Discipline: Literature – fiction

Beth Underdown

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: Derbyshire, UK
MacDowell Fellowships: 2022

Beth Underdown is the author of The Key In The Lock (Penguin Viking 2022) and The Witchfinder's Sister (Penguin Viking and Ballantine 2017). The Witchfinder's Sister was a Richard & Judy book club selection, won the Historical Writers Association Debut Crown in 2018, and has been optioned for TV by Monumental.

Beth is a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Manchester.

While at MacDowell she worked on a first draft of her third novel, which follows the disappearance of an Antarctic explorer in 1911.

Portrait by Rachel Fernandez-Arias



Beth Underdown worked in the Banks studio.

Banks, an ell on the north end of the Lodge dormitory, was first used as an artist’s studio in 1970. Since then, it has played host to an extraordinary list of writers working in several disciplines. In all seasons, Fellows have enjoyed the pastoral view through the French doors facing a field…

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