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...

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

| Books, European Studies, History, Humanities

The Spanish Resurgence, 1713-1748, a new book by Dr Chris Storrs, has been formally launched at the Spanish embassy in London recently. The launch event was attended by around 80 people and featured a book signing and talk by Dr Storrs.  Published by Yale University Press at the end of 2016, the book 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 h...

An interview with the world's first Professor of Comic Studies, Chris Murray

| Books, Comics, English, Humanities

In a fascinating recent interview with the Times Higher Education (THE) team, Chris Murray, the world's first Professor of Comic Studies, discussed ‘Mickey Mouse’ degree accusations, lessons on wartime alliances and the perils of eating cheese before bedtime. A University of Dundee academic and researcher in comics, primarily UK and US publications, Chris has become a global authority in his field. His book The British Superhero was published this month by the University Press of Mississippi.  See the full interview here Find out about studying comics at the University of Du...