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School of English news - December 2015-January 2016


Emile Zola on Radio 4

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Oliver Emanuel has written a series of plays that adapt twenty novels by Emile Zola for Radio 4

Zola

Based on Zola’s novels about the Rougon-Macquart family, ‘Blood, Sex and Money’ sees Glenda Jackson return to acting for the first time in 23 years, to star as the 104 year old matriarch Dide, in stories about truth-telling, violence, Paris and love-triangles.

Oliver has written about the process of adapting Zola into plays here

You can listen to podcasts of Season 1 here




Prize Shortlist for Don Paterson

40 Sonnets

Professor Don Paterson’s new volume of poems 40 Sonnets has been shortlisted for both the T.S. Eliot Poetry Prize and the Costa poetry award.

In 40 Sonnets Professor Paterson returns to themes of contradiction and strangeness, tension and transformation, the dream world, and the divided self. Addressed to children, friends and enemies, the living and the dead, musicians, poets and dogs, some of the poems take a traditional form, while some are highly experimental. In them, voices call home from the blackout and the airlock, the storm cave and the séance, the coalshed, the war, the ringroad, the forest and the sea.




Rethinking the Monstrous: New Book for Dr Jim Byatt

Rethinking the Monstrous

Dr Jim Byatt's new book has been published.

Dr Jim Byatt’s book, Rethinking the Monstrous: Transgresion, Vulnerability and Difference in British Science Fiction since 1967, questions what otherness means in contemporary society, how it manifests and manages itself, focusing on characters in novels who are excluded, criminally transgressive and culturally stigmatized. Dr Byatt argues that there is a continuity of resistance to a diverse range of tabooed and monstrous identities. More information is available here




Zinnie Harris directs ‘Tracks of the Winter Bear’

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Zinnie Harris is directing ‘Tracks of the Winter Bear’ by Rona Munro and Stephen Greenhorn, ‘a seasonal tale of lovers, loners and carnivores’, at the Traverse Theatre from Saturday 5 December to Thursday 24 December. You can find out more and buy tickets here




Kilts, Celts and Clearances

Dr Peter Mackay’s essay for Radio 3, on the thousands of Celtic soldiers who fought in kilted regiments during the First World War, was broadcast on November 13 and is currently available as a podcast. Dr Mackay explores the cultural identity adopted with the kilt and how far it was pervaded by a fantastic sense of the Celts. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p037s7pt




Lesley Glaister's Visiting the Animal

Mariscat Books will be launching Visiting the Animal, Lesley Glaister's first pamphlet of poems, on 5 December in Blackwells Bookshop, South Bridge Edinburgh. https://www.list.co.uk/event/531894-lesley-glaister-visiting-the-animal/




Lectures, Talks, Competitions and Blogs

Dr Sam Haddow gave a lecture at the University of Glasgow

Professor Robert Crawford is judging the 'Key Stage 4 Poetry' section of the 2015 Young Muslim Writers Awards

Professor Susan Sellers will be in conversation with her co-editor on the Cambridge University Press Virginia Woolf edition

Professor Don Paterson will read at The Print Room at the Coronet in London

Dr Nora Bartlett will post 'Emma in the Snow' to inaugurate a year of postings related to Jane Austen’s Emma

Dr Margaret Conolly is a visiting fellow at Trinity College Dublin for January 2016

Professor Neil Rhodes will give a paper on ‘Translation as Making Common in Sixteenth-Century England’ 

On 26 November, Dr Sam Haddow gave a lecture at the University of Glasgow titled "You don't belong here: Blood + Chocolate and British rituals of remembrance."

Professor Robert Crawford is judging the 'Key Stage 4 Poetry' section of the 2015 Young Muslim Writers Awards, the ceremony for which will take place in London on 5 December. https://ymwa.org.uk/winners-to-be-announced-2015/

On 10 December, Professor Susan Sellers will be in conversation with her co-editor on the Cambridge University Press Virginia Woolf edition, Dr Jane Goldman from the University of Glasgow, at Clare Hall at the University of Cambridge. http://www.clarehall.cam.ac.uk/events/literary-talks/

On 15 December Professor Don Paterson will read at The Print Room at the Coronet in London (http://www.the-print-room.org/theatre/autumn-2015-season/poetry-the-print-room/) and on Sunday 10 January 2016 Don will read at the TS Eliot Prize ceremony at the Southbank Centre in London, along with other poets shortlisted for the 2015 prize (http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/ts-eliot-prize-readings-2016-93940).

On 25 December, Dr Nora Bartlett will post 'Emma in the Snow' to inaugurate a year of postings related to Jane Austen’s Emma on the new Jane Austen Blog run by the University of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Dr Margaret Conolly is a visiting fellow at Trinity College Dublin for January 2016. She will give a public lecture there on Thursday 21 January, titled ‘Reading Continuities in an Age of Change: Some 15th Century Manuscripts and their Tudor Owners’. https://www.tcd.ie/trinitylongroomhub/fellowships/

Professor Neil Rhodes will give a paper on ‘Translation as Making Common in Sixteenth-Century England’ on 27 January 2016 at All Souls College, Oxford. The paper is part of a seminar series, ‘The Relation of Literature and Learning to Social Hierarchy in Early Modern Europe’, organized by Professor Neil Kenny.




Postgraduate News

Jess Orr will be presenting a paper on the modernist aesthetics of visual perception in the fiction of Ali Smith at the University of Leeds.

On 11-12 December, Ph.D. candidate Jess Orr will be presenting a paper on the modernist aesthetics of visual perception in the fiction of Ali Smith, at the Sensory Modernisms conference, at the University of Leeds.




Alumni News

Photopoetry

Dr Michael Nott has contributed to the creation of a new website, showcasing the St Andrews University Library's collection of photopoetry

Dr Michael Nott has contributed to the creation of a new website, showcasing the St Andrews University Library's collection of photopoetry, the largest dedicated collection of its kind in the world. The website can be viewed here