Feature Writing

Uncle Des 1940s Uncle Des as a boy.

Lucy has been a freelance feature writer for many years for newspapers, including The Guardian, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph and The Sunday Express and magazines such as Psychologies, Red, Woman and Home, Grazia.

Since becoming a full time author, she still writes the occasional feature, such as this article for The Guardian about the deeper inspiration for The Missing One:   The Perfect Uncle Who Vanished

Literary Journalism and Teaching


Lucy has a double First in English Literature from Oxford University (1990) and was a Fulbright scholar to the University of Pennsylvania for her masters in English and American literature (1992). She used to work at the Times Literary Supplement , wrote a ‘New Fiction’ column for The Guardian, and has reviewed for many UK newspapers. She is now a fiction critic mostly for The Sunday Times.

Lucy has taught literary journalism to Masters students at Bath Spa University and has done workshops for the Faber Writing Academy and for Oxford University Creative Writing MSt students. She occasionally runs other  creative writing workshops and recently wrote a year long How to Write A Novel column for Psychologies Magazine.


Other Media/PR Work

Lucy Atkins, photographed by Charlie Hopkinson © 2013.

Lucy occasionally consults on advertising campaigns, writes feature film publicity materials and campaigns or PR materials for non-profit organizations.