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(Scottish) Crime Fiction Here and There

Between the 13th and 15th of September the 3rd Crime Fiction Here and There conference took place at the University of Gdańsk. This bi-annual conference is organised by Dr Agnieszka Sienkiewicz-Charlish. This year the theme of the conference was “Time and Space”.  The previous conferences included panels devoted to Scottish crime fiction and in 2014 a special guest event with a Scottish crime writer – Paul Johnston.

Although this year there was no special panel devoted to Tartan Noir, the following papers focused on Scottish authors:

  • Jean Bearton, “Converging Routes and Channels in Lin Anderson’s Paths of Dead (2014)”
  • Wolfgang Goertschacher, “Geopolitics, the Yugoslav Wars and Val McDermid’s Poetics of Crime Fiction in The Skeleton Road
  • Emma Robertson, “Reconstructing the Regional Capital in the 1990’s Noir: To Rebuild or to Remember?” (This paper focused on, among other texts, the representation of Edinburgh in Ian Rankin’s novels)

Moreover, on the second day of the conference DAVID MALCOLM gave a reading from his novels and short stories (“Stories for Dead Actresses”).

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In the picture David Malcolm reading from The German Messanger (Crime Wave Press, 2016)

 


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Scotland in Europe Conference III

Between the 23rd and the 25th September the third Scotland in Europe Conference took place at the Institute of English Studies of the University of Warsaw. The conference opened with a keynote lecture by professor Alan Riach who talked about “Scotland, Europe, Art and Identity: Unanswered Questions and Fundamental Affirmations.”

Pofessor David Malcolm, the head of our group, opened the second day with a keynote lecture:  “Making a Moon Jar: Elizabeth Burns’s Held, Scottish Literature, and Technique.”

The conference gathered more than 50 delegates from different European countries who engaged in the discussion on Scottish literary and cultural exchange with Europe. Many scholars affiliated with our research group were in attendance.

Conference website              


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The Collaborative Crime Creation

Have you heard about #ScotLitFest? During that virtual festival which took place in June 2016, sixteen Scottish crime writers created an exciting story on Twitter. Here is the link to the Polish version of the story translated by a group of Gdansk University students under the supervision of Dr Marta Crickmar. Enjoy!

https://przetlumacze.wordpress.com/2016/08/28/denat-z-tatuazem-tlum-zbiorowe/


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NEWS

We are proud to announce that Dr Monika Szuba has become a member of the ASLS International Committee. The International Committee (IC) is composed of several academic members nominated by the Council, from different countries in the world. This is a consultative/advisory committee, whose main aim is to support ASLS in promoting the study of Scottish literature internationally.


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Publication: Boundless Scotland

between_6Boundless Scotland:  Space in Contemporary Scottish Fiction

Ed. Monika Szuba

Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Gdańskiego, 2015

Table of contents

 

 

Book launch

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In the picture (from the left): Carla Sassi, Glenda Norquay, John Burnside and Alan Riach.