Renato studied architecture, urban planning and theology in Rome. A member of the Vatican Commission for the Preservation of Monuments and Works of Art, he worked in Italy and the Vatican State for a number of years. In 2001 he published his first book: Apocalisse. Le cose che stanno per accadere. Linearita e reversibilita del tempo nell’ Apocalisse di Giovanni, and in 2010, Rivelazione e Storia; both anthropological analyses of the Book of Revelations. Since 2012 Renato has given continuing education classes on Italian culture, history and art at the University of Dundee.
Josephine Jules Andrews
Josephine Jules Andrews is a memoirist and poet, and has taught Life Writing/creative non-fiction at the University of Dundee since 2013. Born in Dundee, she trained in Anthropology, Geography and Ecology at University College London Washington University in St Louis, and worked in conservation in Europe, India and Madagascar. Her students have published widely, and their writing has featured in exhibitions and events including the Dundee Literary Festival in 2014, 2015 and 2016. In 2017 she won the Dundee University Student-Led Teaching Award for ‘Most Inspirational Teaching’. She has co-edited and co-designed Dundee Writes magazine since Issue 1.
Dr Anthony Cox is a freelance lecturer, researcher and tour guide. As a PhD student and History Fellow of Trinity College, at the University of Cambridge, his early research interests lay in modern comparative labour history, which laid the basis for the publication, in 2013, of his Empire, Industry and Class: the imperial nexus of jute, 1840-1940. In more recent years, however, he has widened his teaching and research focus towards investigations of subjects as diverse as the Picts, the early history of Scotland, and the religious roots of local and Scottish radical movements and thinkers.
Dawn Geddes is a creative writer, public relations practitioner and freelance journalist specialising in literature. Her work has appeared in a number of publications including Scots Magazine, Living Magazine, Daily Record, The Courier, No 1 and Scottish Field. Using her extensive experience in public relations and journalism, she works with authors teaching them how to promote themselves and their work online and in the media.
Sandra Ireland is an award-winning poet and novelist from Carnoustie, Angus. In 2017, she won the Scottish Association of Writers’ Dorothy Dunbar Trophy for Poetry, and has been published in Seagate III, Furies and other anthologies. Her debut novel Beneath the Skin is published by Polygon. A second novel, based on an old folktale, will be out next spring. Sandra is Writer-in-Residence at Barry Mill, Angus.
Matthew is Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee, looking after a collection of over 30,000 objects, artworks and specimens and running the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum, the Tayside Medical History Museum and the exhibition programme in the Tower Foyer & Lamb Galleries. He also has a lifelong passion for cinema and has taught film history evening classes at the University since 2001.
Elizabeth is Senior Partner in a law firm in Dundee where she been a practicing solicitor for many years and is also a part time tutor/lecturer at Dundee University in the School of Law. Currently chair of the Joint Education Board between the Law Society of Scotland and the Society of Law Accountants she regularly delivers lectures for the Law Society. Her ambition is to enable non lawyers to understand the role of our legal system and gain some knowledge about different areas of law.
Currently a Doctoral candidate in creative writing with the University of Surrey, Rachel’s thesis investigates the creation of satire as a socio- political discourse. She is a BA from Lousiana State University, received an MLitt from St Andrews University and an MPhil from Dundee and has been teaching literature and writing in the UK and the US for 15 years as well as publishing her own writing academically, in literary anthologies and working as a journalist.
A Dundonian, Neil is currently responsible for Public Engagement at the University of Dundee Botanic Garden. Neil took his first degree in Philosophy and Music at St Andrews and, after training as a CA, obtained a Botany degree at Dundee, followed by a PhD and post-doctoral research in plant physiology. Neil’s lecturing field reflects his wide interests and includes the history of science from Copernicus to Quantum Mechanics, plant classification, the First World War and blues guitar. He also has his own practice as a Chartered Accountant.
Alison Bell is a member of Aberdeen Writers’ Studio and is currently one of Scottish Review of Books’ Emerging Critics. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in Northwords Now, Dundee Writes and Dundee University Review of the Arts. She has written for newspapers and radio, and holds an M. Lit in Creative Writing
Hailey Austin is a comics PhD student at the University of Dundee, originally from Colorado USA. Her dissertation focuses on animal comics, anthropomorphism and trauma. She has been published in Art Spiegelman’s, Maus and the Walking Dead. She was also the recipient of the Grant Morrison Award for Comics Studies
Rebecca Brown has worked as a tutor for the universities of Dundee and St Andrews in their courses for adults for the last 12 years or so. Before moving to Scotland, she was a member of the Education Department of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford upon Avon, devising and teaching courses for students from British and overseas universities, often in collaboration with the University of Birmingham and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Lauren Christie is a PhD student examining the Gothic Tradition in Modern Education, Children’s Gothic, and Young Adult fiction. She has published on contemporary horror, and will continue to do so over the next few years. Lauren is a 2018 recipient of the BARS Stephen Copley award, and the Scottish International Education Trust grant.
Emily Dewhurst runs the Dundee based publishing house, Kitchen Press. She studied English and American Literature at the University of East Anglia then got her first job at Canongate Books before coming to Dundee as Music Development Officer. She has worked with either books or music ever since, and has a lifelong passion for fiction
Katie Donnelly is a Library and Information Assistant, specialising in reader development. She established Story Café, Dundee’s monthly short-story discussion group, in order to bring together a community of readers interested in enhancing their creative and critical thinking about literature through active reading. She is currently working on a research project about representations of madness in women’s writing
Martin Laidlaw is currently enacting corrections of a thesis titled ‘Appeal to Reform in Chaucer and Langland’ relief in medieval literature, religious reform and the poetry of social complaint. He has acted as tutor at the universities of Dundee and Newcastle, teaching on a variety of modules. Publications include ‘Brand Chaucer and the Nation’ (Routledge 2018) and ‘Chaucer and the Undead’ (Thatanos, 2018). Martin has also extensively written for medievalist.net, and enjoys the work of Ezra Pound and Christopher Marlowe when not writing on the middle ages.
Zoe Venditozzi is a writer and teacher from North East Fife. Zoe’s first novel, Any Where’s Better Than Here, won the popular vote in the Guardian’s Not the Booker prize and she has published stories and poems in various journals. Zoe is currently working on a new novel and a collection of short stories