Author details

Jennifer Morag Henderson


Jennifer Morag Henderson is a writer from Inverness. Her biography, Josephine Tey: A Life, is published by Sandstone Press and was listed in the Observer’s Best Biographies of 2015, the Independent’s Best Crime Books of 2015, and the Telegraph’s list of Best Books of 2016. Jennifer’s articles, short stories and poems have been published in magazines and anthologies, including “Riptide” (Two Ravens Press), Northwords Now, The Dalhousie Review, Causeway/Cabhsair, Gutter, by the BBC and others. As a playwright, her work has been performed for the National Theatre of Scotland’s Five Minute Theatre project, and elsewhere. She edited literary magazine “Random Acts of Writing” from 2008-2011. Jennifer holds an MA in English Language and Sociology from the University of Glasgow, and a graduate degree from Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada.

About writer's work

Jennifer Morag Henderson is the first biographer of novelist and playwright Josephine Tey and has lectured and written extensively about Tey’s life, her crime fiction and her theatre work, including articles for the BBC and Northwords Now, and talks for Inverness Museum and the British Library.

Jennifer’s particular interest is in history and biography. Other writing and research has included work on historic Inverness, the First World War, the writer and photographer MEM Donaldson, and more. She continues to work with Inverness Museum on other research projects. With an interest in the literary ‘canon’, she has written articles on crime fiction for Northwords Now magazine and on children’s fiction for Edinburgh City Libraries.

Jennifer’s fiction and poetry has been widely published in magazines and anthologies and heard on BBC radio and television.

Jennifer also has a strong interest in playwriting and her work has been performed through the Play Pieces lunchtime theatre initiative, and at Eden Court Theatre in Inverness.

Websites featuring the author

Jennifer's Profile on Sandstone Press“The Dance of Don’t Know” – National Theatre of Scotland Five Minute Theatre project, with Culloden AcademyAuthor's Website

Current events and projects

Available for readings, workshops and residencies.

Previous events have included lectures on Josephine Tey; talks on other topics such as history / biographical work or research methods (to both small and large audiences); workshop events and readings.

Previous work with school pupils includes workshops on theatre and playwriting (involving both discussion and performance), and talks on history (with particular interest in local history involving the school in question).

Other work

Jennifer is an experienced public speaker and has given lectures for libraries, museums, the W.E.A., book groups and local history groups. She has given talks and readings in bookshops and at workshops and book festivals.

She has worked with senior school pupils on several occasions, most notably for the National Theatre of Scotland’s Five Minute Theatre project. Jennifer is a qualified TEFL teacher and previously worked for the French government teaching in secondary schools in France, as well as working with adult English learners in Scotland.

Jennifer has radio broadcasting experience, and was a presenter / programmer on CKDU-FM radio in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Finally, Jennifer has worked in several different areas of the book trade, including bookselling, libraries and publishing and is able to speak about writing and publishing from these different perspectives.


Local authority where they are based


Local authorities where they can work

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Other1, Outer Hebrides, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian

Age groups

Teens, Adults

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Books written

Josephine Tey cover

Josephine Tey: A Life

Josephine Tey was the pen name of Elizabeth MacKintosh (1896-1952). Born in Inverness, the Golden Age crime writer was also the successful novelist and playwright ‘Gordon Daviot’.