Literatures, Languages & Cultures


News and features from the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures.

Languages in the community - welcoming Ukrainian families to Edinburgh

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We hear from Ekaterina Popova and students about helping Ukrainian refugees adjust to life in Edinburgh.

Breathing new life into fascinating archival footage of Scotland's lifeboats on our wild seas

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Shona Thomson tells us how the making of her FOCAL Award-shortlisted film is being used on our Film, Exhibition and Curation programme to help students explore working with archives.

What it is like having a writing mentor?

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We talk to Creative Writing student Tim Tim Cheng about her experience as a mentee of the Roddy Lumsden Memorial Mentorship and getting involved with the creative community in Edinburgh and beyond.

Exploring the legacies of Robert Louis Stevenson's Pacific writing

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We hear from the researchers behind Remediating Stevenson, a new three-year project to engage contemporary readers in Samoa, Scotland and Hawai'i.

From Arthur's Seat – encouraging diverse voices

Vidisha Ghosh and Olivia Thomakos, Editors-in-Chief of Volume Seven of our Creative Writing anthology, tell us about guiding a student publishing team and embracing the unpredictability of the creative process.

Modern languages research ranked 3rd in the UK

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We have been rated 3rd in the UK by Times Higher Education for the quality and breadth of our research in Modern Languages using the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021).

English Literature research rated world-leading and internationally excellent

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Over 90 per cent of our English Literature research has been classed as world-leading and internationally excellent by Research Professional using the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021).

Judging the James Tait Black Prizes 2022: Céleste Callen

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PhD in English Literature candidate Céleste Callen shares her experiences of being a Student Reader for the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction.

Meet our graduates: JD Stewart

Dramatist and podcaster JD Stewart completed our MSc in Playwriting in 2020 and was one of the National Library of Scotland’s 10 Fresh Ink writers of 2021.

Meet our graduates: Mark Bradshaw

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Project Manager at Screen Language, Mark is a Translation Studies graduate whose dissertation led to a collaboration with graphic novelist Moderna de Pueblo.