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Kirkforthar murder illustration on pamphlet

Image from: Report of the trial and execution of Michael Scanlan for the murder of Margaret Maxwell on 16th February 1852 : to which is appended a short account of the cases of murder in the county of Fife for a century previous.

We are looking for students to give a short presentation or reading at our event in Martyrs Kirk on the afternoon of 31 October. We ask you to review original material from our Special Collections, which is similar to the fictitious documents Graeme Macrae Burnet used in His Bloody Project, and produce a creative or analytical response. Get in touch before Friday 12 October, if you are interested. Read on for more detail…

Murder trial reports and sensational accounts of true crime are contained in a variety of documents held in the University Library Special Collections. Would you be interested in writing and presenting your response to this material as part of an event for the University’s Booker Prize Project? The chosen novel for the project this year is Graeme Macrae Burnet’s His Bloody Project (all new Undergraduate students have been emailed access to the book for free), the story of which is woven from a collection of similar but fictional documents. We are looking for around 3 interested students to consider how Burnet’s novel uses this material to tell the story and how this compares to the original pamphlets and accounts we hold of similar crimes.

We’d ask you to present your response, which could be creative or critical, poetry, prose or analysis, for 10 – 20 minutes as part of the event where original documents will be displayed. The event is to be held on Halloween in Martyrs Kirk, New Park Seminar room.

If you are interested or would like to find out more, email Beth Andrews (Library Communications Officer): ea29@st-andrews.ac.uk. Deadline to show interest is Friday 12 October – please email before this date.

“There’s been a murder!” – St Andrews students investigate and take part in our Booker Prize Project event
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