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Meet our Traditional Artist in Residence

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We chat to Fraser Fifield about his plans to make new music inspired by the School of Scottish Studies Archives and about his "adopted home city" of Edinburgh.

Meet our graduates: Harry Richards

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Having graduated with an MA in Spanish and History in 2020, filmmaker Harry’s short film SANTI was selected for the BFI Future Film Festival 2022.

In memoriam: Derek Wagg and Sheila Wagg, née Millar

Former Hispanic Studies student, Susan Harrison, pays tribute to two long-standing members of our languages’ community.

Meet our graduates: Anke-Beate Stahl

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Artist, curator and teacher Dr Anke-Beate Stahl came to Edinburgh in 1989 as an undergraduate student to study Swedish and Old Icelandic and fell in love with Scotland.

Meet our graduates: Becky Waterton

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Deputy Editor of The Local in Sweden, Becky graduated with an MA (Hons) in German and Scandinavian Studies in 2017.

Festive festschrifts – graduates edit books in honour of PhD mentors

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We sit down with Scandinavian Studies graduates Christian Cooijmans and Ian Giles, editors of two new books honouring the work of their PhD supervisors Arne Kruse and Bjarne Thorup Thomsen.

Experiencing the Edinburgh festivals as an intern

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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.

Sharing a love of literature with people around the world

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PhD student in English Literature Carolina Buffoli talks to us about her role as a Teaching Assistant on the 'How to Read a Novel' MOOC.

The Film Dispatch: The story continues

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We sat down with online student-run magazine The Film Dispatch to catch up on their first six months and hopes for the future.

Lifting the veil on poetry

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Patrick Errington talks about his Emerging Writers Award win and helping his students find their voice and community.

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).

Over 90 per cent of English Literature research rated world-leading and internationally excellent

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Over 90 per cent of our research and impact in English Literature 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.

Embracing ambiguity – BAFTSS shortlisting for Teaching Fellow in Film Studies

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We talk to Hoi Lun Law about being BAFTSS-shortlisted for Best First Monograph and how our students can engage with ambiguity and film criticism.

Out of the classroom, into the cinema

We talk to students Lucy, Nina, Ella and Harriet about their involvement in the eighth Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival.

In memoriam: Ian Revie

A tribute to the first Head of the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures.

Shaping the Sustainable European University

Students of Spanish, Rachel Weller and Gabriel Vargas, talk to us about their involvement in the second Una Europa Student Congress.

Meet our graduates: Dima Alzayat

Shortlisted for this year’s James Tait Black Awards and the Dylan Thomas Prize, Dima graduated with an MSc in Creative Writing in 2013.

RSE medal win is first for a Modern Linguist

Professor John Renwick reflects on winning the RSE Sir Walter Scott Medal for his work on Voltaire and Marmontel.

My summer school experience: Katie Cameron

We hear from a Year 3 French and German student about attending an online summer school on the European Union.

Year Abroad stories: Rosie Shackleton

German and History MA Hons graduate Rosie tells us about Wanderbücher for a post-Brexit Europe.

Meet our Graduates: Cristina Sandu

Having graduated with an MSc in Comparative Literature in 2015, Cristina is now a prize-winning writer and translator.

How can we best respond to the ethical demands of Gender-Based Violence translation?

Dr Charlotte Bosseaux talks to us about her new, AHRC-funded, practice-based research project.

Judging the James Tait Black Prizes 2021: Aiswarya Jayamohan

First year PhD in English Literature candidate Aiswarya Jayamohan talks about their experience as a Student Reader for the James Tait Black Prize for Biography.

What’s it like to be a virtual language ambassador?

Recent French and Spanish MA (Hons) graduate, Anna, talks us through her final year experience.

Meet our graduates: Zara Zaman

Having graduated in 2021 in Arabic and French, Zara is the co-founding Director of the Inspire Launch Grow Awards emerging enterprise finalist, Edventure.

Karneval! German students share carnival culture with local primary school

Students Annabel, Jasmine and Lia tell us about their virtual Karneval workshop with P6 learners from Craigentinny Primary School.

Judging the James Tait Black Prizes 2021: Heather Milligan

First year PhD in English Literature candidate Heather Milligan tells us what it's like to be a Student Reader for the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction.

Conversation to career starter - the German interview

Graduates Sarah Partington and Rosie Shackleton talk about a German classroom interview project that led to voluntary roles at the National Museum of Scotland.

Àidh, Robot - researchers develop first ASR system for Scottish Gaelic

Will Lamb outlines what Automatic Speech Recognition means for the future of Scotland’s Gaelic language.

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.

Thinking creatively – from studying to studio

We talk to Scottish Ethnology and English Literature student Hector Shaw about combining university with working on his debut EP.

Meet our graduates: Emily Lewis

A graduate in Arabic and French, who won awards for her student volunteering work, Emily is now a journalist in Beirut, Lebanon.

