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Diamonds out of the Ashes: A Brief Survey of Polish Cinema 1946 – Present

This lecture on Polish cinema by Rohan Crickmar is part of Focus on Poland Strand at Edinburgh International Film Festival and will take place on 28th June in the Filmhouse, Edinburgh. The event is free and all are welcome!

More information about the lecture can be found here.

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The first volume of Elsewhere stories in Polish translation is finally online! The original texts by prominent, Scottish and non-Scottish, writers were commissioned by the Edinburgh International Book Festival and published on the Festival’s website. As the title of the series suggests, its main themes revolve around journey, distance, escape and confrontation with the ‘other’. The aim of the project is to grant all these fantastic works a new life elsewhere, namely in Poland – in top-notch translations prepared by undergraduate and postgraduate students and other translation enthusiasts affiliated with the University of Gdańsk. The volume was co-edited by Marta Crickmar.

You can have a look at it here.


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CfP: Captivating Criminality 4

The Captivating Criminality Network’s fourth UK conference, Crime Fiction: Detection, Public and Private, Past and Present will take place in Corsham Court, Bath Spa University, from 29th June until 1st July 2017. Abstracts are due by 13th February 2017.

More information about the conference can be found here.

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Conference: Scots and Gaelic Writing in the Scottish Renaissance: Language and Legacy

The 2016 ASLS Languages Conference, “Scots and Gaelic Writing in the Scottish Renaissance: Language and Legacy” will take place at the University of Glasgon on 5th November.

Conference’s website can be found here.

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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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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!



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


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