‘Valentina is a talented writer and we were delighted that she chose to work with women in Winchburgh for the Kitchen Conversations project. She is a highly skilled and knowledgeable facilitator. She creates an informal yet structured, supportive and self-directing learning environment. She engages people in all aspects of the process from workshops through to editing for publication’, Hazel McLeod, Winchburgh Community Development Trust.

Workshop participant feedback includes: ‘Excellent!’; ‘She listens, she is patient but steps in when needed’; ‘She makes conversation easy’; ‘She is an excellent facilitator’.

‘I worked with Dr Valentina Bold at Peter Lang. Valentina is the editor of one of its most successful series, Studies in the History and Culture of Scotland. From the outset Valentina was a joy to work with, and brings so much to the series: boundless enthusiasm, a wealth of experience and expertise in the literature and history of Scotland, rigorous editorial skills, and a creative and innovative approach to editorial issues. Her range of contacts within the field of Scottish Studies is second to none, as is her ability to bring together scholars for collaborative projects.

It is thanks to Valentina that ‘Studies in the History and Culture of Scotland’ has become the leading series in the field, spanning subjects from music in medieval Scotland to 20th-century film-making. Peter Lang could not have done it without her.’ Dr Philip Dunshea, Commissioning Editor and Publisher.

‘Valentina is energetic, intellectually creative and perceptive. Passionate about her subject and incredibly motivated and focused. She inspires and informs students. Wish I could be one of her students!’ Dr Jan Hogarth, Curator and Environmental Artist.

‘Valentina’s expertise in the post-screening discussion was crucial to grounding the film in the historical context and analysis.  We really enjoyed Valentina’s contribution,n helping to bring the relevance of the film alive for audiences today.’ Shona Thomson, Founder & Curator, A Kind of Seeing.


Valentina’s work has been reviewed widely. Her Smeddum was chosen ‘Tuesday Book’ in The Independent, and Open Book featured it in a radio piece, with a conversation featuring the late Paul Foot. Reviews have also appeared in specialist publications including the Scottish Literary Review, and online.

‘Valentina Bold’s James Hogg: A Bard of Nature’s Making may be seen as a significant addition to the new wave of Hogg scholarship’ Dr Suzanne Gilbert, ‘The Bottle Imp’

‘The problems in assembling this text are explained in Valentina Bold’s comprehensive introduction. This is probably the best approximation of an original collection that Burns made for his own amusement in a notebook, which has been lost to time’ Nat Edwards, The Skinny.

‘In Gateway to the Modern: Resituating J.M. Barrie the editors have given us a valuable collection of essays which will undoubtedly increase the impetus for further research into Barrie’s work’, Alan Sandison, ‘The Bottle Imp’.