Patrick Errington | Modernism

Originally from the prairies of Alberta, Canada, Patrick is a poet, translator, and doctoral researcher at the University of St Andrews. He has long been fascinated by the interplay between text and reader, particularly within the modernist tradition; his current research, under Profs Don Paterson and John Burnside, draws from fields as diverse as semiotic philosophy, phenomenology, cognitive neuroscience, linguistics, and literary theory to complicate and broaden notions of literary critique and response. A graduate of the University of Alberta and Columbia University, he is also interested in ‘creative response’, such as translation, versioning, and homage, as they are enacted in modernist literatures.

As a poet and translator, Patrick’s work has won several prizes, including The London Magazine, Wigtown, and The National Poetry Prizes, and appears in numerous journals and anthologies, including The Cincinnati Review, Boston Review, Best New Poets, The Iowa Review, Copper Nickel, Oxford Poetry, and The American Literary Review. His French translation of PJ Harvey’s poetry collection, The Hollow of the Hand, was released in France in 2017 by Éditions l’Âge d’Homme, and his own short collection of poetry, Glean, was recently published by ignitionpress.

Having taught literature at universities in Canada, France, the US, and Scotland, Patrick is now in his second year teaching with SUISS, and he is not at all embarrassed to admit that he has spent the entire intervening year looking forward to the courses beginning again!

Dr James Leveque | Modernism

s200_james.levequeSince 2013, James has had the opportunity to teach literature at the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University, and the University of Dundee. Although he’s taught the broad sweep of English literary history, he’s also organised more focussed courses on Modernist literature and visual arts, literature and the Bible, and Modernism and nationalism. In 2015, he received his PhD from the University of Edinburgh in Comparative Literature, with a dissertation on prophetic and apocalyptic themes in the works of Ezra Pound, Guillaume Apollinaire, and F T Marinetti, and has since developed research interests in poetics, religion, and social theory. James has published this research in a number of journals, and is currently preparing it as his first monograph, entitled Words Like Fire: Prophecy and Apocalypse in Apollinaire, Marinetti, and Pound (Legenda, 2019). More recently, James completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for the Advanced Study of the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh, where he began exploring the relationship between the literature of the post-war counterculture, spirituality, and nationalism. James is also a poet, and a producer of Savage Reading, a podcast on literature, philosophy, and politics. This is James’s fourth year as a tutor at SUISS.

Dr Sibyl Adam | Scottish Literature

Dr Sibyl Adam

Sibyl Adam has a PhD in English Literature and currently works in community engagement at University of Edinburgh. Her thesis and subsequent monograph, which is currently under review at Palgrave Macmillan, uses affect theory (feelings, emotions and associated critical theories) to analyse representations of the everyday in narratives of Muslim women migrating to the UK in the Edwardian and contemporary periods. This research has feminist motivations to show the importance of women’s emotional experience to the history of both migration and Muslims in the UK. Sibyl has taught extensively on all periods of English and Scottish Literature and has research interests in contemporary Scottish writers such as Ali Smith and Scottish Muslim writing (particularly Leila Aboulela and Suhayl Saadi).



Nia Clark | Scottish Literature

Nia Clark

Nia is in the final year of an AHRC-funded PhD in the University of Glasgow’s Scottish Literature department. Her research seeks to provide a comprehensive analysis of the poet and playwright Liz Lochhead’s corpus through a study of her use of everyday voices from 1972 to the end of Lochhead’s term as Scots Makar. Nia’s research also challenges issues of gender in literary criticism and she recently co-organised the Women Creating Scotland conference held at Glasgow Women’s Library.

She has been teaching in Scottish Literature since 2017, covering a range of 18th-21st century literature from poetry and prose in the Scottish Enlightenment to Jenni Fagan’s The Panopticon. She has also been providing examination support and one-to-one tutoring for students since 2016.

Nia has also developed a workshop exploring the use of colour in poetry in collaboration with Edinburgh College of Art’s Textile department and The University of Edinburgh. The workshop is currently being used as a learning tool in secondary schools.

Jess Orr | Contemporary Literature 

Jess is in her second year of a PhD at the University of St Andrews, focusing on the contemporary Scottish writer Ali Smith. Her thesis is provisionally titled: ‘Making Space for the Reader in the Fiction of Ali Smith’. She is a passionate teacher who has tutored literature for many years in a one-to-one capacity, and has most recently been teaching 19th and 20th Century literature at the University of St Andrews, and on the Lift Off Study Skills programme with the University of Abertay.

Jess has previously worked with a variety of literature organisations including the Edinburgh International Book Festival and Scottish Book Trust, and in 2014 collaborated with Ali Smith on a series of events called ‘Something Else’. She continues to work with community organisations as a reading group facilitator, leading regular sessions in Edinburgh at the Grassmarket Community Project and Eagle’s Lodge care home. Other recent workshops and projects have included St Augustine’s High School, Venture Trust, LGBT+ Health and Wellbeing, StAnza International Poetry Festival and the Audacious Women Festival in Edinburgh. In 2017, she is undertaking a placement at the Glasgow Women’s Library as Reader in Residence.

Eleanore Widger | Contemporary Literature

Eleanore is in the final weeks of her PhD at the University of Dundee. Her research explores British ‘radical landscape poetry’ in light of Romantic eco-ethics and eco-aesthetics. Research interests include experimental and open field poetry, poetry and painting, landscape phenomenology, and theories of perception and representation. Over the past year Eleanore has published articles in English and The Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry, and completed an internship at the Scottish Parliament’s futures think-tank, Scotland’s Futures Forum, where she investigated historical and contemporary attitudes towards landscape in Scotland. She is the 2018 Arts and Humanities Research Institute Doctoral Fellow for the Centre for Poetic Innovation at the Universities of Dundee and St Andrews.

