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Gdańsk Scottish Studies Research Group

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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”).


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



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Forgotten Histories, New Perspectives and J.M. Barrie

Forgotten Histories, New Perspectives and J.M. Barrie

Friday 26th June – Saturday 27th June 2015

The Solway Centre is hosting two days of discussion and performance in Dumfries, with the University of Edinburgh and Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust.


Explore the forgotten history of Scottish children’s literature, from the eighteenth century onwards. Two days of discussion and performance in Dumfries, hosted by The Solway Centre for Environment & Culture, the University of Edinburgh and the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust.

Friday 26th June, The Minerva Hall, Dumfries Academy: A special evening organised by the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust, currently developing Scotland’s Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling, based in the Dumfries house and garden which inspired J.M. Barrie’s iconic ‘Peter Pan’. The Scottish Youth Theatre will give the first reading of Barrie’s first play Bandelero the Bandit since he premiered the work whilst a pupil at the school. Prior to this, the registration event at Rutherford McCowan, Crichton Campus, will feature Tom Pow, who has collaborated with illustrator Ian Andrew, to produce a new book for children, Sixteen String Jack & the Garden of Adventure.

Saturday 27th June, 10 am – 6 pm Rutherford-McCowan Building, University of Glasgow & Dumfries & Moat Brae A symposium, topics include the birth of Scottish children’s literature; ‘Scottishness’ and the idea of the child in children’s literature; didactic and instructional literature including children’s chapbooks; authors’ perspectives on writing children’s literature. Speakers include Maureen Farrell, Fiona MacCulloch, Rhona Brown, Linden Bicket, Valentina Bold & Sarah Dunnigan. In the late afternoon we move to Moat Brae, Birthplace of Peter Pan, for a tour around the house and gardens and refreshments. The evening will close with a round table discussion featuring writer Liz Niven.

Further details are available at with the full program to follow in March.

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A visit to the Opera – Alan Spence’s “Un Bel Di”

In celebration of the new foyers at the Theatre Royal, Scottish Opera commissioned 12 writers to each create a poem.

We are happy to learn that one of the contributors is Alan Spence who was a guest at the conference “New Beginnings in Scottish Literature” that took place as part of the BETWEEN.POMIĘDZY international festival of literature and theatre held in Sopot and Gdańsk from 12 to 17 May 2014. It was the fifth annual festival/conference organized by BETWEEN.POMIĘDZY.

Read and listen to Alan’s poem “Un Bel Di (One fine day)” HERE

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Publication: Alan Riach “Wild Blue”

Alan Riach Wild Blue: Selected Poems/Dziki błękit: wiersze wybrane   (Maski, 2014)

Translated into Polish by David Malcolm and Monika Szuba

alan riach Alan Riach’s poems are postcards in different shades of blue: Hamilton in New Zealand, Calcutta, Istanbul, a small town in Portland, Corunna, Dungeness in England. Landscapes are shaped by roads and paths, passages and crossings, over which bridges – present in many poems – create arcs. The poet always returns to Scottish landscapes – Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Drumelzier, the Hebrides and the Orkney Islands – as Scotland is both the end and the start of the road.

Wiersze Alana Riacha są jak pocztówki z podróży w różnych odcieniach błękitu: Hamilton w Nowej Zelandii, Kalkuta, Stambuł, małe miasteczko w Polsce, La Coruna, Dungeness w Anglii. Świat kształtują tu drogi i  ścieżki, przejścia i przejazdy, nad którymi mosty – tak często obecne w wierszach Riacha – zakreślają łuk. Poeta powraca zawsze jednak do rodzimych krajobrazów – Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Drumelzier, Hebrydów czy Orkadów – gdyż Szkocja to koniec i początek drogi.

