New exhibition to honour legendary Dundee poet

A photo of Jim Stewart (credit Alan Hillyer)
| Creative Writing, English, Humanities

The life of an inspirational author and teacher will be celebrated in a new exhibition at the University of Dundee. Jim Stewart, who lost his battle with cancer in 2016, taught Creative Writing at the University and was described by Dundee’s Makar, W.N. Herbert, as ‘one of the most significant poets of the last decade’. A celebration of his work, including poetry, prose, pictures and personal letters, opened in the Tower Foyer Gallery on Saturday 5 October. Susan Haigh, co-organiser of the exhibition, said, "It has been a real privilege to pay tribute to Jim through this exhibition. &ldqu...

BBC National Short Story Award nomination for Research Fellow Lynda

| Books, Creative Writing, English, Humanities

The need for empathy and human connection are key themes for this year’s BBC National Short Story Award nominees, a rich and varied shortlist featuring our Research Fellow, Lynda Clark. Lynda’s short story Ghillie’s Mum is one of five nominated for this year’s award, which were announced recently during BBC Radio 4’s Front Row programme. Lynda’s fellow nominees include a multi-award-winning novelist, a charity worker, a civil servant, and a Welsh writer, with their stories exploring loneliness, activism, intolerance and social exclusion. Ghillie’s Mum takes us to a...

Harper-Wood Studentship success for graduate and tutor Josie

| Creative Writing, English, Humanities, Students

Congratulations to our MLitt graduate and tutor of Memoir and Creative Non-Fiction, Josephine Jules Andrews, who has been awarded the 2019-20 Harper-Wood Studentship for English Poetry and Literature from St John’s College Cambridge. Josephine has been working on a fragmentary memoir which includes ten years spent in Madagascar. In 2020, 20 years since she was last there, the award will allow her to return to Madagascar, create new work and consolidate her project. Josephine graduated with a MLitt in Writing Practice and Study with Distinction in 2013. She has taught memoir and creative non-fiction i...

Hitting the books helped author to realise writing dream

| Books, Creative Writing, English, Humanities, Students

One of Scotland’s most exciting emerging authors says that her experience as a University of Dundee student prepared her for a new chapter in her life. Having completed her MLitt in Writing Practice and Study in 2014, Sandra Ireland has just released her third novel, The Unmaking of Ellie Rook. Now a tutor within the University’s English department, Carnoustie-based Sandra said that her studies gave her the confidence to embark upon a career as an author. “I was 45 when I started my English and Creative Writing undergraduate course at Dundee,” she said. “I always had a love fo...

Dundee ranked among UK's top 5 for student satisfaction

| Creative Writing, English, European Studies, History, Humanities, Languages, Philosophy, Students

The University of Dundee has been ranked 4th among UK universities for overall student satisfaction in the 2019 National Student Survey (NSS). The University recorded overall satisfaction of 90%, up 2% on the 2018 result and well above the sector average of 84%, and was ranked 2nd in Scotland. Our Humanities subjects also recorded good results in this year's survey, with History and Creative Writing ranking top in Scotland and within the top 20 in the UK for overall student satisfaction, along with English and Iberian (Spanish) studies also ranking in the top 20 in the UK.  The National Student Survey...