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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...

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Zonal

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...

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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"...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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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When the Pips Stop

Oliver Emanuel interrupted The Archers on BBC Radio 4 with his play "When the Pips Stop" on Thursday 11 October - catch up on the BBC iPlayer Oliver says: "I heard a story that in the event of a nuclear attack on the UK, BBC Radio 4 will go off air. I thought this was...

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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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