Monika Szuba

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Alan Riach was born in Lanarkshire and took his first degree at the University of Cambridge, where he read English. He then studied for his PhD in the Department of Scottish Literature at Glasgow University. Alan Riach is a poet and from 1986 to 2000 worked in New Zealand at the University of Waikato, where he held the post of Associate Professor of English and Pro-Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. He specialised in 20th Century literature, teaching Scottish, Irish, American and Post-Colonial Literatures and Modern Poetry. In 2001 he returned to Scotland and took up the post of Reader in Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow.

Riach has contributed to many collections and written other books, including the monograph, Hugh Macdiarmid’s Epic Poetry, which was based on his PhD dissertation and was published in 1991 by Edinburgh University Press. He is also the General Editor of Carcanet’s multi-volume, The Complete MacDiarmid.

Since 2003, Alan Riach has held a Professorship in Scottish Literature and is currently Head of Department. His most recent critical book is Representing Scotland in Literature, Popular Culture and Iconography: The Masks of the Modern Nation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) and he has contributed poems and essays to numerous recent volumes, including Scotlands: Poets and the Nation (co-edited with Professor Douglas Gifford, Carcanet, 2004), 121 New Zealand Poets (Godwit Press, 2005), Spirits of the Age: Scottish Self-Portraits (ed. Paul Scott, Saltire Society, 2005), The Wallace Muse (ed. Lesley Duncan and Elspeth King, 2005) and The Edinburgh Book of Twentieth-Century Scottish Poetry (Edinburgh University Press, 2005).

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Publication: Elizabeth Burns

Elizabeth Burns, Tworzenie Księżycowego Dzbana (Maski, 2014)

Originally published as Held (Polygon 2010)

Translated into Polish by David Malcolm and Monika Szuba

Eizabeth burns

Szkocka poetka Elizabeth Burns zajmuje się nie tylko “tworzeniem księżycowego dzbana”, ale również budowaniem literackich światów w ogóle. W materialnych, wręcz namacalnych krainach jej poetyckiej wyobraźni znajdziemy postaci najróżniejszego typu (od dwóch sióstr czytających o wojnie, przez garncarza przy pracy, aż po Mozarta u schyłku życia), otoczone zastępami barwnych przedmiotów, wspomnień i elementów krajobrazu. Wizualny wymiar tej poezji jest równie wyraźny jak zaufanie, którym Burns darzy wspomnienia. Oto “migotania pamięci” – “ulotne cudowne kwiecie”.

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Publication: Crime Scenes

Crime Scenes: Modern Crime Fiction in an International Context.

Ed. Urszula Elias and Agnieszka Sienkiewicz-Charlish (Peter Lang, 2014)

Publisher’s website

264154_cover_frontCrime Scenes: Modern Crime Fiction in an International Context examines the ways in which crime fiction has developed over several decades and in several national literary traditions. The volume covers a wide spectrum of current interests and topical concerns in the field of crime fiction studies. It introduces twenty-four original essays by an international group of scholars divided among three main sections: «Genres», «Authors and Texts» and «Topics». Issues discussed include genre syncretism, intertextuality, sexuality and gender, nationhood and globalization, postcolonial literature and ethical aspects of crime fiction.


David Malcolm, Introduction


Thomas Anessi, “Literary Codes of Conduct in PRL Crime Fiction: Barańczak, Joe Alex and the Powieść Milicyjna.”

Nina Holst, “Way too meta»: Readers, Writers and Transmedia in Castle.

Nina Muždeka, “A Pothead Detective Challenging the Genre: Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice.”

Elżbieta Perkowska-Gawlik, “The Quest for Identity in Academic Mystery Fiction.”

Agnieszka Sienkiewicz-Charlish, “Tartan Noir: Crime, Scotland and Genre in Ian Rankin’s Rebus Novels.”


Stephen Butler, “Banville, Simenon, Stark – An Existential Ménage à Trois.”

Wolfgang Görtschacher, “Constructions of Identity and Intertextuality in Martha Grimes’s The Black Cat.”

