'Hugely exciting' to have author at Otago University

Novelist Val McDermid is taking up a professorship at the University of Otago. PHOTO: ODT FILES
Novelist Val McDermid is taking up a professorship at the University of Otago. PHOTO: ODT FILES
Scottish crime writer Val McDermid heads to the University of Otago next year, to take up a visiting professor role in the humanities division.

The university announced her appointment yesterday, saying her visiting role at Otago would run from from 2019 to 2021.

For each of the three years of her role, Prof McDermid will spend up to eight weeks a year in Dunedin, where she will be attached to the university's centre for Irish and Scottish studies.

Prof McDermid, who holds fellowships from the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, will be visiting professor of Scottish studies and crime fiction.

Her books have sold more than 15 million copies.

Irish and Scottish centre co-director Liam McIlvanney said the appointment was ``hugely exciting''.

``To have a writer of Val McDermid's eminence and experience attached to the centre over a sustained period will be of significant benefit to our students, our programmes and our whole institution.''

She will mentor postgraduate students in the Scottish studies and creative writing programmes, and will also contribute to undergraduate courses in Scottish studies, crime fiction and creative writing, as well as giving a number of public lectures and readings.

In a statement, Prof McDermid said she was ``delighted'' to be travelling to Otago.

She wrote the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series, which was adapted for the television drama Wire in the Blood, starring Robson Green.

She has won international crime fiction awards and her books have been translated into 40 languages.



Add a Comment



Our journalists are your neighbours

We are the South's eyes and ears in crucial council meetings, at court hearings, on the sidelines of sporting events and on the frontline of breaking news.

As our region faces uncharted waters in the wake of a global pandemic, Otago Daily Times continues to bring you local stories that matter.

We employ local journalists and photographers to tell your stories, as other outlets cut local coverage in favour of stories told out of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

You can help us continue to bring you local news you can trust by becoming a supporter.

Become a Supporter