Category Archives: dundee makar

World Porridge Day Tag Team

As part of my zealous efforts to keep up with the marmalade-packed Poetry Calendar, I have so far failed to observe the fiftieth anniversary of Dundee’s roadbridge ower the Tay, or the 200th anniversary of the local paper, The Courier … Continue reading

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Awa the Messages (for National Poetry Day 2016)

I was prompted to post this piece for National Poetry Day by a comment made on Facebook by the poet Mandy Maxwell, who pointed out that the theme for this year’s NPD has a double meaning for a Scottish (or … Continue reading

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Stop! in the Name of the New Unsettlement

4 (of 4) So the public art proposals I’ve been posting on Strawberry Duck on Tumblr for the last few years aren’t exactly that; they are partly simple enough ideas which could actually be done (and at relatively little expense, … Continue reading

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Dial the New Unsettlement!

3 It is as an opposition to this mindset that I welcome, rejoice in, and kick myself for missing, the construction and demolition of the cardboard Royal Arch by Claire Dow and Olivier Grossetete. Such fond, culturally-informed and – yes … Continue reading

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Stiob! It’s the New Unsettlement

(I’ll try to post this four part piece daily across this week.) 2 One social phenomenon which illustrates this neatly is the late Soviet satiric mode of stiob*. According to Dominic Boyer and Alexei Yurchak, who produced a study comparing stiob … Continue reading

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Smile! It’s the New Unsettlement

1 (of 4) I was intending to be in Dundee last weekend for a project that strongly appealed to my imagination: the reconstruction and subsequent demolition of a cardboard effigy of the Royal Arch. With my usual, firmly xenochronicitous grasp … Continue reading

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From the Miniature to the Virtual: Informationist Dundee

Like several  Scottish and Northern cities which have struggled with their changing identity – are they, as formerly, principally provincial conglomerations, or can they become something more, something capable of rebalancing the stacked centre/region dichotomy? – Dundee has performed and … Continue reading

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