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New Joe Corrie website

10 October 2018

A new website celebrates one of Fife's most remarkable writers. Published by the University of St Andrews, the site sheds fresh light on the life and works of Joe Corrie (1894-1968), the socialist miner from Cardenden whose plays, poems, and fiction give him a prominent place in the literary and working-class heritage of Fife.

In 2018, marked the 50th anniversary of Corrie's death with the first academic conference devoted to his life and works. This event was organised by Paul Malgrati, a French PhD student and part-time tutor in History and English at the University. Paul, a poet who writes in Scots and works on Robert Burns as well as on Joe Corrie, brought together historians, scholars of literature, musicians and creative writers to discuss subjects as diverse as Corrie's texts, context, stagecraft, politics and his potential role in Scottish schools' curriculum for excellence.

As a result, a biography of Corrie and a guide to his extensive archive, as well as seven essays written by conference participants have been brought together by Paul. Made available by the Digital Humanities team of the University of St Andrews Library, these now form part of the ground-breaking Joe Corrie website.

Paul Malgrati said, "As a Frenchman who has fallen in love with Scottish culture, I'd be delighted if this website fosters new research about Corrie and encourages Fife teachers to introduce Corrie’s works to their pupils".