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.
Maria Nella Carminati
Since getting a PhD in linguistics/psycholinguistics (University of Massachusetts, 2002) Maria has been a researcher in the psychology of language in Scotland, Italy and Germany. Before that she was a language teacher. She says: “Language and languages have been my life’s passion and I hope to instigate some of that passion in you, too, if you attend my class.”
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.
Erin Farley is researching Dundee’s Victorian communities and their poetry and song traditions for a PhD with the University of Strathclyde and Dundee Central Library’s Local History department. She is also interested in folklore, oral history, lighthouses and ghost stories, and is a traditional storyteller.
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.
Catherine taught English as a Foreign Language for nearly 30 years at all levels of proficiency and at colleges, community centres and universities. She has a PhD in Applied Linguistics for a thesis on second language acquisition in the theoretical framework of Chomskyan Universal Grammar. She also has an interest in language change and perceptions of grammar.
A former ARSA Rhodes Scholar, Dr Skene is an ecologist whose work has taken him to the Americas, Africa, Asia, Australia and across Europe where he has taught at many universities. Author of four books, he is director and founder of the Biosphere Research Institute, an independent, international and multidisciplinary centre for social, economic and environmental sustainability. His latest book is Sustainable Economics: Context, Challenges and Opportunities for the 21st Century.