22 Oct 2014

School pupils to sample University life at WWI conference

Dozens of senior school pupils will get the chance to sample life in academia next week when they take part in a conference on World War I at the University of Dundee. The Great War 1914-1918 Schools Conference takes place at Dundee University Students’ Association (DUSA) from 10am-3pm on Tuesday, 28th October. Around 80 pupils from Braeview Academy, Harris Academy, Menzieshill High School and St Johns High School who are currently studying the conflict will be attending the conference. Historians involved in Great War centenary event projects on the Scottish and Russian experiences of the conflict w...

21 Oct 2014

Peanut in house dust linked to peanut allergy in children with skin gene mutation

A new study led by King’s College London in collaboration with the University of Manchester and the University of Dundee has found a strong link between exposure to peanut protein in household dust during infancy and the development of peanut allergy in children genetically predisposed to a skin barrier defect. Around 2 per cent of school children in the UK are allergic to peanuts. Severe eczema in early infancy has also been linked to food allergies, particularly peanut allergy. A major breakthough in our understanding of eczema has developed with the discovery of the FLG gene which codes for the sk...

Peanut in house dust linked to peanut allergy in children with skin gene mutation

21 Oct 2014

Festival spreads its wings across the city

This week’s Dundee Literary Festival is set to burst out of its home in Bonar Hall and land in libraries, pubs, and other venues across the city. BBC Scotland Political Editor Brian Taylor, himself a proud Dundonian, will be discussing his favourite books and writers at Coldside Library, Strathmartine Road at 11am on Saturday. Another of the city’s historic reading rooms, Blackness Library, will play host to Hannah Englekamp and her ‘Seaside Donkey’ at the same time the day before. Saturday will also see a Comics Lab hosted by Dundee Contemporary Arts ahead of the annual Comics Day....

20 Oct 2014

Dundeeā€™s forgotten war poet to be celebrated at Literary Festival

A new anthology of verse from Joseph Lee, Dundee’s forgotten war poet, will be launched at the city’s annual Literary Festival this week. ‘Joseph Lee: Poems from the Great War’ is the first collection of poems by Lee to be published for decades. His life and work will be celebrated at the launch event at the Bonar Hall from 7.30pm on Wednesday, 22nd October.  Lee's poetry was once ranked alongside those of famous World War One poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon but while their work grew in stature in years following the conflict, the Dundonian writer and artist fell out o...

20 Oct 2014

Dundee writers to be celebrated at Literary Festival

While the Dundee Literary Festival will proudly be bringing some of the world’s top authors to the city, it will also be promoting the best of Dundee’s writing talent to the world. Dundee can boast a proud literary heritage from the Wedderburn poets in the Reformation era through to the present day and this will be celebrated at a number of events held during this year’s Literary Festival. “We’ve put together a programme that not only brings top talent to Dundee, but also acts as a platform for Dundee writers to take their work out to the world,” said Festival Director A...

Dundee writers to be celebrated at Literary Festival