Exclusive essays for DURA
Dundee University Review of the Arts (DURA) is delighted to have exclusive access to the international Notting Hill Editions essay prize short list due to the role of Prof Kirsty Gunn, director of the University’s esteemed Writing Practice and Study MLitt course.
Professor Gunn is a judge on this year’s prize, and, in advance of the prize’s announcement in two weeks’ time, Dr Gail Low has secured rights to publish excerpts from the short list which appear on DURA daily. Writing Practice and Study are foregrounding the art of essay writing in a range of exciting ways in their teaching and research, but this exclusive partnership with Notting Hill Editions highlights right now the extent of that influence outside the University and the prestige of the programme, both here and further afield.
A recent essay on DURA by one of the world’s best practitioners in the field, Chris Arthur, who teaches essay writing on the programme, addressed the need for students to think about why they write and how if they are to teach themselves to think and not just repeat ideas already established. “Our view of the essay is that it’s an exciting creative force field as well as a critical tool” says Dr Low, who urges readers to go on line and comment on the essays published on DURA. “By letting it be both we can really open up our thinking”.
The 2017 awards will be presented on 28th June 2017 along with the publication of the prize winning entries in the treasured Notting Hill Editions hardback format.
Find out more about the Writing Practice & Study MLitt at the University of Dundee