Blasted Things

Lesley Glaister has published her new novel, Blasted Things, with Sandstone Press. The novel begins in 1917 in a casualty station on the Western Front, and follows a group of characters into the postwar period. The novel has already received an enthusiastic review in The Scotsman, which called it ‘an accomplished novel . . . … Read more


Professor Don Paterson published a new collection of poems, Zonal (Faber). The poems in the book are partly inspired by the first season of The Twilight Zone, a premise which, as Kate Kellaway wrote in The Guardian, ‘sounds barmy at first’. But reviewers have found it to be ‘as intelligent as it is affecting’ (The … Read more

The Music of Time

In this new work of literary history, Professor John Burnside reveals how poets engaged with the most important issues and events of the 20th century, helping us make sense of our world by transforming what the Russian poet Osip Mandelstam called the “noise of time” into a kind of music. Bringing together poets from times … Read more

The Monstrous Heart

In his new play ‘The Monstrous Heart’ Oliver Emanuel examines the fine line that divides us from the monstrous. Returning to visit her estranged mother Mag in a log cabin in the wilds of Canada, Beth finds the carcass of a bear on the kitchen table. What follows is a bold, tense, shocking and brutal … Read more

Collection of plays by Zinnie Harris published

Zinnie Harris Plays 1 features four of Zinnie’s plays – Further than the Furthest Thing, Midwinter, How To Hold Your Breath and Meet Me at Dawn. The multi-award-winning Further than the Furthest Thing evokes the fragility of an island community as their way of life is threatened and they must determine their future, while Midwinter opens as a woman steals a dead horse to feed … Read more

The Duchess [Of Malfi]

Congratulations to Professor Zinnie Harris of the School of English, whose new adaptation of The Duchess of Malfi ran at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh from 17 May to 8 June: The Duchess [Of Malfi] Read more about Zinnie’s work in the School’s Research section

The Scores issue 6

The School of English’s postgraduate students celebrated the new issue of their excellent poetry journal The Scores with reading launches in St Andrews and Edinburgh. The Scores is an internationally-recognised literary journal published by the School of English, edited by School of English postgraduate students, and featuring exciting new poetry, prose, reviews, and art by the top UK and … Read more

Trawlerman’s Turquoise

Matthew Caley, who has just completed an eighteen month stint at the School of English as an Associate Lecturer in Contemporary Poetry and Creative Writing will publish his six collection Trawlerman’s Turquoise (Bloodaxe Books, September 2019) and was pleased to receive a Society of Authors Award during its writing. The book will have the first of its … Read more

Two BBC award wins for Oliver Emanuel

In a double triumph, Oliver Emanuel from the School of English won the Tinniswood Prize for Best Radio Drama for his play When The Pips Stop. Audio-dramatist, playwright and screenwriter Sarah Woods presented Oliver Emanuel with the award for the best original audio drama script and a cheque for £3,000 at the BBC’s Audio Drama … Read more

11 Dec 2018 – Poetry reading at at the Lighthouse Bookshop, Edinburgh

On December 11th, recent MFA graduates Alexa Winik, Sean Robinson and Mhairi Owens will read at the Lighthouse Bookshop in Edinburgh. These three poets will be reading from their own work, and that of fellow MFA graduate Lily Clarke, who has returned to the US. The evening is free and begins at 7.15pm.