AWARD-winning author David Mitchell will visit the University of St Andrews on June 3 for a one-day international conference on his works.

The conference, to be held in the School of English, brings together twenty speakers from ten countries to discuss the author’s fiction, whose works include Cloud Atlas and number9dream, as well as Black Swan Green and Slade House.

The event will also include a visit to the University’s Special Collections to see the new collection of Mitchell’s rare works held there, as well as a reading from the author.

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The conference organiser, Dr Rose Harris-Birtill of the School of English, said: "For me, the day is about bringing together a wider community that includes both contemporary literature experts and readers who simply want to know more.

"This isn’t just about discussing books. These works open up some of the most difficult problems of the twenty-first century, including the effects of globalisation, climate change, and the aftermath of the Iraq war."

Dr Harris-Birtill will also be guest editing the associated publication following the conference, a special edition of the journal C21 Literature.

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POP duo Erasure are to play the Caird Hall, Dundee next year. Tickets for the concert on February 2, 2018, will be on sale from Friday via Dundee City Box Office.

Between 1986 to 2007, singer Andy Bell and songwriter and keyboardist Vince Clarke achieved 24 consecutive Top 40 hits in the UK, while having three Top 20 hits in the US.

By 2009, 34 of their 45 singles and EPs had made the UK Top 40, with 17 climbing into the Top 10. At the 1989 Brit Awards, Erasure won the Brit Award for Best British Group and they have now sold over 25 million albums worldwide.

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QUEEN Margaret University students are to stage open-air production of Shakespeare's As You Like It in the grounds of QMU's Musselburgh campus on June 6, before transferring to Dunbar’s Close Gardens on Edinburgh's Royal Mile for four nights from June 7-10.

More than forty students from across QMU’s Performing Arts programmes are working with staff to create the show, which will be directed and designed by the University’s staff team, Kate Nelson, Sarah Paulley and Polly Lister. The show will also feature Jeremy Devlin-Thorp, an MSc Music Therapy student from QMU.

Audience members are invited to bring along a picnic before seeing the shows and light refreshments will be made available. An open dress rehearsal on the morning of June 6 will welcome children from local Musselburgh schools at a free performance and accompanying workshop.

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