Megan hopes comic will help others deal with grief

| Comics, English, Humanities, Students

Inspired by the memory of her beloved father, University of Dundee PhD student Megan Sinclair has created a new comic that explores bereavement while raising both awareness of heart disease and funds for vital medical research. Close to the Heart will be launched at a symposium at Dundee Comics Creative Space on Wednesday 21 November. The publication centres on the sudden death of Megan’s father, George, who suffered a fatal heart attack in his sleep at the age of 53 in April 2014. She says the event turned her family and life upside down but her determination to do her father proud helped drive Mega...

Poetry volume launch honours lecturer's legacy

| Books, Creative Writing, English, Humanities

Colleagues of a University of Dundee lecturer who died in 2016 will celebrate his life this week by publishing a volume of his poetry. Staff of the University’s English Programme in the School of Humanities hosted a crowdfunding campaign to raise the £2,000 needed to publish ‘THIS’, a collection of work by Dr Jim Stewart. Despite having shown little interest in making his poems public during the early stages of his career, Jim was in the process of producing a volume of his work when he received his cancer diagnosis. However, after succumbing to his illness at the age of 64, colleag...

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...

Student catalogues treasure trove of comics

| Comics, English, Humanities, Students

An American student was delighted to find rare comics, some dating back to the 1800s, amongst thousands of comics she catalogued at the University of Dundee. Hailey Austin says she has found comic gems including Punch magazine, first issues of rare DC and Marvel comics, as well as drafts and proofs of early DC Thomson comics amongst the materials donated to the University’s Archives. Hailey, a 24 year-old PhD student from Colorado, said that the mammoth task of cataloguing the majority of the collections took over three months but she would happily do it all over again because of the value these...

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...

Fates of Frankenstein

| English, Humanities

Dr Daniel Cook, Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Dundee, will be giving the plenary lecture at the 'Fates of Frankenstein' conference at Edinburgh Napier University next month.  The two-day conference, running from 23-24 November 2018, is about adaptations and appropriations of Shelley’s novel, and is part of a series of events organised by The Age of Frankenstein Project to commemorate the bicentenary of Frankenstein’s publication. The conference explores Frankenstein’s myriad cultural fates, in which it not only inspires new narratives and creativ...

New comic shares the gift of organ donation

| Comics, English, Humanities

The tragic death of a University of Dundee lecturer’s son, whose organ donation renewed the lives of nine strangers, has inspired a new comic that aims to get the public talking about life after death. The new comic is a collaboration between the University of Dundee and the NHS, and seeks to get high school-aged children and the wider public thinking about organ donation. Entitled The Gift, it will be launched on Monday 3 September to kick-off Organ Donation Week in Scotland. The 32-page book, written by recipients of organ donation, the families of donors as well as University and NH...

Additional funding announced for arts and humanities research based in Scotland

| Creative Writing, English, History, Humanities, Philosophy

The next generation of research professionals working in the Arts and Humanities in Scotland are to benefit from substantial funding awarded to the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Scottish Funding Council (SFC). The Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) is one of 10 consortia across the UK to have received a share of £170 million AHRC Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) funding. The funding awarded to SGSAH will support 190 PhD students over the next five years. Additional funding will be provided...

Target reached to publish poetry collection

| Books, Creative Writing, English, Humanities

A University of Dundee lecturer has been hailed one of the most significant Scottish poets to emerge in the last decade, following a successful fundraising campaign to posthumously publish his poetry. The work of the late Dr Jim Stewart, who taught in the University’s English department, has already received wide praise in anticipation of the collection’s publication later this year. Dundee’s Makar, W.N. (Bill) Herbert, said, “This collection will rightly establish Jim, with a single volume, as one of the most significant Scottish poets of the last decade.” Jim passed away in ...

Val McDermid Award to celebrate crime writing course success

| Books, Creative Writing, English, Humanities

Best-selling author Val McDermid has lent her name to a prize recognising the top student on a University of Dundee course for aspiring crime writers. The Val McDermid Award will be presented annually to the MLitt Crime Writing and Forensic Investigation student who produces the best dissertation as part of their course. The inaugural prize will be awarded at Dundee’s graduation ceremony in November. This Masters degree 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 (CAHID) share t...