Calum Rodger | Director
Calum holds a PhD in Scottish Literature from the University of Glasgow, with a thesis focusing on the work of Scottish poet, artist and ‘avant-gardener’ Ian Hamilton Finlay. His research interests include Scottish modernism and counterculture, experimental poetry, performance poetry and the intersections between literature and other media. He is a passionate advocate for the study of electronic literature, having published groundbreaking research into online poetry-generating robots, and is currently working with poets in Scotland and Quebec on the ‘Cinepoems’ project, exploring ways of mixing poetry, film, and digital media.
Calum is also a performance poet, co-hosting live poetry night The Verse Hearse (running in Glasgow since 2012) and performing widely at venues throughout Scotland, including the National Museum of Scotland, BBC@Potterrow (for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), The Stand Comedy Club and TEDxGlasgow. His chapbooks Know Yr Stuff: Poems on Hedonism and Glasgow Flourishes are published by Tapsalteerie, with further work published on his website, www.calumrodger.co.uk.
Katy Hastie | Director
Katy Hastie is a writer of fiction, essays and experimental poetry based in Glasgow. Her work has appeared in From Glasgow to Saturn, Zarf, Zest, The Kelvingrove Review and Gutter. She regularly performs her work, organises events, edits freelance and teaches in places as diverse as HMP Low Moss, Aye Write, the University of Glasgow and the University of Strathclyde. She has been the recipient of the Martha Hamilton Essay prize, the SGSAH pilot Bothy Project Residency, SGSAH Artist in Residence at the City Art Centre, Edinburgh, and an AHRC scholarship at the University of Glasgow where she is completing her PhD on queer representations of surveillance in Proust and working on a novel regarding Police infiltration of eco-activists.
Her research interests include Modernism, experimental poetry forms, Creative Art writing, lyrical essay, feminism, queer theory and the representation of surveillance in twentieth Century and contemporary literature.
She is on the board of directors of Gutter Magazine and dabbles in radio work, co-producing two radio dramas on Sub City Radio and a radio essay series on Walter Benjamin for the Radiophrenia project at the CCA in 2015. When she isn’t writing, editing or teaching, she’s sleeping, running, and drinking coffee, pretty much in that order.
Lauren Pope | Administrative Manager
Lauren is currently working towards a PhD in Creative Writing at the University Of Edinburgh with an emphasis on semiotics and anorexic minimalism in the early poetry of Medbh McGuckian and Louise Gluck. Her poetry has appeared in various journals and online publications including Gutter, Magma, The North and The Rialto. She was chosen as one of Eyewear Publishing’s Best New British and Irish Poets 2017. Her poetry pamphlet, Announce This, was published by Templar Poetry, and shortlisted for the 2018 Callum Macdonald Memorial Awards.
She is your first point of contact and will help you with any questions about the summer school or requests you may have. She writes, “It’s amazing how much organisation goes into those six weeks, but every year it all comes together and provides an incredible and rewarding time for all the students and staff involved. It’s always very exciting when the new students arrive in Edinburgh, and it is an immense pleasure to meet them.”
Rhiannon da Cunha | Administrative Manager (Maternity Cover)
Rhiannon received an M.A. in English Literature from The University of Edinburgh and went on to further receive a Master’s in Arts, Festivals and Cultural Management from Queen Margaret University. No stranger to SUISS, Rhiannon, originally from New York, moved to Edinburgh after her SUISS experience as a Creative Writing student in 2010. She later became a SUISS student host in 2012 and 2013, as well as an administrative assistant. For the last year, Rhiannon has been a tutor in English Literature and essay writing to high school and university students in Edinburgh. The remainder of her time is filled with her two little boys. Rhiannon is so very excited to join the SUISS team again, and cannot wait to meet all the students from around the world.