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...

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...

How to win a major book prize - Literary prize-winning graduate to appear at Writers Read

| Books, Creative Writing, English, Humanities, Students

Daniel Shand returns to the University of Dundee this month as part of a new season of the Writers Read series of talks by distinguished literary figures. In just a few years, Daniel, from Kirkcaldy, has gone from graduating from the University’s English and Creative Writing MA degree programme to winning the Betty Trask Prize for his debut novel Fallow. The prestigious £10,000 prize, awarded for a first novel of ‘outstanding literary merit’ by an author under the age of 35, was presented at the Society of Authors’ annual ceremony in London this summer. Fallow tells of the rel...

Literary prize success for Dundee graduates

| Books, Creative Writing, English, Humanities, Students

University of Dundee creative writing graduate Daniel Shand has won one of the UK’s most prestigious prizes for a first novel. Daniel, from Kirkcaldy, has won the Betty Trask Prize for his debut novel Fallow. The prestigious £10,000 prize, awarded for a first novel of ‘outstanding literary merit’ by an author under the age of 35, was presented at the Society of Authors’ annual ceremony in London. The news comes in the same week that fellow creative writing graduate Claire MacLeary has been shortlisted for the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish crime fiction. Fallow (published by Sa...