English and Scottish Literature


News and features from the Department of English Literature.

A conversation with From Arthur's Seat

Members of the From Arthur's Seat 2023-2024 team
We sit down with Jesús Nares Jaramillo, André Hughes and Maisie Smith, three members of this year's From Arthur’s Seat team, to find out more about their time in Edinburgh and what they've learned by being part of the annual creative writing project.

Meet our graduates: Ai Jiang (Creative Writing)

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Shortlisted for the prestigious Nebula Awards and Hugo Awards, winning the Ignyte Award for Best Speculative Poetry and landing a two-book deal, cross-genre writer Ai Jiang reflects on the past few whirlwind years since graduating with an MSc in Creative Writing in 2022.

In memoriam: Professor Francis O'Gorman

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Colleagues reflect on the passing of former colleague, Francis O'Gorman, a passionate and prolific expert on the English literature of the long nineteenth century.

Meet our graduates: Francisca Da Silveira

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Working full time as a playwright, Francisca Da Silveira has held two year-long fellowships and had plays staged across the USA this year. She is a Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2023 finalist.

Meet our graduates: Bhavika Govil

The joint winner of the inaugural Pontas & JJ Bola Emerging Writers Prize talks to us about developing her Creative Writing dissertation into an award-winning novel-in-progress.

Meet our graduates: Laurie Motherwell

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An award-winning playwright and screenwriter, Laurie studied with us between 2010 and 2015, completing an MA Hons in History of Art and English Literature, and an MSc in Playwriting.

From Arthur’s Seat – stories from the heart of Edinburgh

From Arthur's Seat class of 2022 to 2023 at a team meeting
Every year, our MSc Creative Writing cohort publishes an anthology of new writing. We spoke to this year’s Editors-in-Chief Austin and Rasika about what it’s like to produce your own book and why Edinburgh is the perfect place for aspiring writers.

Experiencing the Edinburgh festivals as an intern

Susanna Demelas in front of a window
English Literature student Susanna Demelas tells us about spending the summer working on some of the biggest festivals in Edinburgh as the College Festival Projects Intern.