Five true-crime podcasts for the armchair detective in you

| English, Humanities

Everybody loves a good whodunnit. It's why true-crime documentaries like Making a Murderer, The Keepers, and now The Staircase have all been big Netflix hits. Yet away from television screens, true crime has found another very happy home - podcasting.  Laura Findlay takes us through her list of five true crime podcasts that demand your attention this summer in an article for The Conversation. Laura is a Research Assistant in the School of Humanities at the University of Dundee. See the full article here   Useful links: English at the University of Dundee Study Crime Writing and Forensic Inv...

"I'm not stopping now" says ground-breaking graduate

| English, History, Humanities, Students

A pioneering University of Dundee student is eyeing up a career in academia after a search for a night class led to her obtaining a degree. Fiona Dixon said that she had only wanted to broaden her horizons when she started looking for a suitable subject to study in 2012. However, as the mother of five from Dundee prepared to become one of the University’s first part-time students to graduate with honours last week, she admitted that her unintended return to higher education has prompted her to consider a career in the field. The 47-year-old collected her First Class MA with joint honours in English a...

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...