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School of English news - April 2014

Queen's Poetry Medal for Professor Douglas Dunn

Professor Douglas Dunn, emeritus Professor and former Head of the School of English, has received the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry 2013 in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in recognition of his lifetime contribution to literature. Committee chair and poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy described Professor Dunn as one of "the greatest poets Scotland has produced". The School's Professor Don Paterson holds the Queen's 2009 Gold Medal for Poetry.

Douglas Dunn receives the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry

Dear Scotland....

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Zinnie Harris is one of 20 Scottish writers contributing to a new National Theatre of Scotland project.

Zinnie Harris

This month, the National Theatre of Scotland will stage a series of 20 monologues inspired by pictures at the National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh. The 20 monologues have been curated into an after-hours’ tour of the building, and will be performed as promenade theatre staged within the galleries. Other writers contributing to the project include AL Kennedy, David Greig, Jackie Kay, Janice Galloway and Louise Welsh.


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Publications for Profs Susan Sellers and Douglas Dunn and Claudia Daventry. 

Virginia Woolf and December 1910

Professor Susan Sellers has contributed to a new collection entitled Virginia Woolf and December 1910: Studies in Rhetoric and Context, edited by Makiko Minow-Pinkey.

The collection responds to Virginia Woolf's famous assertion that 'on or about December 1910 human character changed', and includes chapters by Profs Elizabeth Abel, Rachel Bowlby, Terry Eagleton, Jane Goldman, Alison Light, Makiko Minow-Pinkney, Suzanne Raitt and Christopher Reed. Susan's chapter is entitled 'From prehistoric caves to time tunnels: Reflections on Virginia Woolf, human character and the past'.

Various members of the School of English, including emeritus Professor Douglas Dunn, Professor Susan Sellers and Claudia Daventry are featured in a Special Scottish issue of Fusion magazine.

Lectures, masterclass, readings and competitions

Lecture by Phillip Mallett, masterclass by Prof Susan Sellers, talks by Profs Robert Crawford and Don Paterson, and readings by Lesley Glaister and Jacob Polley.

On 30th March, Phillip Mallett will be lecturing at a conference organised by the Thomas Hardy and Philip Larkin Societies at St Anne's College, Oxford. Phillip's lecture is entitled "Hardy, Larkin, and 'the heartland of the ordinary'".

On 5th April Professor Susan Sellers will be giving a Masterclass on writing literary fiction at the Cambridge Literary Festival.

On 7th April Professor Robert Crawford will be taking part in The Arts of Independence, an event within the programme of 'Aye Write' festival in Glasgow. The event examines how writing has influenced the terms of the Scottish Independence debate. 

On 11th April Professor Don Paterson will be speaking at The Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, at Queen’s University Belfast as part of a major international conference to honour Seamus Heaney. On 23rd April, Don will be speaking at Scotland's Creative Writing Centre, Moniack Mhor, Teavarran, Kiltarlity.

On 16th April Lesley Glaister will be reading from her new novel, Little Egypt, at Costa Coffee, Market Street, in St Andrews.

Jacob Polley has been a judge for the Faber and Faber New Poets Scheme, the results of which have now been announced. On 1st May he will be reading from his work in Glasgow at the Centre for Contemporary Arts.


Postgraduate news

Anna West has published an essay, 'The Woman and the Dog: Moral Sense and Moral Agency in Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd' in the Thomas Hardy Journal, XXIX; Meghan Healy has published an essay on 'Models of Masculinity in David Copperfield and Cousin Phillis' in Rivista di Studi Vittoriani