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...

Shorthand work helps artist deal with pain of miscarriage

| Humanities, Students

An art student and former journalist has created a series of shorthand-inspired works to help her cope with the trauma of miscarriage. Ana Hine produced the pieces as part of her MFA Art & Humanities course at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design. Her project is one of more than 80 exhibits at this year’s Masters Show, which runs until this weekend. Ana used Teeline shorthand, a form of note-taking that increases the speed and brevity of writing by using abbreviated symbols rather than full words, as a way of expressing her feelings after suffering a miscarriage. She is now looking f...

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...

Newly published Languages Evaluation Report co-authored by Marion Sporing

| European Studies, Humanities, Languages

A newly published evaluation report has been co-authored by Marion Spöring, Senior Lecturer in Languages and European Studies here at the University of Dundee.  Working Together for Languages is an evaluation report considering four collaborative language promotional initiatives, Business Brunches, Language linking Global Thinking, and Word Wizard. Running from 2014-2017, these initiatives were collaborative efforts to promote languages and language learning in schools. The report looks at the impact on learner attitudes and uptake in the upper secondary phase during the period.  The authors...