This year we welcome SUISS alumni Kyra and Herschelle as our 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.
Kyra Titi (8th July – 17th 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!
Herschelle Benjamin (8th July – 17th August)
Hi guys! My name is Herschelle Benjamin and I’m born and bred in South Africa. I’m currently enrolled as an MA student in Drama & Theatre studies at Stellenbosch University and I’m also a part-time arts journalist. I’m currently doing marketing & publicity at our university’s annual arts festival – US Woordfees. But between us, I just want to be a playwright, drink tea, read books/newspapers/poetry, attend costume parties, and direct theatre shows that make people think and explore uncomfortable themes. For now, I’m so privileged and absolutely ecstatic to be your Student Host with the lovely Kyra.
I attended SUISS last year on the Elizabeth McLennan Scholarship and subsequently experienced my first trip outside the borders of my beautiful country. And I’m so glad it was to Edinburgh and to this fantastic summer school! The people I met, the places I went, the shows I saw, the laughs we had, the learning that took place… ALL of it made me want to come back and make sure you also get to experience the full SUISS experience.
It’s the perfect place to make new friends and to deepen your studies with brilliant tutors. The directors are not so bad as well… Jokes! Everyone part of SUISS are #goals!
Allow yourself, take everything in and make the best of your time here. I’m here if you have any questions and I can’t wait to meet you all.
See you on the ceilidh floor.