Together, the University of Dundee's Creative Writing programmes and the City of Dundee have so much on offer…

Literary Dundee LogoWithin the University, Literary Dundee organises vibrant cultural programmes for the City which complement the Creative Writing undergraduate and postgraduate programmes perfectly. Regular events include Literary Salons with leading writers, publishers and agents and the annual Dundee Literary Festival.  Our students have opportunities to showcase their work at the Festival and Salons each year. 

Lament RoomUndergraduates and postgraduates are also encouraged and supported to read and perform their work at Hotchpotch and Platform, spoken word venues in Dundee and Fife, and to take part in other literary events, from collaborations with art and science students to facilitating creative writing classes in local schools. In 2013, Kirsty Gunn adapted The Big Music for a short stage performance which featured students and staff from the Creative Writing programme.  Students also performed, read and facilitated writing workshops at a one-day symposium, In Memoriam, hosted by the Royal Society of Edinburgh and curated by Kirsty.

Forward Poetry PrizeIn addition, there are opportunities to write review and opinion pieces and to interview writers and publishers for DURA (Dundee University Review of the Arts), the lively in-house arts review magazine. You can discover the world of literary journalism, and participate in or help organise local events associated with DURA for World Book Night, Scottish Book Week and the Forward Poetry Prize.

The University is at the centre of Dundee's thriving cultural quarter which houses Scotland's only full-time resident company of actors as well as the Scottish Dance Theatre at the Dundee Rep Theatre.  There's a neighbouring arthouse cinema and gallery at Dundee Contemporary Arts with its very own Writer in Residence (a graduate of our Creative Writing programme).

Take a look at the list of forthcoming Creative Writing events we are organising.