This year we welcome former SUISS students Chrysoula (Kyra), Nikos, and Jack to return as Student Hosts. They will meet you at Pollock Halls reception on arrival day, and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the summer school, or Edinburgh in general.
Chrysoula Titi (9th July – 18th August)
Hello fellow SUISSers! My name is Chrysoula but you can call me Kyra, which is much easier to pronounce in English. I am from Greece and I live in Athens where I currently work as an English language teacher. I studied English Language and Literature in the University of Athens, after which I completed my Master’s in Postcolonial Studies at the University of Kent. So as you have probably guessed, I love literature!
I attended the Scottish Literature course in 2014 as I was very kindly awarded the Greek Scholarship offered by SUISS that made this experience possible. Literature fascinates me and I am always eager to explore other literatures and cultures. I had specifically applied for this course because I wanted to learn more about Scottish literature since there were no such courses in the university syllabus at the time, and what better way to be introduced into this glorious world than discovering it firsthand in the city of literature itself. It was undeniably the best choice I could have ever made. The programme was excellent both on an academic and on a personal level, as I met such lovely people, made good friends and had the support of our amazing student hosts. What I most appreciated was the multicultural environment and the shared feeling of love for art, which I am certain you will experience as well.
Inevitably, I associate Edinburgh with SUISS now and you should not be surprised if you do too by the end of the summer. It is one of my favourite cities and I have such sweet memories of my time there, so when I say I am thrilled to return there, that is an understatement. I will do my very best to assist you in every way possible and to make your stay in Edinburgh the most extraordinary adventure yet. I am looking forward to meeting you friends! Until then, take care!
Nicos Stratigakis (9th July – 4th August)
Hey, everyone! My name’s Nikos and I come from Athens, Greece. I hold a BA in English literature and an MA in International & European studies from the University of Athens, where I’m currently doing a PhD in modernism. I’m an avid reader, a movie buff and a fan of all sorts of obscure (and some not so obscure) music. I make a living as a teacher of English as a foreign language (children can be extremely fun – trust me!). I also blog from time to time and I’m a bit of an aspiring writer to be honest. The things I hold most dearly include rainy weather, the smell of pubs and the second-hand bookshops (the ones that actually have good books). Now, give all these, it’s quite clear why Edinburgh is my favourite city and why I’m looking forward to explore it with all the SUISS people! So, if you’re looking for somebody who endlessly blabbers about some weird indie band or Gravity’s Rainbow, I’m your person! Actually, I also care about serious stuff and all your concerns and thoughts, so I’m here to talk about really anything – be it jolly or serious. Till then, feel free to drop me a line (fb: Nikos Stratigakis) and start planning a memorable trip to the Highlands maybe? See you in the summer!
Jack Lawson (6th – 18th August)
Hey y’all! My name’s Jack. I’m a freelance journalist, videographer, tutor and, most importantly, a graduate of the SUISS creative writing class of 2015.
Heading to Scotland that summer was a risk which paid off in droves. The friends I made have lasted me oceans and years, but it wasn’t easy at first. Packing for a new place can be spooky, stressful, and awesome all at once.
If you need to chat or just someone to listen I’ll be there.
Edinburgh itself is a magical city. There are plenty of nooks and crannies to explore. The coffee also happens to be stellar if you know where to look. And that’s not even mentioning the book shops, bars, bodegas, and breath taking views. The fact that you’ll be there during the fringe dials an already incredible experience up to eleven.
Attending SUISS in 2015 changed the way I looked at the world. I’m sure it’ll be the same for you!