New book - Immortal Memory: Burns and the Scottish People

| Books, History

Last month saw the launch of an important new book on Robert Burns, Scotland's national poet. Immortal Memory: Burns and the Scottish People is the first ever history of Burns' 'afterlife'; his impact on Scotland and the Scots from the time of his death in 1796. Written by Professor Christopher Whatley OBE, Professor of Scottish History in the University of Dundee’s School of Humanities, the book was introduced to the reading public at Dundee's Literary Festival and the National Trust for Scotland's Robert Burns Birthplace Museum at Alloway, near Ayr. The publishers of the book John Donald (Birlinn) ...

Spanish recognition for Dundee Diploma

| Humanities, Languages

Representatives from the Spanish Ministry of Education visited the University of Dundee recently to re-sign an agreement confirming support for the only graduate diploma in Spanish supported by the Spanish Government. The agreement, the only one of its kind in the UK, acknowledges the Graduate diploma in Spanish by Distance Learning which has been taught in the School of Humanities for more than a decade, as one of the flagship degrees of Spanish language in Scotland. The majority of the students on the course are Modern Language Teachers, as the diploma enables graduates the necessary qualification to tea...

Debut novel of Humanities student being published by Sandstone Press

| Books, Creative Writing, English, Humanities, Students

We are delighted to hear that Daniel Shand, a graduate of Humanities, will have his debut novel Fallow published by Sandstone Press this month. Daniel studied creative writing modules during his undergraduate MA English degree course here at the University of Dundee, before going on to complete a Masters and undertake his PhD at the University of Edinburgh. His debut novel Fallow is a tense and at times darkly comic novel exploring the relationship between two brothers bound by a terrible crime. Paul and Mikey are on the run, apparently from the press surrounding their house after Mikey’s r...

Creative writing graduate named as finalist in prestigious short story competition

| Creative Writing, English, Humanities, Students

We are delighted to hear that Sue Haigh, one of our graduates of the Writing Practice & Study programme here at the University of Dundee, has recently been named as a finalist in Scotland’s most valuable short story award, the Scottish Arts Club competition.  The Scottish Arts Club holds an annual short story competition that is open to all writers worldwide aged over 16 years, with celebrated author Alexander McCall Smith as the chairman of the judging panel.  The prizes will be presented during the Scottish Arts Club Short Story Awards Dinner in Edinburgh on Saturday 15th October 2016...

Creative writing team open their doors to Bell Baxter High School pupils

| Creative Writing, English, Humanities

Around 10 Bell Baxter High School pupils and their English curriculum leader, Louise Martin, visited the University of Dundee on Wednesday 28th September for a day of Creative Writing Practice. The Fife students are currently studying for their Advanced Higher English.  Professor of Creative Writing, Kirsty Gunn and Senior Lecturer, Dr Gail Low spoke about the difficulties of starting out, putting pen to paper, and of taking the plunge. Dr Low read from a small piece from Seamus Heaney's "Room to Rhyme" Great Minds lecture delivered at the University of Dundee in 2003, an...