From shy student to stand-up success

| Creative Writing, English, Humanities, Students

When Jo Hastie joined the University of Dundee’s Creative Writing programme last year she was so lacking in confidence that she could not even read her work out to her fellow students.  A year on, and Jo has won a major poetry slam in Edinburgh, performed alongside the most-watched poet on YouTube, Neil Hilborn, and written and performed stand-up comedy.   To cap it all, she will graduate with a Distinction this week as she completes her Masters degree in Writing Practice and Study on Thursday 16 November. Jo, from Aberdeen, who is also known by her pen-name Jo Gilbert, said, “I ...

Being Human to lift the lid on the real Gulliver’s Travels

| English, Humanities

What is the Google brain doing to our imagination? Are lie detectors always honest? What is bullet time? These are just three of the questions that experts from the arts and sciences from the University of Dundee will tackle at an event marking the 350th anniversary of the birth of Gulliver’s Travels author Jonathan Swift later this month. The Imaginarium, an expo of outrageous thought experiments inspired by Swift’s most famous book, takes place at the University’s Dalhousie Building on Wednesday 22 November. Visitors will also be able to enjoy talks, performances and family activities, ...

Dr Daniel Cook to give plenary address for Laurence Sterne Foundation in Poland

| English, Humanities

Dr Daniel Cook, Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Dundee, will be delivering a plenary address at The Second International Laurence Sterne Foundation Conference in Poland on Thursday 26th October. An expert on Scottish and Irish literature of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Daniel will discuss the theory and practice of authorship and appropriation in the case of the eighteenth-century Irish novelist and wit Laurence Sterne.  He will be drawing on research undertaken for his recent book for Cambridge University Press, The Afterlives of Eighteenth-Century Fiction, and for Th...

Mother Tongue - Other Tongue: Poetry Competition

| Creative Writing, Humanities, Languages, Students

Calling all our aspiring poet students! Don't miss out on your opportunity to submit a poem, either in your own language or a language you are learning, for the Scotland-wide Mother Tongue Other Tongue writing competition. This Scotland-wide multilingual poetry project, organised by SCILT (Scotland's National Language Centre) and UCMLS (University Council Modern Languages Scotland), celebrates linguistic and cultural diversity through creative writing, and showcases the many languages which are spoken and learned by young people in schools, colleges, universities and at home. Register your interest by 27th...

Graduate Pamela Butchart to write Secret Seven novels

| Humanities, philosophy, students, books

We are delighted to hear that one of our graduates, Pamela Butchart, is to write two novels about Enid Blyton's Secret Seven for Hodder Children's Books. With the first book, The Mystery of the Skull, due to be published in July 2018 and the second due in early 2019, Pamela has been riding high since the finished her studies with us here in the School of Humanities. Pamela is a World Book Day Author for The Baby Brother from Outer Space, and in 2016, by teaming up with London-based illustrator Thomas Flintham, she won the Children's Book Award for her book My Head Teacher is a Vampire Rat. F...