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 recently chosen as one of Eyewear Publishing’s Best New British and Irish Poets 2017.
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 all.”