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.
Lauren Pope | Administrative Manager
Lauren has a PhD in Creative Writing (poetry) from the University Of Edinburgh with an emphasis on écriture féminine in the early poetry of Medbh McGuckian and Louise Glück. Her poetry has appeared in various publications including Gutter, Magma, The North, Poetry Wales, The Rialto and Best New British and Irish Poets (Eyewear Publishing). Her poetry pamphlet, Announce This (Templar Poetry), was shortlisted for the Callum Macdonald Memorial Awards. She is a Manchester Poetry Prize finalist, and her poems have been shortlisted in the Bridport Poetry Prize and Wigtown Poetry Competition. Her collection, Always Erase, is forthcoming from Blue Diode Press in January 2022.
She is your first point of contact and will help you with any questions about the summer school or requests you may have. “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.”
Colin Fenton | Administrative Manager (Maternity Cover)
Colin has an MPhil. in Publishing Studies from the University of Stirling and worked in publishing for many years. He grew up speaking Doric in rural Aberdeenshire in Scotland and has a keen interest in Scottish writing particularly in Scots and Doric.
He is passionate about music of all types, especially jazz, and participation as a volunteer led to working on Jazz Festivals throughout Scotland. He has been a member of a community choir for over 5 years and enjoys singing, though this currently means virtual rehearsals on Zoom.
He volunteers in his local Scout group and has supported many activities including a walk along the John Muir Way as well as being Treasurer of the local district.