Online reading and writing groups

This page lists research communities that you can join online. These are organised entirely or partly by College of Arts colleagues.

Please send details of virtual reading groups, discussion forums, talks etc to Arts Lab Director, Faye Hammill and to Casi Dylan at For the latest information, see the College of Arts Events page.

Research groups

Medieval Reading Group: This new group aims to bring together medievalists from a range of disciplines, welcoming PGRs, PGTs, and staff.  Meeting fortnightly to discuss recent scholarship and present work in progress.  Contact Iona Baker.

History of the Highlands of Scotland/ Gaelic Scotland Reading Group: for staff and PGs. Encompassing language, literature, culture, religion, nomenclature, archaeology, landscape, built heritage and material culture, etc, across all time periods from the early medieval to the present. Usually Wednesdays at 3pm. Contact Martin MacGregor.

Old English Reading Group: Reading Old English texts in the original language. Open to all & beginners welcome. Fortnightly on Fridays 12:00-13:00. Contact Rachel Fletcher for details & reading materials.

Tea with Transatlantic Literary Women: informal get-together, with invited guests. For summer 2022, the meetings will take the form of a writing group. Usually Wednesdays at 4pm. Details via #TeawithTLW or the TLW blog.

Romanticism Reading Group: hosted by English Literature and Scottish Literature. Times vary. Contact Nigel Leask.

Cultural Techniques and Practices of the Self: Organised by the Digital Departures Lab, this reading group looks to explore the emergence of 'cultural techniques' as a theoretical framework in studies of media. It invites staff and postgraduate students to regular meetings to discuss both old and new work in this area. Contact Timothy Barker to join.

Sustainability, Diversity and the Pandemic: The "Discourses of Sustainability" Arts Lab theme, in collaboration with the SMLC SocioLang research cluster, is hosting a series of Zoom discussions on how the current pandemic is reframing our thinking around links between nature, environmental sustainability and diversity (linguistic, cultural, biological). Contact Bernie O'RourkeTom Bartlett or Guillem Colom-Montero.

Mute 2 Read & Write: a daily 90 minutes with all news and social media muted, followed by email sharing of what participants have achieved. Hosted by Theatre Studies. Contact Dee Heddon.

Write Club for staff and students hosted by Theology and Religious Studies. Tuesdays, 2-4pm via MS Teams. Uses the pomodoro technique: writing for 20 mins, breaking/chatting for 5 mins, repeating. Contact Zanne Domoney-Little.

Writing group hosted by Archaeology. Fortnightly: Tuesdays 2-4pm. Contact Nicki Whitehouse.

Pop Matters: A Series of Writing Clinics for Thinking 'The Alternative'. Thursdays: 5 to 7pm on Zoom. Open to all; no previous experience of creative writing required. Visit Pop Matters website or contact Maria Sledmere or Conner Milliken

Biblical Interpretations Research Cluster: meeting monthly via MS Teams/Zoom to exchange work, provide feedback, and plan future events. Contact: Zanne Domoney-Little.  

Adorno Reading Group: weekly: Thursday at 5.15. Contact Calum Weir to be added to the mailing list and receive the readings.

Finnegans Wake Reading Group: weekly: Wednesday at 10am. Contact John Coyle to join the group and find out what page they're on!

Empire, Colonial and Postcolonial Reading Group: fortnightly: Thursdays at 4pm. Cross-disciplinary group, encompassing social science and humanities approaches. Contact Sourit Bhattacharya.

Substantial Motion is an international research network founded by Dr Azadeh Emadi (U of Glasgow) and Dr Laura U. Marks (Simon Fraser U) for scholars and practitioners interested in cross-cultural exploration of digital media and philosophy. Members meet monthly to discuss works and their research in progress, and the network holds online exhibitions. Visit the website to join.



Technical support for online collaboration is available from The team can remotely access your device if you need help.

A practical guide to the 'Nearly Carbon Neutral' conference model is available here.