Conference aims to revive interest in the essay

| Creative Writing, Engage Dundee, English, Humanities, Seminars

An international line-up of academics and literary aficionados will attempt to breathe new life into the essay at a conference hosted by the University of Dundee. Teachers, writers, artists, publishers and journalists from around the world will join secondary school pupils and members of the public for ‘Taking Ideas for a Walk: The 2018 Essay Conference’, aimed at revitalising interest in the form. Beginning on Tuesday 19 June, delegates will gather at Hospitalfield House in Arbroath for the two-day event, hosted by Professor Kirsty Gunn and Dr Gail Low of the University’s English departm...

Campaign to honour Dundee lecturer's dying wish

| Books, Creative Writing, English, Humanities

A group of University of Dundee lecturers have launched a crowdfunding campaign to honour the final wish of a former colleague. Members of the University’s English department are hoping to raise £2,000 to publish the poetry of Dr Jim Stewart, who lost his battle against liver cancer two years ago. An immensely popular figure with both students and staff, Jim had shown little interest in making his poems public during the early stages of his career. However, after stating a desire to produce a volume of his work following his diagnosis, Professor Kirsty Gunn and Dr Gail Low have vowed to honour ...

Monster new edition to celebrate Frankenstein's Dundee links

| Books, Comics, English, Engage Dundee, Humanities

A new Dundee Edition of Frankenstein celebrating author Mary Shelley’s links to the city is to be published and distributed free to local schoolchildren later this year. Edited and introduced by Dr Daniel Cook, of the University of Dundee’s English department, the book will comprise the complete 1818 text of the ground-breaking science fiction novel as well as dozens of commissioned images produced by award-winning local comics artists. Broadcaster Billy Kay, who is currently working on a BBC Scotland radio documentary exploring Mary Shelley’s Dundee, will provide the foreword. “Fra...

Plenary lecture on Swift and Satire by Dr Daniel Cook

| English, Humanities

Dr Daniel Cook, Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Dundee, will be delivering the keynote lecture at the Satire: Deaths, Births, and Legacies conference at York St John University on 2nd June. His topic will be the extraordinary legacy of the Irish satirist Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver's Travels, A Tale of a Tub, and other works. Dr Cook has published widely on the life and works of Swift, and he is currently completing a monograph on the satirist and a new critical edition of Gulliver's Travels. As part of the recent 350th anniversary celebrations of Swift's birth, Dr Cook appeared on a...

It's alive! Dundee Comics Creative Space goes to London

| Comics, English, Humanities

Dr Daniel Cook (Senior Lecturer in English) and Dr Golnar Nabizadeh (Lecturer in Comics) will lead a team of artists from Dundee Comics Creative Space on an excursion to Senate House in London this week, where they have been invited to showcase their work as part of the annual Living Literature series. A public celebration of the 200th anniversary of the first publication of Frankenstein, written by former Dundee resident Mary Shelley, the event on 23rd May will include live beatboxing, ghost stories by candlelight, historical operating theatres, 3D monster printing, and our pop-up comics studio....