From shy student to stand-up success

| Creative Writing, English, Humanities, Students

When Jo Hastie joined the University of Dundee’s Creative Writing programme last year she was so lacking in confidence that she could not even read her work out to her fellow students.  A year on, and Jo has won a major poetry slam in Edinburgh, performed alongside the most-watched poet on YouTube, Neil Hilborn, and written and performed stand-up comedy.   To cap it all, she will graduate with a Distinction this week as she completes her Masters degree in Writing Practice and Study on Thursday 16 November. Jo, from Aberdeen, who is also known by her pen-name Jo Gilbert, said, “I ...

Being Human to lift the lid on the real Gulliver’s Travels

| English, Humanities

What is the Google brain doing to our imagination? Are lie detectors always honest? What is bullet time? These are just three of the questions that experts from the arts and sciences from the University of Dundee will tackle at an event marking the 350th anniversary of the birth of Gulliver’s Travels author Jonathan Swift later this month. The Imaginarium, an expo of outrageous thought experiments inspired by Swift’s most famous book, takes place at the University’s Dalhousie Building on Wednesday 22 November. Visitors will also be able to enjoy talks, performances and family activities, ...

Dr Daniel Cook to give plenary address for Laurence Sterne Foundation in Poland

| English, Humanities

Dr Daniel Cook, Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Dundee, will be delivering a plenary address at The Second International Laurence Sterne Foundation Conference in Poland on Thursday 26th October. An expert on Scottish and Irish literature of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Daniel will discuss the theory and practice of authorship and appropriation in the case of the eighteenth-century Irish novelist and wit Laurence Sterne.  He will be drawing on research undertaken for his recent book for Cambridge University Press, The Afterlives of Eighteenth-Century Fiction, and for Th...

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...

Sell-out show returns to Dundee

| Engage Dundee, English, History, Humanities

The critically-acclaimed show, ‘Dundee’s Four Marys’ is set to return to the city where it was written next week. Following three sell-out seasons, the show will return to the stage at the University of Dundee. Written copies of the play, with a foreword by Dundee-born, Hollywood actor and former Rector of the University, Brian Cox, will be available for purchase. Written and produced by Eddie Small, Tutor of English at the University, the show brings together the legacy of four of the city’s most influential women - Mary Ann Baxter, Mary Slessor, Mary Lily Walker and Mary Brooksban...