Clare stitches success with first book

| Books, Creative Writing, English, Humanities, Students

For thousands of years, those on the fringes of society have used sewing to document their experiences. University of Dundee graduate, Clare Hunter unravels some of these stories in her new book, Threads of Life: A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle. Published this week, the book chronicles politics, power, protest and memories of men and women who have used the language of sewing to make their voices heard, including stories of Mary Queen of Scots and survivors of World War One. Clare Hunter, who graduated from the MLitt Writing Practice and Study course in 2014, says that the idea for her b...

Former PhD student publishes thesis as critically-acclaimed book

| Books, English, Humanities, Theatre Studies

Dr Mark Brown, who recently wrote his PhD on contemporary drama, supervised by Dr Jo George at the University of Dundee, has now published it with Macmillan. His book focuses on the revolution that has occurred on the Scottish stage since the late 1960s. Dr Brown, who is also a leading theatre reviewer, has written the first critical history mapping the key trends in this extraordinarily creative and fertile period. Modernism and Scottish Theatre since 1969: A Revolution on Stage, by Mark Brown This book is the first monograph on what author and Scottish theatre critic of The Times Allan Radcliffe refers t...

Scottish Book Trust New Writers award for Tutor and former student Alice Tarbuck

| Creative Writing, English, Humanities, Students

We are delighted to see that one of the Scottish Book Trust's New Writers Awards for 2019 has been awarded to one of our School of Humanities tutors, Alice Tarbuck.  Alice is a poet living in Edinburgh, but she is also a Creative Writing Tutor on our first year MA English and Creative Writing course, as well as being a former PhD student in the Centre for Poetic Innovation (CPI) and more recently a Post-Doctoral Fellow of the CPI. The CPI is a join initiative between the Universities of Dundee and St Andrews, in collaboration with the Scottish Poetry Library.  The New Writers Awards are a fantast...

Poacher's Pilgrimage poised to pique interest

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

Award-winning author and activist Alastair McIntosh will give members of the public in Dundee something to write home about this week, as he shares the story of his pilgrimage through the landscape of his childhood. The internationally-renowned peace activist and broadcaster will talk about his latest book, ‘Poacher’s Pilgrimage’ and the journey which inspired it, on Wednesday 23 January from 3-5pm at Tonic, Nethergate, Dundee. His discussion with the University of Dundee’s Professor of Writing and Study, Kirsty Gunn, is the first in the latest series of ‘Writers Read’ e...

Wizard of Oz: why this extraordinary movie has been so influential – Dr Brian Hoyle in The Conversation

| English, Humanities

“It seems that the tale of Dorothy's adventure on the Yellow Brick Road can reasonably lay claim to being the most influential movie of all time. "Film is a highly collaborative art form and the contributions made by every department to this film – photography, set, costume, music, editing and cast – is immaculate. Indeed, to watch The Wizard of Oz is to watch the Hollywood studio machine working at the very peak of its efficiency." In an article for The Conversation, Dr Brian Hoyle, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Dundee, discusses the vast influence of this 1939 fil...

Understanding America in uncertain times

| American Studies, History, Humanities, Philosophy

Across the University, there are academics whose expertise makes them uniquely placed to comment on contemporary developments in the USA.  In a new University of Dundee article some of our Humanities academics, along with other colleagues from across the University, shed light on President Trump's America by placing its events and controversies in their cultural, historical, political and social context at a time seemingly defined by polarisation and conflict. Read more here...

Arctic Researcher to visit Science Fiction Programme in Dundee

| English, Humanities

Marcin Dymet, of the University of Lapland’s Arctic Centre, Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law (Finland), will be visiting the University of Dundee from the 22-28 November 2018. Mr Dymet is joining us to find out about our teaching and research in order to gauge how Science Fiction can be used as a tool for understanding real world issues affecting the human relationship with the Arctic ecology and its wildlife. He has been particularly drawn by the city’s rich heritage of polar exploration and the use of the arctic framing narrative in Frankenstein, the ‘Ur-text’...

Megan hopes comic will help others deal with grief

| Comics, English, Humanities, Students

Inspired by the memory of her beloved father, University of Dundee PhD student Megan Sinclair has created a new comic that explores bereavement while raising both awareness of heart disease and funds for vital medical research. Close to the Heart will be launched at a symposium at Dundee Comics Creative Space on Wednesday 21 November. The publication centres on the sudden death of Megan’s father, George, who suffered a fatal heart attack in his sleep at the age of 53 in April 2014. She says the event turned her family and life upside down but her determination to do her father proud helped drive Mega...

Poetry volume launch honours lecturer's legacy

| Books, Creative Writing, English, Humanities

Colleagues of a University of Dundee lecturer who died in 2016 will celebrate his life this week by publishing a volume of his poetry. Staff of the University’s English Programme in the School of Humanities hosted a crowdfunding campaign to raise the £2,000 needed to publish ‘THIS’, a collection of work by Dr Jim Stewart. Despite having shown little interest in making his poems public during the early stages of his career, Jim was in the process of producing a volume of his work when he received his cancer diagnosis. However, after succumbing to his illness at the age of 64, colleag...

Frankenstein Returns 'home'

| Engage Dundee, English, Humanities

The University of Dundee will next month host a series of events celebrating Mary Shelley in the city that inspired the teenage pioneer of science fiction to become a writer. Frankenstein Returns takes place at venues throughout Dundee from Friday 16 to Saturday 24 November as part of Being Human 2018, the national festival of the humanities that has this year expanded to include events in Australia, France, Italy, Singapore and the United States. One of the flagship events will be a recreation of the wildly popular Gothic shows that thrilled huge crowds around the time Shelley was writing Frankenstein. &l...