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...

Students create suicide awareness comic to address the stigma of mental health

| Comics, Engage Dundee, English, Humanities, Students

Students and staff from the University of Dundee have produced a comic to raise awareness of suicide in an attempt to reduce the stigma around mental health. ‘Let’s Talk About Suicide’ will launch on Wednesday 10 October to coincide with World Mental Health Day. The dynamic storybook deals with a sensitive and under-resourced health issue in an engaging way. The visually driven publication addresses inequality, stereotypes and other factors associated with mental health and suicide. By using the comic style, potential barriers in traditional healthcare communications, such as sight, liter...

Conference aims to revive interest in the essay

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

An international line-up of academics and literary aficionados will attempt to breathe new life into the essay at a conference hosted by the University of Dundee. Teachers, writers, artists, publishers and journalists from around the world will join secondary school pupils and members of the public for ‘Taking Ideas for a Walk: The 2018 Essay Conference’, aimed at revitalising interest in the form. Beginning on Tuesday 19 June, delegates will gather at Hospitalfield House in Arbroath for the two-day event, hosted by Professor Kirsty Gunn and Dr Gail Low of the University’s English departm...

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...

Who were the Jacobites and what did they want for Scotland? (Public lecture)

| Engage Dundee, History, Humanities

Two of Scotland’s most eminent historians will debate the intentions and legacy of the Jacobites when a University of Dundee research centre hosts the first in a nationwide lecture series exploring the country’s past. ‘Who were the Jacobites and what did they want for Scotland?’ will see Dundee’s Professor Christopher Whatley and Professor Murray Pittock, of the University of Glasgow, tackle these questions at the Apex Hotel, City Quay, on Tuesday 24 April. It is the inaugural event in the History Scotland Lectures series, which has been developed in association with the Unive...