Literatures, Languages & Cultures


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

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)

Ai Jiang looks looking over her shoulder, smiling at the camera
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.

Meet our graduates: James Hanton (Film Studies)

James with his dissertation, in front of a piece of art on the 4th floor of 50 George Square
Starting his critic career in The Student during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, MSc Film Studies graduate James Hanton traces his journey from Social Anthropology to Film in this blog post, and shares insights and advice for students eager to try their hand at reviewing live shows.

Year Abroad stories: Anu Abicht

Anu Abicht in Almería, Spain
In this blog post, Spanish MA (Hons) student Anu Abicht tells us about how she discovered a passion for teaching yoga during her Year Abroad in Almería, Spain.

Meet our graduates: Saad Siddiqui

Saad Ahmad Siddiqui on Portobello Beach in Edinburgh
Exploring Bombay Cinema through the Edinburgh cityscape, MSc Intermediality graduate Saad Siddiqui tells us about producing a short film as his final masters programme project and screening the film at events in both India and Scotland.

In memoriam: Professor Francis O'Gorman

Photo of Francis O'Gorman looking at the camera
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.

Speech! Minju Kim wins national contest for her talk on Japan’s relationship with Korea

Photo of Minju Kim giving her speech at King's College London
We talk to the final year student about overcoming her fears to win the top prize in the 19th Japanese Speech Contest.

Supporting linguistic diversity in Scotland

Isla Parker by a lake in the Scottish highlands
Creating opportunities for Gaelic language use within the University of Edinburgh and strengthening relationships with the wider Gaelic community, Isla Parker talks to us about her role as the University’s Gaelic and Community Relations Officer and reflects on her own journey as a Gaelic speaker.

In memoriam: Professor Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila

Photo of Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila with text saying in memoriam
Colleagues in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies reflect on the passing of Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila, renowned scholar of classical Arabic and Persian literature, culture and historiography.

How Latin American feminist theory can help battle toxic masculinity

Photo of Elisabeth standing on the seashore looking directly at the camera
Elisabeth Goemans, a PhD candidate in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, tells us about writing an opinion piece for the newspaper De Standaard, and what happened next.