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10 Questions with...Dennis Duncan

1 December 2022

Dennis Duncan, lecturer in English talks about his background, professional career to date and interests outside work.

Dennis Duncan

1. Hello! Tell us a little bit about yourself, and what you do at UCL.

I’m Dennis. I’m an Associate Professor in the English Dept. I've been at UCL for four years, and for the most part I teach students about the literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

2. What are you most looking forward to working on over the coming months?

I’m on sabbatical in the spring and I’ll be starting to work properly on my next book, which will be about ephemera. Tickets, posters, menus, receipts: all the printed stuff that’s not books. I’m looking forward to getting stuck into that.

3. What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?

There was a bit of pressure to go into the family business and be a psychoanalyst.

4. What are your main interests outside work?

Aside from mucking about with the kids, I’m trying to learn the piano.

5. What are you reading at the moment?

I’ve been reading the novels of Amanda McKittrick Ros, who is famously the worst novelist in English. Also, a wonderful biography of her by Jack Loudan called O, Rare Amanda!

6. What would people be surprised to discover about you?

I spent ten years working as a computer programmer.

7. If you could develop a new skill - and reach an advanced level within a week - what would it be?

Piano!

8. What is your favourite podcast?

The Totally Football Show

9. What did you learn about yourself from lockdown?

As long as I gaze on Muswell Hill sunsets I am in paradise.

10. Tell us a joke!

You’re supposed to put the potato down the front of your trunks!