New exhibition to honour legendary Dundee poet

A photo of Jim Stewart (credit Alan Hillyer)
| Creative Writing, English, Humanities

The life of an inspirational author and teacher will be celebrated in a new exhibition at the University of Dundee. Jim Stewart, who lost his battle with cancer in 2016, taught Creative Writing at the University and was described by Dundee’s Makar, W.N. Herbert, as ‘one of the most significant poets of the last decade’. A celebration of his work, including poetry, prose, pictures and personal letters, opened in the Tower Foyer Gallery on Saturday 5 October. Susan Haigh, co-organiser of the exhibition, said, "It has been a real privilege to pay tribute to Jim through this exhibition. &ldqu...

Dundee students named as Europe's best

| Humanities, philosophy, students

Three University of Dundee students have been named as the top undergraduates in Europe in their respective fields. Scott Sheldrick, Chester Cornford and Lola Knibb were named as regional winners for Europe in the 2019 Global Undergraduate Awards. A further five Dundee students were highly commended by judges in the competition, which aims to celebrate top undergraduate coursework and foster interdisciplinary collaboration between students and recent graduates worldwide. Scott won the Europe award for Life Sciences, Chester for Nursing, Midwifery & Allied Healthcare, and Lola for Visual Arts. All three...

More than just a hat: How Davy Crockett’s legend inspired America’s obsession with guns

| Engage Dundee, History, Humanities, Seminars

America’s controversial gun culture may be the divisive legacy of one of the country’s most famous folk heroes, a University of Dundee expert has said. Dr Matthew Ward, a Senior Lecturer in early American history, says that the image of the politician and frontiersman cultivated following his death has been central to an issue that splits the country to this day. Dr Ward will be discussing the United States’ complex history with guns at the next Dundee Arts Café, which takes place in the McManus Café, McManus Gallery, on Tuesday 1 October. “Gun culture goes back to th...

BBC National Short Story Award nomination for Research Fellow Lynda

| Books, Creative Writing, English, Humanities

The need for empathy and human connection are key themes for this year’s BBC National Short Story Award nominees, a rich and varied shortlist featuring our Research Fellow, Lynda Clark. Lynda’s short story Ghillie’s Mum is one of five nominated for this year’s award, which were announced recently during BBC Radio 4’s Front Row programme. Lynda’s fellow nominees include a multi-award-winning novelist, a charity worker, a civil servant, and a Welsh writer, with their stories exploring loneliness, activism, intolerance and social exclusion. Ghillie’s Mum takes us to a...

Harper-Wood Studentship success for graduate and tutor Josie

| Creative Writing, English, Humanities, Students

Congratulations to our MLitt graduate and tutor of Memoir and Creative Non-Fiction, Josephine Jules Andrews, who has been awarded the 2019-20 Harper-Wood Studentship for English Poetry and Literature from St John’s College Cambridge. Josephine has been working on a fragmentary memoir which includes ten years spent in Madagascar. In 2020, 20 years since she was last there, the award will allow her to return to Madagascar, create new work and consolidate her project. Josephine graduated with a MLitt in Writing Practice and Study with Distinction in 2013. She has taught memoir and creative non-fiction i...