Literatures, Languages & Cultures


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

The art of translating culture and place

Photo of Esther standing at the foot of the steps to the Temple of Heaven in Beijing
Teaching Fellow Esther Tyldesley tells us about her PEN Translates award-winning work on The Sacred Clan by Liang Hong.

Writing across borders

Photo of a visitor to Talbot Rice Gallery looking at one of the panels from the exhibition the nature of difference
We speak to Hephzibah Israel about the research and creative process behind her exhibition மொழிபெயர்ப்பு / the nature of difference.

The Sparkling World of the Year 24 Group wins the David Laing Prize 2023

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Francesca Lutje-Wilkes, a final year student of Japanese, has won the University’s book collecting prize for her collection of the historical work of female manga artists.

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: Lynn Houmdi

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Twenty years after her first degree, Lynn completed an award-winning MSc in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies and now drives forward skills and training for social businesses tackling global challenges.

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.

MINT Chinese Film Festival brings together graduate talent in women on screen

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We hear from alumni and staff in Asian Studies and Film, Exhibition and Curation about the very first edition of a new festival showcasing films by and about Chinese women.

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.

What’s it like to co-organise an international conference?

Photograph of Tsz Ho outdoors in woodland
Tsz Ho (Brian) Wong, an East Asian Studies PhD candidate, tells us about working with the Hong Kong Young Historian Institute on this year’s International Symposium for Young Scholars in Asia Seas.

In memoriam: Paul Dundas

Photo of a statue of Mahavira, 24th Tirthankara of Jainism
Julian Ward reflects on the passing of our friend and colleague Paul Dundas, Sanskrit expert and author of The Jains.

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