The Voyage Out - celebrating a decade of creativity

| Books, Creative Writing, English, Humanities

An international anthology celebrating a decade of risky journeys into the unknown is to be launched on board the RRS Discovery on Friday, 16th September. In the spirit by which the RRS Discovery was launched from Dundee into the white spaces of the Antarctic in 1902, The Voyage Out, a unique compendium of fiction, poetry, essays, art and film and science, captures the anticipation and the possibilities of voyaging. The Voyage Out marks a decade of imaginative journeys undertaken in Writing Practice and Study at the University and commemorates the work of Dundee poet and much loved English Lecturer, Jim S...

Edinburgh book launch for graduate Sandra Ireland

| Books, Creative Writing, English, Humanities, Students

University of Dundee Writing Practice and Study graduate Sandra Ireland will launch her debut novel in Edinburgh on Wednesday 14th September! Golden Hare Books said they were proud to announce they will be hosting the launch party for Sandra’s debut novel, Beneath the Skin at the Saint Stephen’s Centre in September. The novel is set in Stockbridge so it will be launching on its home turf. Taking a job in the studio of an Edinburgh taxidermist probably isn’t Walt’s wisest decision. Suffering from combat stress and struggling to outrun the demons from his past, he now f...

Death on the Fringe

| Creative Writing, English, Humanities, Students

Staff and students from the University of Dundee will explore what happens when you shuffle off this mortal coil as they take to the stage at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this weekend. The previously unseen ‘Death Pantomime’ written by Eddie Small, English Tutor at the University, will feature staff and students from across the institution in a bid to raise awareness of the cultural changes in our traditions of death over the last 80 years through dark comedy and song. The play searches the culture of death in Scotland and seeks to highlight how bereavement has changed, as more and more cultur...

Mary Lily Walker's birthplace celebrated by plaque

| Creative Writing, English, Humanities

Victorian social reformer Mary Lily Walker, known for improving the lives and living conditions of her fellow Dundonians, was recently commemorated by the University of Dundee and Historic Scotland when they unveiled a plaque at the home in which she was born. The memorial plaque was placed upon 152 Perth Road on Tuesday 5th July by Lesley Nicoll from campus services at the University, English Tutor Eddie Small, and Dundee City Councillor, Lesley Brennan. Born in the 1860s, Mary was one of the first graduates of University College Dundee and one of the first women in Scotland to be taught in the same class...

Graduate Claire MacLeary signs two-book deal with Contraband

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Following on from our recent story about the publication success of our creative writing graduate Sandra Ireland, we now have more great news that another graduate, Claire MacLeary, has recently signed a two-book deal with Sara Hunt of Saraband under their Contraband imprint. Claire spoke to us recently about her journey with us and how she came to this exciting point in her career. "I was in 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 interests I'd developed. A Continuing Edu...