Meet our graduates: Damian Platt MBE

We talk to the author of “Nothing by Accident: Brazil on the Edge” about how studying languages at Edinburgh led to a career in human rights and building a world-class skatepark.

Neill Martin wins Supervisor of the Year

What does it take to be a good supervisor during a pandemic? Neill reflects on reimagining research.

What’s it like to attend the Sundance Film Festival virtually?

Three Film, Exhibition and Curation students talk to us about their experiences of Sundance and how it feels to have their research used by the Festival.

Intermediality the focus of new research partnership between Scotland and Japan

We talk to Fabien Arribert-Narce and Matthis Hervieux about a new collaboration with Meiji University in Tokyo.

The School of Scottish Studies Archives at 70

It’s 70 years since the University began collecting images, stories and voices of unheard Scottish lives. Lori Watson and Neill Martin reflect on this cultural milestone.

Collaboration with National Library of Scotland sees launch of new digital resource

Research on the Anna Murray and Frederick Douglass Family has led to the development of an online learning resource on African American revolutionaries.

Inside The Inkwell

Poetry Editor Aarti Mukhedkar, a second year English Literature and History student, tells us what it's like to be involved in the PublishED society.

Stepping back into our French theatre archive

Graduate Marka Rifat reflects on her time in Les Escogriffes in the late 1970s and how student societies and creative networks can add so much to the university experience.

Going digital with traditional songs and tunes

We hear from student Sam Shackleton and graduate Scott Gardiner about the joy of performing in the University’s annual St Andrew’s Day concert.

Meet our graduates: Kimaya Kulkarni

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An MSc in Comparative Literature graduate, Kimaya is the founding editor of the bilingual Bilori Journal, part of the ‘decoloniszing our bookshelves’ project on marginalised and intersectional identities.

Thriving in Scotland’s culture - Professor of Gaelic honoured for contribution to Public Life

Wilson McLeod talks about his Saltire Society honour, one of six Fletcher of Saltoun Awards given to Scotland’s leading figures in 2020.

Setting foot in the film industry with the Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival

We talk to graduates Laura Tribaudino and Tessa Duncan about their experiences of the Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival. ESFF 2020 runs from 6th-25th October.

Translation Challenge win - following the language to perfection

We hear from Dr Eleoma Bodammer, Reader in German Studies, about her prize-winning translation of Zafer Şenocak’s short poems.

Meet our graduates: Amy Rhianne Milton

Just one year on from graduating in Playwriting, Amy was longlisted for the inaugural Women’s Prize for Playwriting and had a play, Matterhorn, commissioned by Traverse.

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.

Inspiring LLC staff shortlisted for Colleague Recognition Awards

We chat to Nadin Akta, Celeste-Marie Bernier, Fiona Carmichael and Christine Lennie about being nominated by their peers for their contribution to our community.

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.

From Buk Clab to International Booker Prize

We talk to translators Iona Macintyre and Fiona Mackintosh about how it feels to be in the running for one of the world’s leading literary awards with their translation of The Adventures of China Iron.

Meet our new podcaster going Beyond the Books

We chat to PhD candidate, and Web and Communications Postgraduate Intern, Ellen Davis-Walker about our new podcast on research and the people who make it happen.

Innovators in Education award for Edinburgh-Shanghai creative partnership

Our Chair of Chinese Studies, Professor Natascha Gentz, received the award at the annual China-Britain Business Council Burns Supper.

Forging language and cultural policy links with the Nordic Council

The Scandinavian Studies team have met senior members of the Nordic Council at the Scottish Parliament to talk about strengthening and promoting Scottish and Nordic languages.

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.

Putting the tee into translation

MA (Hons) Arabic and French student, Emma Penney, talks about the student-run charity SolidariTee and how translating for refugees has helped shape her future.

If you’re going to take one person’s careers advice…

Final year Scottish Studies student Euan Lownie tells us about his first book, ‘Never, Ever Take Anybody’s Advice on Anything’, featuring words of wisdom from successful Scots.

Meet our graduates: Shuangyi Li

The winner of this year’s Anna Balakian Prize is a three-time Edinburgh graduate who completed his PhD in French in 2015 and is now a Swedish Research Council Research Fellow at Lund University.

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.

Finding the study path that’s right for you

Fourth year student Natalie Hotchkiss talks about taking time out and changing degrees midway through her undergraduate programme.

The return of the noh masters

Japanese Studies students tell us about their involvement in Munenori Takeda’s visit to Edinburgh as part of a UK tour of performances and workshops.

Meet our graduates: Francesca Triggs

While working as a trainee solicitor, Francesca (MA Hons, 2017) had her research on “Positive Energy” in Chinese discourse published in the British Journal of Chinese Studies.

