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School of English Visiting Professor Richard Ford reads in Trinity

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Chris Morash is appointed to the
Seamus Heaney Professorship
of Irish Writing

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The School of English hosts a public reading by Sam Shepard

Seamus Heaney at the School of English 'Paradise Lost' charity readathon

School Administrative Manager Orla McCarthy welcomes new students

Renowned crime fiction writer P.D.James is hosted by the School of English

Welcome to the School of English at Trinity College, placed 25th in the world and 7th in Europe by the 2014 QS University Rankings by Subject.

Welcome to the School of English at Trinity College. The School is one of the oldest in the world and in 1867 founded the first ever Chair in English Literature, named after Trinity Professor Edward Dowden. On this website you will find information on courses for undergraduate, international, post-graduate and research students. The site also provides details of our current Faculty and Administration staff, with links to our research, publications, public lectures and events. There are also links to the Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing (below) and to the School of English Facebook page. For information on how to apply to the School of English, please see

News & Announcements

  • All Over Ireland: New Irish Short Stories, edited by Deirdre Madden (Molly Fox's Birthday, Time Present and Time Past), continues the tradition of featuring the work of both new and established writers, including Colm Tóibín, Mary Morrissy and Eoin McNamee. These diverse and accomplished stories, by turns dazzling, thoughtful and startling, bring new ideas and energy to the form and richly enhance the tradition of Irish fiction. This will be published by Faber and Faber on 21st May 2015.

  • On Sunday, 24th May 2015 at 6.00 p.m. in Smock Alley Theatre Deirdre Madden will take part in an event as part of International Literature Festival Dublin with Selina Guinness and Eoin McNamee and chaired by Prof Stephen Matterson.'

  • The School of English together with the Long Room Hub will be hosting a conference on the theme of ‘Poetry and Collaboration in the Age of Modernism’ on 2-3 July. The programme and registration details can be found here.

  • Colm Tóibín before speaking on same sex relationships in literature at an event organised by the School of English on Thursday, 14th May 2015.

    As Ireland gears up to vote on the marriage equality referendum on May 22nd, multi-award-winning Irish author Colm Tóibín will give a public lecture on same-sex relationships in literature on Thursday, 14th May 2015 at 6.30 p.m. in J.M. Synge Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin. To ensure sufficient seating, registration is required.

    The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion with Dr Paul Delaney (TCD), Dr Heather Ingman (TCD) and Dr Danielle Clarke (UCD), chaired by Prof Nicholas Grene (TCD).  The event is organised by the School of English as part of the Trinity Long Room Hub’s ‘Behind the Headlines’ discussion series.

    The public lecture and panel discussion will coincide with a visual display on the subject of same-sex relationships in English literature. From Chaucer to Children’s Literature, the slideshow illustrates the manner in which some staff members at the School of English engage with the topic in their teaching and research and can be seen on the screen in the arts building tunnel at the Nassau Street entrance to College and on the Trinity Long Room Hub website. Further information and registration details can be found here.

  • The annual conference of the European Network for Short Fiction Research on the theme of ‘Reading Short Fiction in Transnational Contexts’, organised by Philip Coleman and Clare Hayes-Brady, took place on 17-18 April, co-hosted by the School of English, UCD and the Irish Writers Centre.  For full details see

  • Poetry, memoir and song with Gerald Dawe and Eleanor Shanley, will take place to mark the publiciation by Lagan Press of 'Early Poems' and 'The Stoic Man' - the final part of the Lagan Series. Thursday, 23rd April 2015 at 5.00 p.m. at the Studio, Town Hall Theatre, Galway.

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Last updated 18 May 2015 School of English (Email).