 2018, Glasgow, Scotland.
Gibb, Lorna (2018) Defining A life. Popular Culture review , 29 (2). pp. 225-230. ISSN 1060-8125
Gibb, Lorna (2016) A Story of Ghosts - Invited keynote lecture and discussion. In: Haunted Europe: Continental Connections in English-Language Gothic Writing, Film and New Media, 09-10 June 2016, Leiden University, The Netherlands.
Gibb, Lorna (2016) The mask of night. Granta Magazine . ISSN 0017-3231
Lorna is currently engaged in research collaborations with the charity Reach India for her book project on Childlessness. She is on the editorial board of 'The Holocaust, In History and In Memory' and presented a lecture tour for the British Academy in Serbia in Oct 2014.
She has spoken at the Edinburgh International Festival, Dartington Literary Festival, Charleston Literary Festival, the Yorkshire Literary festival and Henley Literary Festival. She has been interviewed for BBC’s Front Row and Radio Forth, featured on the Janice Forsyth show for BBC Scotland, acted as a 'talking head' on Lebanese television and been interviewed for Irish Radio.
In the past Lorna has also had visiting lectureships in Leiden, Helsinki, Salzburg, International University of Monaco and Science Po Universities.