Scott Lyall is Associate Professor of Modern and Scottish Literature. He completed his PhD at the University of St Andrews before becoming a postdoctoral researcher in English, in the Centre for Irish-Scottish Studies, at Trinity College Dublin. After working at the University of Exeter, he joined Edinburgh Napier University in 2009.
Formerly programme leader for BA (Hons) English (2013–17) and Research Degrees Leader for the School of Arts and Creative Industries (2016–23), he is currently the university’s representative on the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities executive committee and vice-convener of the University Research Degrees Committee.
Dr Lyall is a literary and cultural historian whose main research areas are modernism and literary revivals, especially in Scotland and Ireland. Much of his work concerns the interwar renaissance in Scottish literature, on which he has published widely and been interviewed on TV and radio, and he was project leader of the RSE-funded (2021–23) The Scottish Revival Network. He is the author of Hugh MacDiarmid's Poetry and Politics of Place (published by Edinburgh University Press), and editor of The Edinburgh Companion to Hugh MacDiarmid, The International Companion to Lewis Grassic Gibbon, and Community in Modern Scottish Literature. He is co-editor of Scottish Literary Review.