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

She works part-time as Heritage Officer with the Crichton Trust, developing the Crichton Royal Oral History Project (on furlough until 1st November). Valentina is Lead Researcher on Food Heritage Scotland, a new partnership project supported by Scotland Food and Drink.

She is a guest lecturer for the University of the Highlands & Islands fully online MLitt in Scottish Heritage and 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 also General Editor for Peter Lang‘s successful series of books, Studies in the History and Culture of Scotland.

As an expert on Scottish literature, Valentina is Vice-Chair of Literature Alliance Scotland and a Board member of the Scots Language Centre. She is preparing a new edition of James Hogg’s The Brownie of Bodsbeck for Edinburgh University Press for publication in late 2021. She chaired the Fiction panels for the 2019 Saltire Literary Awards.

This year, 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 will be held in partnership with the National Library of Scotland, on 1st December 2020, with others postponed until 2021.