Dr Sarah Dillon, of the School of English, has been chosen by BBC Radio 3 and the Arts and Humanities Research Council as one of the New Generation Thinkers 2013. Dr Dillon is one of 10 early career academics chosen from hundreds of applicants, and one of only two from Scotland. The aims of the search was to find the academic broadcasters of the future.
The 10 winners will spend a year working with Radio 3 presenters and
producers to develop their research and ideas into broadcasts. They will
make their debut appearance on Radio 3's arts and ideas programme,
Night Waves, on successive editions beginning Monday 3 June and will be
invited to make regular contributions to the network throughout the
year. They will deliver talks at Radio 3's annual Free Thinking Festival
of Ideas at the Sage, Gateshead in October 2013. The academics will
also have an opportunity to develop their ideas for television,
including working with BBC Television Arts to make short taster films to
be shown on BBC Arts website.
Sarah’s work looks at the relationship between contemporary
literature and science and explores how the reading habits of scientists
have influenced the way that they think. [press release]