Comicsopolis – a public appeal to unearth more of Dundee’s comics history

| Comics, Engage Dundee, English, Humanities

An academic at the University of Dundee is researching the rich history of comics in Dundee, and is appealing for the help of the public in unearthing memories and details of publications which have long since disappeared. Christopher Murray, the world’s first Professor of Comics Studies, is in the process of writing Comicsopolis – A History of Comics in Dundee, and is interested in hearing from anyone who reads, collects, or creates comics in Dundee, or has in the past. “I think of Dundee as not only the Juteopolis, but also the Comicsopolis – the city of comics,” said P...

Comic helps young people cope with grief

| Comics, English, Humanities

Teenagers from across Scotland have shared their experiences of bereavement for a new comic aiming to help other young people deal with their grief. Produced in conjunction with academics from the Universities of Dundee and Strathclyde, When People Die: Stories from Young People is a 40-page publication filled with images, stories and insights that arose from a series of workshops held at HMYOI Polmont and the charities Richmond's Hope and Children's Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS). The intention of the year-long project was to explore how comics can help generate reflective and confident life stories for ...

Saltire Society Scotland's National Book Award for graduate Clare

| Books, Creative Writing, English, Humanities, Students

Our congratulations are extended to author Clare Hunter, who graduated from our MLitt Writing Practice and Study course in 2014, as she was announced as one of the winners in the Saltire Society's Literary Awards 2019 recently. The Saltire Society announced the winners of the 2019 Literary Awards at a glittering ceremony at the National Museum of Scotland on Saturday 30 November 2019. In a ceremony presided over by BBC Presenter Cathy MacDonald, Awards were presented in six different literary categories. The Saltire Society Scottish First Book of the Year Award was presented jointly to two authors &nd...

New book celebrates Dundee’s anatomical history

| Books, Creative Writing, English, Humanities

For more than a century, students at the University of Dundee have learned how to prolong life by studying the dead. Now, as the institution celebrates another major milestone in its history of anatomical research, a new book has been launched to chart 130 years of pioneering work at Scotland’s number one destination to study Forensic Science. To Bodies Gone charts the teaching of Anatomy from Dundee’s days as a fledgling University to its modern day status as a centre for excellence in the field. As well as providing training to generations of medical experts, the University has, through its C...

Crime cohort set to graduate

| Creative Writing, English, Humanities, Students

A publican used to hearing customers complain about the price of a pint being ‘murder’ will this Thursday become one of the first students to graduate from a unique crime writing course at the University of Dundee. Zoe Cooper will receive her MLitt Crime Writing and Forensic Investigation degree at the University’s Winter Graduation ceremony on Thursday 14 November, as will classmates Gillian Duff and Scot Mackenzie. The Masters course is the first of its kind in the UK and sees academics from the University’s School of Humanities and Centre for Anatomy & Human Identification (C...

Treasures from the deep and beach cleaning at Broughty Ferry

| Books, Engage Dundee, English, Humanities

Students and staff from the University of Dundee will this weekend lead members of the public on a treasure hunt and beach clean – with tantalising tales of creatures from beneath the Tay thrown in for good measure. The Tay Treasure Hunt & Beach Clean takes place at Broughty Ferry Beach on Sunday 17 November. The event is one of around a dozen being held across Dundee as part of the Being Human Festival, the UK’s national celebration of the humanities, along with film screenings at Dundee Contemporary Arts, a take-over of Dundee Science Centre and more. All events are free, although advance...

Historical ‘Poet’s Box’ shop relived for festival

| Comics, Engage Dundee, English, Humanities

A pop-up shop in Dundee’s Wellgate Centre, inspired by the Poet’s Box where Dundonians of yesteryear performed and printed their latest creations, will serve as the regional headquarters of a national festival taking place this month. The University of Dundee is the Scottish hub for Being Human, the UK’s national celebration of the humanities, which takes place from 14-23 November. The programme is built around the theme of ‘The Aquatic City’, with events showcasing the range of scholarship at the University. The Festival HQ, hosting a series of events in partnership with Dund...

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...