How to win a major book prize - Literary prize-winning graduate to appear at Writers Read

| Books, Creative Writing, English, Humanities, Students

Daniel Shand returns to the University of Dundee this month as part of a new season of the Writers Read series of talks by distinguished literary figures. In just a few years, Daniel, from Kirkcaldy, has gone from graduating from the University’s English and Creative Writing MA degree programme to winning the Betty Trask Prize for his debut novel Fallow. The prestigious £10,000 prize, awarded for a first novel of ‘outstanding literary merit’ by an author under the age of 35, was presented at the Society of Authors’ annual ceremony in London this summer. Fallow tells of the rel...

Sell-out show returns to Dundee

| Engage Dundee, English, History, Humanities

The critically-acclaimed show, ‘Dundee’s Four Marys’ is set to return to the city where it was written next week. Following three sell-out seasons, the show will return to the stage at the University of Dundee. Written copies of the play, with a foreword by Dundee-born, Hollywood actor and former Rector of the University, Brian Cox, will be available for purchase. Written and produced by Eddie Small, Tutor of English at the University, the show brings together the legacy of four of the city’s most influential women - Mary Ann Baxter, Mary Slessor, Mary Lily Walker and Mary Brooksban...

Humanities students nominated and highly commended in the 2017 Undergraduate Awards

Undergraduate Awards 2014
| English, Philosophy, Humanities, Students

Students from across the University of Dundee, including the School of Humanities, were shortlisted and nominated for this year's prestigious Undergraduate Awards.   Sarah Coakley, a current MLitt in English Studies student and graduate of the undergraduate MA degree programme at the University of Dundee, was nominated twice for separate submissions, with one of her essays, 'A Scottish Epic?: Scotland and Scottish Culture in James Macpherson's Ossian and Robert Burns' Tam O' Shanter', being Highly Commended in the Literature category.   This is the second year in a row that one of Sarah's essay s...

Take pity on forensic scientists, crime writers make their lives a nightmare - Dr Aliki Varvogli in The Conversation

| English, Humanities

"These days, forensic scientists are one of the great staples of the crime fiction genre.  They are integral to everything from popular TV franchises to blockbuster names like Patricia Cornwell and Jeffrey Deaver.  There is also something about their incredible achievements that we often overlook: they are often a long way from the reality."  Dr Aliki Varvogli, Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Dundee, discusses the misconceptions of the indisputable truths of forensic science perpetuated by crime fiction in an article for The Conversation.  See the full article Usef...

Jonathan Swift at 350: Lost and Found (Being Human Festival 2017)

| Comics, Creative Writing, Engage Dundee, English, Film Studies, Humanities

Join us for the Being Human Festival 2017 - 17-25 November The world’s greatest satirist, Jonathan Swift, turns 350 in November 2017. Lost amid a series of fantastical places, the narrator of his most famous work, Gulliver’s Travels, enthrals everyone he meets with his adeptness in lying – storytelling, in short. Through a series of hands-on activities and immersive events centred on tall tales in Dundee, the City of Discovery, Jonathan Swift at 350: Lost and Found engages with the extraordinary legacy of a writer who found wondrous and shocking perspectives on being human like no one els...