Dr 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.
Dr Hannah Tweed | Director
Hannah joined the SUISS team as Co-Director in 2015, having previously worked as a tutor in contemporary literature at SUISS. Hannah was awarded her PhD from the University of Glasgow in 2015, where she then worked as a Teaching Fellow in English Literature. Her thesis focused on representations of autism in contemporary literature and film, drawing on disability studies and work from within the medical humanities. She is currently working on a project on contagion in contemporary literature. Hannah is the co-founder of the Disability Studies Network UK, and runs the website for the Glasgow Medical Humanities Research Centre. She reviews regularly for Disability Studies Quarterly, H-Disability, The Year’s Work in English Studies, and The Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies.
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 The Rialto, Etchings, Gutter and Magma. She was chosen as one of Eyewear Publishing’s Best New British and Irish Poets 2017. Her poetry pamphlet, Announce This, is forthcoming from Templar Poetry.
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.