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 ...

Mother Tongue - Other Tongue: Poetry Competition

| Creative Writing, Humanities, Languages, Students

Calling all our aspiring poet students! Don't miss out on your opportunity to submit a poem, either in your own language or a language you are learning, for the Scotland-wide Mother Tongue Other Tongue writing competition. This Scotland-wide multilingual poetry project, organised by SCILT (Scotland's National Language Centre) and UCMLS (University Council Modern Languages Scotland), celebrates linguistic and cultural diversity through creative writing, and showcases the many languages which are spoken and learned by young people in schools, colleges, universities and at home. Register your interest by 27th...

Graduate Pamela Butchart to write Secret Seven novels

| Humanities, philosophy, students, books

We are delighted to hear that one of our graduates, Pamela Butchart, is to write two novels about Enid Blyton's Secret Seven for Hodder Children's Books. With the first book, The Mystery of the Skull, due to be published in July 2018 and the second due in early 2019, Pamela has been riding high since the finished her studies with us here in the School of Humanities. Pamela is a World Book Day Author for The Baby Brother from Outer Space, and in 2016, by teaming up with London-based illustrator Thomas Flintham, she won the Children's Book Award for her book My Head Teacher is a Vampire Rat. F...

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...

Humanities students nominated and highly commended in the 2017 Undergraduate Awards

Undergraduate Awards 2014
| English, Philosophy, Humanities, Students

Students from across the University of Dundee, including the School of Humanities, were shortlisted and nominated for this year's prestigious Undergraduate Awards.   Sarah Coakley, a current MLitt in English Studies student and graduate of the undergraduate MA degree programme at the University of Dundee, was nominated twice for separate submissions, with one of her essays, 'A Scottish Epic?: Scotland and Scottish Culture in James Macpherson's Ossian and Robert Burns' Tam O' Shanter', being Highly Commended in the Literature category.   This is the second year in a row that one of Sarah's essay s...