Category Archives: Meet The Team

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!)

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.

5 Things About Brenda

Hi, my name is Brenda and I’m a writer.

Here are 5 things I’d like you to know about me, because who doesn’t love a list?

1. I’m also a cook. My favourite thing to make is Viennese whirl biscuits with a cherry on the top, because they’re so pretty.

2. My favourite writing is essays of the creative kind, but I’m coming to love short stories too.

3. I listen to audiobooks when I go walking, which is great multitasking. I’m listening to The Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin just now, and really enjoying it.

4. My favourite possession is my mini camper van, and in the summer I hope to go off in it to write my dissertation.

5. The quote I’m living by right now is:




Hello there!

Hi, Kai here!

An introduction? Well, let’s see: my star sign is Aries, my moon sign is Taurus, my rising sign is Virgo and according to one Facebook quiz my primal sign is Piranha. I don’t know what any of these things mean, but I do think they sound pretty cool.

Perhaps it would be more useful to say that I’m 22, a writing student, born in Perth and living in Dundee. I own too many t-shirts with cartoons on them. I read just about everything but fantasy, sci-fi and comedy are my favourites. I like writing in a variety of formats but the only things I ever seem to “finish” are plays. I’ve been getting really into comics and graphic novels lately. I want to explore different kinds of storytelling: prose; comics; film; theatre; video games; that one guy who works for Buzzfeed and made a scary story out of Tweets; recordings of table top role-playing games transformed into ambitious feats of long-form improvised collaborative storytelling; TV. I write sentences that are too long. I’m currently reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. I make tangential Star Wars references in my blog titles. The last book I finished was Killing and Dying by Adrian Tomine.  I picked Makoto to date in Persona 5.

I will be starting an internship at the Dundee Rep Theatre soon, so stay tuned for that. Unless you’d rather hear more about my progress in Persona 5. If enough people asked for that instead I’m sure the university could work out some kind of compromise.

I’ll think of a catchy sign-off later,