Meet our Postgraduate School Rep: Xiaotong Ma

MSc student Xiaotong tells us why she stood in the Students' Association Postgraduate Elections, and how Translation Studies at Edinburgh has opened her mind to critical thinking.

What Hamish Henderson means to our students

Final year Scottish Studies student, Euan Lownie, reflects on the legacy of one of the most prolific contributors to the School of Scottish Studies Archives.

What do you learn from bringing a Japanese art exhibition to Edinburgh?

PhD in Japanese candidate Olivia Putyer tells us about the public engagement skills she’s developed through Venus Bound, a week-long exhibition of over 30 artworks.

Celebrating calligraphy

Our Korean Studies community reflects on a week of workshops and exhibitions jointly organised with the City University of Hong Kong and Seoul National University.

From Arthur's Seat - growing a digital platform out of a writing community

Magali Roman, Editor-in-Chief of this year's Creative Writing anthology, shares her experiences of leading a large student publishing team.

Meet our graduates: Bárbara Fernández Melleda

Having completed her PhD in Chilean Women's Poetry in 2019, Bárbara is now an Assistant Professor in Latin American Studies at the University of Hong Kong.

Previewing Pre-View at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Playwriting students Francisca Da Silveira, Ahmad Musta'ain Khamis and Joanna Glum share their experiences of pre-viewing work at Traverse Theatre.

Breathing new life into Early Modern research

Literature and History PhD student, Thom Pritchard, talks to us about the student-run Edinburgh Early Modern Network of postgraduate students and staff.

Judging the James Tait Black Prizes 2019: Karolina Oleśkiewicz

We chat to the Playwriting MSc student about the impact of the Drama Prize on her own creative development.

Off the Shelf – book history students push the boundaries

MSc Book History and Material Culture students, Amber Matthews and Hailey Brock, talk about the highlights and challenges of organising the mini-conference, Off the Shelf.

PhD graduate wins Man Booker International Prize 2019

Jokha Alharthi reflects on her time in a "literature paradise" as a postgraduate student of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies in Edinburgh.

What’s it like to help out at one of Edinburgh's leading European film festivals?

We talk to Film Studies MSc student Simon Galván about developing his skills at the fifth annual Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival.

Meet our graduates: Harriet Warman

Based in the Scottish Borders, Harriet completed our Film Studies MSc in 2010 and is now Partnerships Coordinator at Regional Screen Scotland. She is also the founder of feminist film project, Behind the Curtain.

From cyberpunk to information science via our MA in Japanese Studies

Callum Sarracino, a fourth year student of Japanese, traces his journey from manga fan to speech contest prize winner and a Daiwa Foundation Scholarship.

Contributing to debates beyond borders

PhD student Gina Maya Roberts tells us what she’s learned about bringing a range of people together for an international conference on the transgender experience.

Judging the James Tait Black Prizes 2019: June Laurenson

The Lead Student Reader for this year’s James Tait Black Prize for Biography tells us about her experience of judging Britain's oldest literary awards.

Judging the James Tait Black Prizes 2019: Vivek Santayana

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The PhD student and reader for this year’s James Tait Black Prizes reflects on being involved in 100 years of literary celebration.

Fumiko Narumi-Munro wins Teaching Award for use of feedback

She reflects on working in partnership with undergraduate students and colleagues to reshape Japanese courses and excellent peer support.

The Year Abroad Across The Decades: Spain - 1968 | 2019

Graduate Nicholas Rollin and current student Róisín MacFarlane share reflections on their Year Abroad, comparing Granada in 1968 and Valladolid in 2019.

From summer school to masters - part two

Can Öztürk charts his path from the Scottish Universities’ International Summer School in 2016 to graduating with an MSc in Literature and Modernity in 2018.

Delving into the art of translation

Share Your Words judge, Dr Charlotte Bosseaux, tells us there’s no such thing as a ‘one size fits all’ solution in translation and why the phrase Wabi-Sabi resonates.

Lifting the lid on Edinburgh Spy Week

English Literature PhD student Huzan Bharucha gives us an intern’s perspective on our annual celebration of espionage in literature and film.

A celebration of European culture

European student Moa Bell tells us about the first DELC Festival of European Theatre and how involvement behind the scenes has enriched her experience of life at the University of Edinburgh.

A love letter to life

Second year German and Linguistics student Kelly Brazdzionis gives us an insider’s view of the very first DELC Festival of European Theatre.

Understanding Money launches as free MOOC

Paul Crosthwaite tells us why we need to get to grips with finance, and how it’s possible to do so through a three-week online course open to everyone.

What’s involved in editing a scholarly yearbook?

We talk to British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow Dr Michael Wood about the latest volume of the Edinburgh German Yearbook.

LLC celebrates International Women's Day 2019

Join a range of amazing LLC women for events celebrating women’s contributions to literatures, languages and cultures.