Ayşegül Kesirli Unur, “Cingöz Recai at Work: A Study on Early Turkish Crime Fiction on Film.”

Arkadiusz Misztal, “LSD Investigations: The End of Groovy Times and California Noir in Inherent Vice by Thomas Pyncho.”

Monika Rajtak, “Investigating Evil: Crime Fiction Remodelled in When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro.”

Monika Szuba, “Bloody Typical: Genre, Intertextuality, and the Gaze in The Cutting Room by Louise Welsh.”

Jørgen Veisland, “Whose Letter? Possession, Position and Detection in Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Purloined Letter’.”

Jadwiga Węgrodzka: The Detective as Reader: Narration and Interpretation in Arthur Conan Doyle’s Detective Stories

Marta Aleksandrowicz-Wojtyna, “Crime Fiction in South Africa? Nadine Gordimer’s Rendition of Crime in ‘Country Lovers’ and ‘Town Lovers’.”

Bernd-Peter Lange, “South Asian Sleuths: Colonial, Postcolonial, Cosmopolitan.”


Dorota Babilas, “Her Majesty’s Own Murderer? Queen Victoria and Jack the Ripper in Popular Fiction.”

Rachel Franks, “Gender and Genre: Changes in ‘Women’s Work’ in Australian Crime Fiction.”

Marie Hologa, “‘Snort for Caledonia’ – Drugs, Masculinity and National Identity in Contemporary Scottish Detective Fiction.”

Miriam Loth, “‘…the abyss gazes also into you’ – Guilt and Innocence in British Golden Age Detective Fiction and Contemporary Crime Novels.”

Jacqui Miller, “An American in Europe: US Colonialism in The Talented Mr Ripley and Ripley’s Game.”

Fiona Peters, “The Perverse Charm of the Amoral Serial Killer: Tom Ripley, Dexter Morgan and Seducing the Reader.”

Cyprian Piskurek, “More Than Meets the (Camera) Eye: Detective Fiction in Times of CCTV.”

Marta Usiekniewicz,  “The Eating Detective: Food and Masculinity in Robert B. Parker’s Spencer Series.”

Arco van Ieperen, “What’s the Word? Sexism and Political Correctness in the Crime Fiction of Robert B. Parker and Sara Paretsky.”

A short story by Paul D. Brazill –  “The Tut.”

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Festival BETWEEN.POMIĘDZY starts tomorrow!

The 5th international festival of literature and theatre BETWEEN.POMIĘDZY will take place in Sopot and Gdańsk from 12 to 17 May 2014.

The festival is organised by Professor David Malcolm, Dr Monika Szuba and Dr Tomasz Wiśniewski.

The theme of this year’s festival is New Beginnings.Otwarcia


For information on previous festivals/conferences, see

For further information about the festival, contact the organisers at


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New Beginnings in Scottish Literature – Programme Announced


SOPOT, 14-16 MAY 2014

Conference programme:    BETWEEN.2014 

The conference will take place as part of the BETWEEN.POMIĘDZY international festival of literature and theatre held in Sopot and Gdańsk from 12 to 17 May 2014. This is the fifth annual festival/conference organized by BETWEEN.POMIĘDZY.


For information on previous festivals/conferences, see

For further information, contact the organisers at


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News update: Captivating Criminality Conference

News update

Agnieszka Sienkiewicz-Charlish is going to talk about “Gothic Scotland: Rebus, Edinburgh and Ghosts of the Past” at Captivating Criminality: Crime Fiction, Darkness and Desire Conference that will take place at Bath Spa in April.

Programme and more information here:


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Studies in Scottish Literature (University of South Carolina)

Studies in Scottish Literature, founded in 1963 and based at the University of South Carolina since 1965, is the leading international refereed scholarly journal in its field, publishing new research and critical debate on all periods of Scottish literature. It is published in both print and digital format, hosted through the University’s Scholar Commons site, with free searchable full-text access now available for the full journal run (vols. 1-39, 1963-2013).