Graduate Claire’s first novel published by Contraband

| Books, Creative Writing, English, Humanities, Students

Cross Purpose, the debut novel of creative writing graduate Claire MacLeary, will be published this month as part of a two-book deal she signed with Sara Hunt of Saraband under their Contraband imprint. The crime thriller has been a long time coming for Claire, who is now in her 60s.  She spoke to us recently about her journey at the University of Dundee and how she came to this exciting point in her career. "I was in Professor Kirsty Gunn's first intake for the then MLitt in Creative writing. I'd always been interested in writing, but diverted for decades by child-rearing and the demands of business ...

Dundee conference inspires special edition of poetry journal

| Books, Creative Writing, English, Humanities, Students

The Open Library of Humanities have just published a special edition of their Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry, featuring papers first heard at a conference held at the University of Dundee in March 2015. The conference ‘New Papers in Contemporary British Poetry’ aimed to showcase new critical work on poets now living and working in Britain, and to provide a platform for doctoral and early-career researchers in the field to disseminate their research.  It featured participants from across the UK, and now five of those papers have featured as essays in the Journ...

History links with South Africa strengthened following award of British Academy Fellowship

| History, Humanities

We are delighted to announce that Dr Lindie Koorts (University of the Free State, South Africa) and Dr Matt Graham (University of Dundee) as co-investigator have been successful in achieving a British Academy Newton Advanced Fellowship recently.  The fellowship is worth £111k over 3 years for their project on 'The Age of Opportunism: Paul Kruger’s Transvaal, 1886-1899'.   The project will see a range of activities hosted by the Scottish Centre for Global History at the University of Dundee and the International Studies Group at the University of the Free State in South Africa. As...

Dundee Comics Creative Space named charity of the month

| Comics, English, Humanities

The Rank Foundation recently named our Dundee Comics Creative Space (DCCS) as their 'charity of the month' for December 2016. Recognising the great work carried out by the DCCS, the Rank Foundation said they had been engaged in a number of the Foundation's projects including designing one of their brochures, hiring an intern for their 'Time to Shine' programme, and supporting one of their Leadership Award holders on a placement. The Dundee Comics Creative Space, which is funded by the Rank Foundation, is a social enterprise encouraging learning through comics, supporting aspiring comic artists and providin...

'The Spanish Resurgence 1713-1748' - new book by Dr Christopher Storrs

| Books, European Studies, History, Humanities

A new book by Dr Christopher Storrs, Reader in History at the University of Dundee, has recently been published by Yale University Press.  The Spanish Resurgence, 1713-1748 is a major reassessment of Philip V’s leadership and what it meant for the modern Spanish state. Often dismissed as ineffective, indolent, and dominated by his second wife, Philip V of Spain (1700–1746), the first Bourbon king, was in fact the greatest threat to peace in Europe during his reign. Under his rule, Spain was a dynamic force and expansionist power, especially in the Mediterranean world. Campaigns in Italy an...