Elected: 2017
Discipline: History, Theory and Practice of the Creative and Performing Arts
Dr Valerie Lesley Campbell McDermid FRSE


Dr Val McDermid is one of the biggest names in crime writing. She has written over 30 novels which have been translated into 40 languages and have sold over 11 million copies worldwide. Her novel ‘The Mermaids Singing’, which features the characters Tony Hill and Carol Jordan, was adapted into a highly successful television drama ‘Wire in the Blood’ which ran from 2002 – 2008. In 2015, Val worked on a massive open online course (MOOC) with the University of Dundee. There were over 22,000 participants, of all ages and backgrounds, across 125 countries.