 Eleanore has taught on the English Literature course at Dundee since 2015 and is also a tutor at Lifelong Learning Dundee. She is delighted to be returning to SUISS this year.

Dr  Nick-e Melville | Creative Writing

Nick-e Melville makes found, visual, process and sometimes even ‘proper’ poetry. Since 2010 he has had ten publications released, including a poster poem and a badge; his most recent book is ABBODIES (sad press 2017) and he was anthologised in the international collection of visual poetry The New Concrete (Hayward Gallery Publishing, 2015). His work has also featured in several exhibitions, with a solo exhibition, ‘DOLE,’ at Interview Room 11 in 2013. He has taught creative writing in many settings for over ten years and from 2010-2011 he was Writer (not) in Residence at HMP Edinburgh. From time to time he organises and co-hosts poetry events in Edinburgh, the current series is Second Space, poetry with videos.

Nick-e is pursuing an AHRC funded PhD at the University of Glasgow working on an epic post-conceptual book length poem-object,The Imperative Commands. The poem is composed entirely from found texts, harvested from the language of instruction in advertising, the media, etc., that assault and ‘guide’ everyone of us every day.

Carmel Doohan | Creative Writing

Carmel Doohan has a BA in Fine Arts from Nottingham Trent University where she studied painting and animation. After graduation her film script won a commission from Digital Shorts to produce a short animated film and she worked with Aardman Animations in Bristol.

Carmel is currently in the final year of a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow, and her thesis ‘Writing the Real: Realism and New Materialisms’ looks at the issue of realism through philosophies of becoming, cybernetics and cognition. Her creative practice is a fragmented novel that combines theory, auto-fiction and fiction to explore epigenetic and data feedback loops.

Carmel was literary editor for Exeunt Magazine in London and has written on arts and culture for The Arts Desk, Tribune and Film International. As a tutor in English Literature (Writing and Ideology) at Glasgow, she is particularly interested in the intersection of the theoretical and the narrative. She has taught creative writing in both university and in community settings, and focuses on interdisciplinary critical-creative writing, auto-fiction, hybrid forms and experimental fiction.


Tim Craven | Creative Writing

Originally from Stoke-on-Trent, Tim is a second-year creative writing PhD student at the University of Edinburgh. He has a BSc in neuroscience from the University of Manchester, an English BA from the Open University and a poetry MFA from Syracuse University. Tim’s AHRC-funded thesis examines the writing of the Confessional Poets (Sexton, Lowell, Plath and Berryman), specifically their use of metaphor to characterise emotional and psychological extremity.

Tim has taught writing at Syracuse University and Princeton Art’s Council, worked at the NYC literary agency, Writers’ House, and toured as an award-winning stand-up comedian.

Last year, Tim’s poetry won Edinburgh University’s Grierson Poetry Prize and the Shore Poets Quiet Slam, and this year has been selected for inclusion in Talbot Rice Gallery’s exhibition, Trading Zone. His poems have been published in leading literary journals across the UK and US, most recently The Florida Review, St. Petersburg Review, Notre Dame Review and Iron Horse Literary Review.

Dr Lewis Church | Theatre & Performance

Lewis Church is an artist, writer and academic based in London. He completed his PhD in 2017 at Queen Mary University of London, and has worked as both an Associate Lecturer in the Drama Department there and as a Visiting Lecturer at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. His academic work has been published in PAJ and The First Line, and other writing in The Art Story, East End Review, Something Other, Exeunt and Loose Lips. Lewis has also produced commissioned writing for SPILL Festival of Performance, Daily Life Ltd. and The Sick of the Fringe. His research is focused on the inter and trans-disciplinary, particularly in live art, musical and club performance, subcultural art practices and performative interventions into everyday life.

As an artist and producer Lewis has worked with Ron Athey, Vaginal Davis, Franko B, Bobby Baker, Split Britches and Shabnam Shabazi. He had his first solo gallery installation Ziggurat in 2012, and was awarded ‘Best Live Art’ at Bornshorts film festival (Bornholm, Denmark) in 2014 for his performance film Altered States. In 2018 Lewis has expanded his practice as a Dramaturg, working with Stacy Makishi on her show The Comforter at The Yard (London), with Xavier de Sousa on Regnant for Live Collision (Dublin), and with Sh!t Theatre and Contact Young Company on the acclaimed She Bangs the Drums (Manchester).

Molly Ziegler | Theatre & Performance

Molly is a final-year PhD candidate in Theatre Studies at the University of Glasgow.  Her doctoral thesis – ‘Staging Madness: representations of madness on the early modern English stage’ – examines dramaturgical strategies for portraying mad characters in Elizabethan and Jacobean plays.  With this project, she is particularly interested in exploring the dialogue between theatre and society and how this communication shapes perceptions of madness and mad people.  Her research has also extended into more practical areas with the writing and directing of Let Her Come In, a one-act adaptation based on the mad characters of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.  Her other research interests include playwriting, dramaturgy, contemporary British theatre and medical humanities.

Molly has taught on a range of theory- and practice-based theatre studies courses at the University of Glasgow.  She has also worked as an assistant director and dramaturg with Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre Young Company, and as a dramaturgical liaison for the 2016 Dream On! collaboration between the University of Glasgow, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow School of Art and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.