In defence of the wolf

Wolves are returning to their former ranges across Europe and North America, resurrecting a centuries’ old war with humans. Yet wolves are losing this battle, because in our arsenal we possess not only guns, traps, and poison, but something much more powerful: the human imagination. Despite the …

June 24, 2019 | English


Light Box – bringing together culture and science

Light Box celebrates light in all its aspects – solar, sacred, scientific, nourishing, and poetic. Produced as a result of meetings between Professor Crawford and McBeath and contemporary physicists whose work centres on light, the work juxtaposes a series of …

August 19, 2016 | Art History


Neil Gaiman brings Beowulf back to St Andrews

When prize-winning author Neil Gaiman first encountered the Old English epic Beowulf, he did so via the Penguin Classics translation of the poem, made by Michael Alexander, former Berry Professor of English at St Andrews.

June 21, 2016 | Events


The Fair Intellectual Club

Research by the School of English’s Professor Robert Crawford into the first of the great city rivalries of the English-speaking world – that of Edinburgh and Glasgow – has inspired a play by the comedian Lucy Porter.

March 3, 2015 | English


English poetry goes digital

The study of Medieval and Renaissance English poetry conjures up images of quiet libraries and beautiful volumes, but researchers in the School of English are endeavouring to change this image.

February 20, 2015 | English


The exponentially engaging Vanessa and Virginia

Extensive editorial and biographical research on the work of Virginia Woolf by Susan Sellers, Professor of English and Creative Writing in the School of English, led to the composition and publication of her first novel, ‘Vanessa and Virginia’, a glimpse …

September 30, 2014 | English


“Seamus Heaney’s Five Fables” iPad app

Dr Chris Jones and Dr Ian Johnson, from the School of English, have collaborated with Flickerpix Animations and Touch Press on their exciting new multimedia iPad app of Seamus Heaney’s translation of Five Fables by the medieval Scottish poet Robert Henryson.

May 23, 2014 | Public engagement


‘Where have all the flowers gone?’ and the ubi sunt motif

‘Where have all the flowers gone?’ by American folk singer and political activist Pete Seeger is not just an arrestingly powerful protest song from the era of the Cold War and McCarthyism; it draws on a deep tradition of lament …

February 11, 2014 | English