Valentina maintains a wide-ranging work portfolio. She is always open to discuss new opportunities and projects, and can be contacted directly at

Currently she works half-time as Heritage Officer with the Crichton Trust, developing the Crichton Royal Oral History Project. Valentina is also Lead Researcher on Food Heritage Scotland, a partnership project supported by Scotland Food and Drink. She has recently started writing a biography of Scottish journalist, poet and travel writer Florence Dixie, supported by funding from the Society of Authors, and is also preparing a new edition of James Hogg’s The Brownie of Bodsbeck for Edinburgh University Press.

Valentina often provides guest lectures for universities — most recently for the University of the Highlands & Islands fully online MLitt in Scottish Heritage. She is external examiner for Heriot-Watt University in Cultural Heritage and Tourism.

Launch of the ‘Kitchen Conversations’ book, Winchburgh 2019

Drawing on her broad knowledge of Scottish cultural heritage, Valentina is General Editor for Peter Lang‘s successful series of books, Studies in the History and Culture of Scotland which has recently published its thirteenth volume.

An expert on Scottish literature, Valentina is Vice-Chair of Literature Alliance Scotland, Board member of the Scots Language Centre, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and a member of the Oral History Society. She is Chairing the Book of the Year and First Book panels for the 2021 Saltire Literary Awards, and Chaired the Fiction Panel in 2019.

Over 2020-21 Valentina is excited to be assisting, on a consultancy basis, in the co ordination and development of celebrations for the literary anniversary James Hogg 250, hosted by the University of Stirling in partnership with Ettrick & Yarrow Community Development Trust. With funding from the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, Valentina is preparing an online exhibition on the Material Culture of James Hogg, and its legacy, for delivery in 2021.

Before Coronovarius restrictions began, Valentina co-organised an event in Washington DC at Library of Congress (March 2020) and contributed to a podcast for Wigtown Book Town’s 2020 Festival. An additional event was held in partnership with the National Library of Scotland, on 1st December 2020, celebrating both Hogg and Scott’s 250th anniversaries.