Lead School - School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures 

The James Tait Black fiction MOOC will introduce readers to some of the key elements governing contemporary fiction: plot, characterisation, dialogue, and setting. It will draw, for much of its primary material, on the four shortlisted novels chosen for the 2017 shortlist (and subsequent years); this will have the effect of developing interest in and increasing publicity for the UK’s oldest literary prize, as well as encouraging readers to have a much deeper engagement with cutting-edge fiction. Another unique aspect of this MOOC is that it will be run in collaboration with the Edinburgh International Book Festival (EIBF), which has hosted the James Tait Black award ceremony for the past ten years; the EIBF will promote the MOOC as widely as possible through its various media outlets, will cover any copyright fees incurred from using excerpts taken from new novels, and will host a special event at next year’s Book Festival for local participants of the MOOC.

This University of Edinburgh-EIBF collaboration will be in place for three years in the first instance.

The University and the CAHSS are actively seeking multi-level strategic engagement with Edinburgh’s Festivals, particularly the curated festivals – EIF, EIBF, EIFF, and EAF. The MOOC will be an outstanding vehicle for academic and intellectual engagement with the EIBF’s content, as well as for raising the international profile of the prize

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Report Date RAG Budget Effort Completed Effort to complete
July 2017 BLUE 0.0 days 0.0 days 0.0

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How to Read a Novel
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Stephen McEwan
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Melissa Highton
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