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News and features from the Department of English Literature.

Scottish Literature students launch new international press with poetic response to COVID-19

We talk to Patrick Jamieson and Daniela Silva about Taproot Press and its origins in Scotland's radical publishing scene.

Judging the James Tait Black Prizes 2020: Alice Rae

Literature and Classics PhD student Alice Rae describes how being Lead Student Reader for the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction has added to her interdisciplinary study experience.

Judging the James Tait Black Prizes 2020: June Laurenson

In her second year as Lead Student Reader for the James Tait Black Prize for Biography, we talk to PhD student June Laurenson about judging Britain's oldest literary awards.

From Arthur's Seat - inspired by Edinburgh

Lena Kraus, Editor-in-Chief of Volume Five of our Creative Writing anthology, chats about the joy of leaving university a published writer.

Jane McKie wins the Ian Campbell Award for Teaching in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

She reflects on what the award means, particularly during a time of crisis, and on our very special community of Creative Writing students.

Meet our Writer in Residence 2019-2021

Tracey S. Rosenberg chats about sharing her writing expertise with students across the University, and about why Edinburgh is such a great place for creative writing.

The digital humanities, the ‘Vandegrifter’, and me: Dr Robyn Pritzker

The recent English Literature PhD graduate traces her journey from book historian to digital encoder of Fanny Van de Grift Stevenson’s previously-unknown short stories.

Telling stories of future fossils

We talk to Royal Society of Literature award-winner, David Farrier, about why it’s important for literature to engage with place, time and the environment and about how students can get involved.