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School of English

The Fall at Home: New and Collected Aphorisms

On October 4th, Professor Don Paterson published The Fall at Home: New and Collected Aphorisms (Faber). The Spectator stated that ‘The Fall at Home offers the reader a bracing combination of the profound, the comic and the often hilariously self-revealing,’ while The...

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Lesley Glaister’s Aphra’s Child

Lesley Glaister’s YA novel Aphra’s Child, the first volume in the Chimera series, was published on October 24th. It is a magical, dark and timely novel about ‘othering’, resistance, and love. The book was launched with events at Blackwells in Edinburgh and Waterstones...

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Oliver Emanuel’s The 306: Dusk

The final instalment of Oliver Emanuel’s trilogy of plays about the 305 British soldiers executed for cowardice during the First World War premiered at the Perth Theatre in October. In a five-star review, The 306: Dusk was praised by The Stage as being ‘haunting and...

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Oliver Emanuel’s Flight

Oliver Emanuel’s Flight, an adaptation of Caroline Brothers’s novel Hinterland, was produced at the McKittrick Hotel in New York City earlier in the year. It is an immersive, sui generis piece, which requires the audience to wear headphones, and observe a series of...

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New Zinnie Harris production of The Duchess of Malfi

Professor Zinnie Harris is producing a new version of John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi, to be premiered at the Lyceum in Edinburgh in 2019. Of the production, Harris said: ‘In this #MeToo age of feminist uprising in the face of toxic masculinity, now feels like the...

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Lesley Glaister – The Squeeze

Lesley Glaister’s novel The Squeeze was published in August by Salt. Widely praised by a number of publications, The Daily Mail stated that ‘The Squeeze has the pace and plot points of a thriller, and the tension rarely ebbs. Glaister’s corvid eye for squalor grounds...

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The Zoo of the New: Poems to Read Now

Don Paterson has edited (with Nick Laird) a major new anthology of poetry, The Zoo of the New: Poems to Read Now (Penguin Modern Classics). Published at the end of March, the anthology has been described by The Irish Times as a work of "inspiring reach and passion."...

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Zinnie Harris productions and shortlisting

Zinnie Harris' production of Caryl Churchill's 2002 play, a number, opened on April 6th. Writing in the Herald, Neil Cooper stated that "in Harris's hands, [the play] becomes an intense psycho-drama, which focuses on the play's inherent plea for humanity in a tug of...

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Ashland & Vine

John Burnside's novel, Ashland & Vine (Jonathan Cape), was published in February to great acclaim. It tells the story of the meeting between Kate Lambert, a young, semi-alcoholic film student, and Jean Culver, an elderly woman who offers to contribute to the...

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