Rafael Torrubia

History, Writing, Educational Development


I'm a writer of history, fiction and things in-between. I currently work at the University of St. Andrews and offer bespoke academic mentoring and editing services. I'm also Lead Reader at Open Book Dundee, and I'm represented by Jamie Cowen at The Ampersand Agency.


I'd be delighted to hear from you
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For publication enquiries, contact Jamie Cowen, The Ampersand Agency.

The Heart of the Swallow Queen

Corvid Queen, Sword & Kettle Press, 2021


Claw & Blossom, 2021


Bloodbath, 2019


Amplify, 2018

Grateful Scraps

Well Done/You're Welcome Zine, 2017


Jupiter Artland, 2016


Homecoming Zine, 2016

Fox Gospel

Edinburgh Fine Art Library, 2012


Words On Canvas, National Galleries of Scotland, 2010

125th and Lenox

The Scotsman, 2009

Black Power and the American People

My most recent publication is Black Power and the American People which traces the long history of the black power movement from plantation folk-narratives through the iconoclasm of the Harlem Renaissance, the battleground of the American campus, the struggle and skill of the Negro Leagues, the drama of the boxing-ring, the killing fields of Vietnam and the cold concrete of the penitentiary, right up to the soaring sounds of Detroit techno and the electric imaginings of Afrofuturism. It can be bought direct from the publishers, or from Amazon.

I offer both SAAS and SFNI supported, as well as bespoke, mentoring services, designed to help students with any challenges they may be facing in their studies. I have particular expertise collaborating with students with ADHD/ADD, depression, anxiety and other conditions. Private and DSA rates available on request, so please drop me a line!

I offer a bespoke editing service for academic and fiction manuscripts, monographs, theses, and essays. I have over ten years editing experience, working on major manuscripts, journal articles, ScotGov documents, and a variety of student theses, and I am proficient in MLA, AP and Chicago-style citation amongst others.

Please contact me to discuss an affordable rate for your project.

... superbly reliable and efficient ...

... The technical details of my dissertation were rendered pristine...

... I have never experienced an editing process that went as painlessly and quickly ...

.... suggestions as to style and content were insightful and a great help....

... My editor remarked that she had seldom come across drafts so perfectly presented ...

Postgraduate Administrator, University of St. Andrews

October 2020 - Present

Public Lecture Programme Coordinator - University of St. Andrews Open Association

October 2019 - October 2020

Course Coordinator and Lecturer: 'Understanding America', St. Andrews University Open Association

September 2018 - Present

British History Programme Coordinator: Oxbridge Academic Programs

June 2015 - Present

Social Sciences Lecturer (Part-Time): University of the Highlands and Islands

November 2015 - Present

Diploma Examiner (History): International Baccalaureate

May 2014 - Present

Lecturer: Department of Modern History, University of St Andrews

May 2011 - December 2015

Teaching Fellow: Department of Modern History, University of St Andrews

February 2009- May 2015

Undergraduate Studies Advisor and Matriculation Official: University of St Andrews

September 2014 -February 2016

Publish my new novel.

Forest Secrets

Short Works

The Shipwright and the Shroudweaver
The Shipwright and the Shroudweaver



autumn will come

what we learn in the dark

autumn will come
What We Learn In The Dark




the blood

the dead

the blood



a thing that dreamed of trees


a thing that dreamed of trees

the avoidance of sound

a light

the avoidance of sound
a light

summer collides

so much happiness

summer collides
so much happiness


receive transmit



merry swushmas

a thing that dreamed of trees (ii)

journeys into quiet

a thing that dreamed of trees ii
journeys into quiet

sausage roll



songs of scotland