Monthly Archives: January 2019

Diving on the Archives

The first “dive” of the Brechin Book Project is tomorrow!

I met with Archivist Caroline Brown last Friday and got a quick preview of what we’ll be seeing, feeling, etc. The collection is impressive, to say the least, and expansive in that it covers not just subjects theological, but everything from Anatomy to Botany to Politics and Society (as in the Tatler) of the day. And that’s the contents. There are many, many cloth bound books but equally many rather lovely (and some stunning) leather bindings together with coloured engravings that will make you go, “Ah!”

But I don’t want to jinx your experience with the Brechin Collection, by gushing any more. Here’s a photo of what sort of thing to expect.

(As we’re allowed limited amount of space for Media in this blog, hope that’s enough to whet your appetites.)

In news of the same vein, a few people have asked where we’re actually meeting tomorrow and how to find it. How to find Archives: Downstairs in the Tower Building. There are signs pointing you away from IT and toward Archives (left turn at bottom of stairs). Easy peasy.

Michele and Brenda are meeting the 11:00 crowd in the Library Coffee Shop at 10:30. If you can’t make that, you can go directly to the Archives reception at 11:00.

For the 12:00 batch, I thought it would be easy to meet in the Lobby at about 11:50 and go down together, but again, you can also turn up at the witching hour in the Archives themselves. For variety’s sake, I will be in the Tower Café from around 11:20 for anyone who want to meet up there first.

Finally, a wee reminder as to who signed up when:

11:00-12:00: Nicole, Hammy, Michele, Brenda, Chris, Kai

12:00-13:00: Loreta, Geraldine, Sue, Elaine, Rhoda, Jane, Ian, and Hannah.

Jeannie is the only person I haven’t heard back from.

Look forward to seeing you all tomorrow, if only in passing!



Hemming and Hawing

Standing in awe of my bio-adept friends                                                                                                         I hem and haw virtually, as my word-craft descends                                                                                   Into new depths of paralysis                                                                                                                           No view to catalysis                                                                                                                                               This rhyme is raw with hanging loose-ends.

Hi, this is, indeed, my awkward introduction to my bio.

I’m Rhoda Neville, another of the very special group of WPS students in this year’s crop. This is where we’ll be talking about our semester projects–our trials and tribulations and our small victories–and the art/obsession of writing in general.

I’ve shared my life out, so far, between the States and Britain, and am happy to be back in Scotland. When writing I’m fairly eclectic, switching between poetry and prose, writing with a touch of humour, some pathos, and sometimes style–like a manuscript form of Charlie Chaplin Film. My downfall seems to be writing about myself in a blog. (It seems to be an allergy to sounding big-headed.) I have a SF novel in second draft and lots and lots of writing in various forms of progress.

I’ve three grown children, dogs, and cats, most of who are still in the Arizona, preparing for the Big Move Back. In the meantime, I’m footloose and fancy-free for the first time since my mid-twenties…although I don’t remember feeling all that footloose or fancy-free, then. Hmmm. Other than writing and reading, I spend  time meditating, walking along the Tay, working out (yes, I know that’s a surprise isn’t it?), and doing a bit of gaming. I started Bachata lessons last week and will be doing a bookbinding course as a refresher later this semester.

I’ve come to regard the rest of the contributors on this blog as friends and family even though, with the limited amount of time we’ve had together, we should still be strangers. Perhaps that’s how sharing writing works over several months? Good writers, I do believe, crack the door and shine a light on their souls.

“Just a quick introduction”

Okay, here goes…

Nicole Gemine, 22 years old. Writer (attempting to be), Student (for the fifth year in a row), and mum (he’s adorable). I spend my time changing nappies (nobody told me they go ten times a day!!), drinking copious amounts of tea (exchanged for wine on weekends) and writing short stories.

On a more professional note – my journey on the Writing Practice and Study MLitt is going fab so far. With two internships up my sleeve and an interview scored with the fantastic Sue Peebles, this semester is looking to be even better.

Stay tuned to find out how these go (and of course, see the occasional baby update!)

Book Archives Project – Found Objects

Well, it’s all rather exciting as small tasks start to bring together the pieces that will eventually make the whole.

Having helped Rhoda set up Twitter and PayPal, please look out for the facebook link to soon follow from Rhoda. Already the marvels this book collection holds will begin to start the transformation of the old into the new and I am rather excited to see this as I have loved working with the few images provided to me to set up the basics for Twitter. Speaking of  Twitter this can now be located at Also, if you have a PayPal you can be one of the first to donate any sum large to small via the PayPal portal at


Paypal is very easy to set up and once you have it you will wonder why you never had it all this time!

Rhoda is looking after all the social media and PayPal from now on, so follow on Twitter/Facebook for more up to date details on the Brechin Project.

Even more exciting for me, is that I have to now leave you and start to prepare for my writer’s interview on Wednesday with Alastair McIntosh



Writing your first blog post shouldn’t be this difficult

Hamzah Hussain by Robert France Photography

You’d think as an almost-twenty-five year old living in the digital age, I would be a pro at all the things an almost-twenty-five year old should be, like blogging.

To be honest, I missed that train… and the one where everyone listens to podcasts. I guess it’s never too late to learn and catch up.

I’ll try not to ramble too much, so here is what you need to know for now:

My name is Hamzah and I’m and emerging writer from Dundee (don’t ask what kind of stuff I write, don’t event know yet).

That’s my mug up there   ^  ^   ^

I’ll be using this site to update, anyone who cares to read, on my journey through this WPS course. You can find out what we get up to on this course and how we’re doing with our various internships.

You know, for a Creative Writing student, I really thought I’d be better at this sort of thing. But this is just a quick intro. If you want to get a better idea of how I write, you can check out some of my reviews for DURA here.  

For other writerly things, follow me on twitter @hamzah_h21394.